What Is The Best Salad Dressing For A Diabetic?

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Salad Dressing For Diabetics

If you have diabetes, choosing the right foods in the right amounts and eating them at the right time can become challenging and even overwhelming. Although salads are a healthy way to increase your vegetable intake, what you put on your salad can make the difference between a healthy meal and a high-calorie and fat-loaded meal. Salad dressings add a lot of flavor to salads, but it is important to know how to choose a healthy salad dressing to stay healthy with diabetes. Video of the Day To keep your blood sugar levels under control with diabetes, carbohydrate intake is your main concern. Mainly found in grains, sugar, starchy vegetables, fruits and some dairy, carbohydrates are broken down into sugar and cause your blood sugar levels to rise after being absorbed. Although salad dressings usually provide few carbohydrates, commercially prepared salad dressings, especially low-fat and low-calorie versions, may contain added sugar. Some "light" salad dressings can contain up to 5 g of carbohydrates per tablespoon, which can quickly add up, depending on the amount you use. When choosing a salad dressing, have a look at the carbohydrate content and avoid the ones containing added sugar Continue reading >>

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    Most people at this forum are obviously interested in health and while not everyone is trying to “lose weight” by going Primal, it is pretty obvious that many are. That being said, I’m sure there is a lot of crossover from other weight lose niches and I wanted to share my experience and insights into one of them.
    A few years ago I came across Kevin Trudeau’s book “The Weight Loss Cure They Don’t Want You To Know About” which I read cover to cover. I was convinced that everything in this book was true but the protocol was dependent on taking HCG injections and I was, at that time, too lazy to seek them out. After 18 months, however, I packed on more weight than ever and my health had deteriorated to the point where my heart would race every time I went upstairs to my bedroom. I decided to get things going and make it happen.
    The HCG Diet, which is designed to help you lose one pound of body fat per day, can be simplified as follows:
    1) Loading Phase – initial two days of the protocol where you “gorged” yourself on the fattiest foods you can find. Injections of HCG are taken to get the whole process kicked off.
    2) Reduction Phase – this is the focal point of the HCG Diet. It is a combination of taking an HCG injection once per day along with a Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) which adds up to about 500 calories p/day. This kinda shocks people but the protocol is a short-term gig lasting between 20 and 45 days total, not a lifelong commitment. Health risks on a VLCD in short periods like this are pretty much nill unless you have major underlying health issues.
    The food pretty much lines up Primal. Lunch consists of 100 grams of lean protein (chicken breast, lean grass-fed beef, veal, lean fish, etc) and a handful of low-glycemic veggies from an allowed list. Dinner is a repeat of lunch. You also eat one organic apple and half a grapefruit each day either with meals or separate. There is no breakfast except coffee or green tea. Green tea can be drank throughout the day. You try to keep water intake rather high. The whole “take your body weight in lbs, divide by two and that’s how many ounces you want to target drinking”.
    3) Maintenance Phase – this final phase lasts for 3 weeks and allows you to “eat whatever you want in whatever amounts you please” with one KEY exception. No sugar or carbs. Sounds rather primal, huh?
    (Note: In Trudeau’s book there’s an additional “pre-phase” that is not in the original protocol. It just consists of going to through are series of bodily cleanses and is not considered essential for success in losing weight while on the diet)
    So how did it work for me? Very good, I’d have to say. I’ll write about some details of the experience as well as some observations in a second post, but I did, in fact, lose weight and keep it off. I don’t believe today (see below) that the HCG had much to do it. I planned to do a full 40 day cycle but stopped after 30 days. In that 30 days I dropped from 252.3 lbs on Feb 10th to 224.2 lbs. So I did average about 1 lb of loss per day but I DID cheat (bad) fully four times during the series so I probably would have lost about 5 lbs more if I had been more disciplined. Even though I got the results sought after, read the post below to read why I think the whole HCG Diet is bunk.

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    If you read Dr. Simeon’s book, Pounds and Inches, he goes into great detail on how you need to follow the diet exactly. He goes on to say that after seeing hundreds and hundreds of patients they have, through countless rounds of trial and error, discovered the foods that help the overall weight loss process and the ones that don’t. He states explicitly that “If it is no on the diet…it is forbidden!”
    While people like Kevin Trudeau will say again and again that if you attempt to do the diet by itself without the HCG, you will be hungry for the entire process, feel tired, lost weight from the wrong areas of the body, and then gain it all back quickly. HCG is essential to the process…so they say.
    These problems may be true to one degree or another I think that correlation does not imply causation I this case. Here’s why…
    In my own experience, I came across MarkDailyApple.com by chance. I was still in the middle of Phase 2 of the HCG Diet (the reduction phase) and was a bit panicked when considering what I would do come Phase 3. After all, being able to eat whatever you want in whatever amounts you want as long as there is no sugar or carbs isn’t exactly the bastion of freedom in our world. I could hardly think of anything I COULD eat under those guidelines. Pretty much thought, “Great…so I can pretty much eat eggs and cheese now and that’s it. Oh goodie.” So I was hunting for recipes to figure out how I could make it work. Phase 3 lasts a full 3 weeks to reset your set point to your new, lower weight. Three weeks is not a short period of time.
    I ended up ordering Mark’s books (all three of them) because it seemed to me that I could pretty much just roll into Phase 3 of the HCG diet by following the recipes in the cookbooks and I might as well read the guy’s main book if I’m placing an Amazon order anyway.
    Reading The Primal Blueprint was a MAJOR eye-opener. After reading the book I connected the dots. The reason that the HCG Diet works is NOT because of the actual hormone injections…but because the diet is a PRIMAL diet! Everything on the list is primal. The long trial and error process worked through over years by Dr. Simeon didn’t lead to him finding foods that “helped” the HCG do it’s thing…he stumbled across a Primal Diet that, when combined with calorie restriction, places the body in a state of Ketosis.
    The headaches and tired, lethargic feeling that is almost universally experienced by those attempting the HCG Diet are the exact same type of things that people on this site experience when cutting out carbs in order to eat in a Primal fashion. It’s the body punishing you for not giving it what it wants (sugar) and reluctantly switching over to it’s alternative energy processing method…burning fat. None of this has anything to do with the HCG itself.
    In order to further prove this, I’m going to take on second run at this without the HCG injections. I’ll run it for 20 days eating only the foods allowed on the HCG Diet in the same amounts. My theory is that, because my body has already switched over to burning fat as its primary fuel system, I’ll dodge the negative symptoms common for the first week and will get even better results than with the HCG.
    (I’m going to put up an additional “placeholder” cell below so that I can add the update in sequence for those looking for info on the HCG diet)

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    (This post will be edited with updated info after my second run at the HCG Diet without the HCG)

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