How to reconcile low-carb and frugality??

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  1. AbbeyLehman

    AbbeyLehman I shoulda brought HUR!

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    We need to be low-carb to avoid becoming diabetics, but DH is not working right now (is on unemployment) and we'll be moving home to NE Ohio within the next couple of months.....I posted another thread about what to do with the high-carb stuff we could no longer eat, and I got lots of ideas.....Here's the rub--I want to save money, and I got some neat ideas from http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com last night....but it includes lots of carbs. It's very healthy, but also very high-carb.

    I would appreciate some opinions on this....I *am* losing weight on the low carb--I think that's because all the fat & protein keep me so full that I can't stand the thought of eating more meat or veggies....I'm afraid that if I allow us to eat more carbs that I will overstuff myself again.

    TIA,
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  2. Dutchie

    Dutchie Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have done very well on low carb and it has made me much healthier. Don't give in to the temptation to use up your high carb foods. Donate it to a soup kitchen or something and see if you can find somebody in your area who can raise a pig for you. The meat is much healthier and cheaper than anything you buy in the store.
     

  3. marvella

    marvella Well-Known Member

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    if it's high carb, it's not healthy.

    i just looked at it quickly but there are hardly any fruits or vegetables included. what it is, is a cheaper meal planner, but it's not healthy.

    stick with what works. if the extra protein is getting expensive you can either grow your own or eat more beans and legumes. in bulk they are very cheap. it's the bread almost everyone eats with them that runs the carbs up.
     
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    We've also cut-out the starchy vegetables from our diet to really get low-carb. Examples are potatoes, beans, and corn. DW occasionally makes mashed califlower, it almost tastes the same! We buy the low-carb bread (5 carbs per slice), using it sparingly, and avoid all other types of bread or breading. We are, however, eating lots of meat, broccoli, zucchini, mushrooms, eggs, lettuce, and fish. Sometimes I think I'll kill the next person that tries to hand me a salad, but the diet has had amazing results. We've lost 50 pounds each (and me without much exercise)!
     
  5. AbbeyLehman

    AbbeyLehman I shoulda brought HUR!

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    Thanks for the support so far....What about breads made with home-ground grains? The low-carb breads are pretty expensive & hard to find, sometimes.

    Maybe some more detail is in order--we are ok on the financial tip right now, but once we move (and pay for that move! FL to OH is $$) a good portion of our safety net will be gone. We ARE moving, regardless of whether we have jobs first or not, for several reasons--jobs are better and more plentiful there, our family & friends are there, and the weather is more to our liking--too dang hot in FL! We don't have land yet, we will probably be renting for at least the first year, and definitely until after we find decent jobs.

    (Speaking of land, anyone have any good leads for land and/or house in NE OH? Land is more important, it would be nice to already have something liveable on it, too)

    We are, at this stage, homesteaders-at-heart, but we are not yet able to live it. I cannot have animals where I am, and I had to get by with container gardening (which in FL means watering 2-3x a day in the summer). I know we can be low-carb EASILY with our own animals (chickens, a pig, MAYBE a cow/a goat/some rabbits?) and our own garden--not much we would need to buy from a grocery store at that point! I guess I'm just looking for a little support from folks with a similar mindset--DH is VERY new to low-carb and isn't much help! :)
     
  6. ceresone

    ceresone Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Anyone looked at the South Beach Diet? its one exactly like my cardioligist wants me on--but i'm like the original poster--who can afford the recipes--we live on a farm--not a city where such is available--
     
  7. WendyW.

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    I'm doing low carb too and have lost a good amount of weight. I still have a long way to go but it's coming off fast.

    I try to keep it simple and not think about it too much. There are days that I crave something different but I have to talk myself out of it.
    I'll make cookies for the kids and if it's driving me crazy, I'll have ONE!!! Take tiny bites and make it last. LOL You have to learn to discipline yourself, at least I do, and I don't feel like I need one every single time I make cookies(which is often for my bunch).

    I've gotten to where I'm not even very hungry during the day so I don't eat much at all. I might nibble something for breakfast(2 scrambled or boiled eggs with a couple slices of turkey bacon), have a decent sized meal around 3:00pm(Nice sized piece of protein and small salad). Then, I make supper for the family and I'm not hungry.

    I stick mostly to eggs,chicken breasts, bunless turkey burgers, fish fillets, canned tuna, lean pork and salad veggies.....lettuce, mushrooms, (small)tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli and cauliflower, green beans.
    I stay away from anything that grows underground (potatoes, carrots), corn (I really miss my cornbread), pasta, bread and rice.

    I haven't noticed my grocery budget increase. I still buy the same things I just eat differently. I'm the only one in my house on this diet and I eat sparingly so things last longer.
     
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    I'm 52 too short and too fat. I went on Atkins 3 years ago and bang - lost 28 pounds in 3 months. I can't get back in the groove of things, though. I think I'm one of those carb/sugar addicted folks. If I could just make it past the 2 week period so I could add more carbs I'd be OK.

    I tried South Beach but didn't exactly get "it" - every time I ate a 'good' carb I felt I was cheating and fell right off that wagon.

    Husband bought me a book for christmas called The Schwarzbein Principle written by a woman dr. NOW he understands I have metabolism problems -and they're getting worse every year- and is trying the diet himself for health reasons. So far I'm even having trouble staying on THAT diet - I think I'm diet burned out and challenged. Thanks to a week vacation and Christmas holidays I've put on 20 lbs. since Thanksgiving.

    I am determined, though, to get back on that horse no matter how many times I fall off...I NEED to get this weight off. First week of April is asparagus time and I have to pick all 1/2 acre myself. I cringe to think how I can handle it now at l95. This is driving me crazy AND it is expensive. Poor folks are probably heavy because food to fill yourself is cheaper than eating healthy.

    Doesn't matter if you live in the city or in the country as I do. It is just plain expensive to live/eat lo carb....
     
  10. MorrisonCorner

    MorrisonCorner Mansfield, VT for 200 yrs

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    I found staying with the Atkins thing on a budget more than a little challenging. AND I ended up going in for very expensive tests and specialists when I developed this tremor. Turns out I had a dangerously low potassium level. Atkins reminds you to use potassium salt as a sub for "real" salt but I found it bitter and wouldn't eat it. Anyhow, so there I am in this expensive specialist's office and she asks "when was the last time you ate an orange?" Well.. like months and months and... me the supportive spouse... I didn't buy anything he couldn't eat, and he never got off of induction when he was on Atkins.

    The low potassium thing was the end of Atkins as far as I was concerned. Do you know where, traditionally, New Englanders get their winter C and potassium? Potatoes. Very high in potassium. Carrots. Squash. All those things you can't have on Atkins. All very high carb.

    The bummer is as soon as I dropped Atkins and switched back to "traditional food" the DH repacked on all the weight he'd lost... while at the same time my tremor disappeared.
     
  11. AbbeyLehman

    AbbeyLehman I shoulda brought HUR!

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    So far, we're still doing ok....I've found some trustworthy recipes at http://www.savingdinner.com (she occasionally uses high-carb ingredients, but 98% of her recipes are under 10 carbs per serving, even with them). I've also invented some of my own....Here's an INCREDIBLE one for those who just CANNOT give up chocolate!

    LOW CARB CHOCOLATE MOUSSE
    2 cups heavy whipping cream
    1/3 cup Splenda
    1/4 cup cocoa powder

    Whip untll *very* stiff (keeps longer)--enjoy!
     
  12. Alice In TX/MO

    Alice In TX/MO More dharma, less drama. Supporter

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    Splenda is nasty.

    Just my two cents.
     
  13. Ann-NWIowa

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    I agree Splenda can be nasty. It seems okay as long as you don't heat it!

    DH is diabetic and we do carb counting. We use the Sara Lee low carb bread from bread store near where I work which is usually $1.50 a loaf. Cost balances out since he eats so much less bread. We count carbs more than eat low carb. He likes his potatoes, sweet potatoes, bread, etc. so I prepare those and he counts the carbs and eats smaller portions. I don't do well without carbs so this works for us. I use regular canned fruit (low syrup when I can find it) and rinse it well. Our main vegetable is green beans since its about the only non-starchy one dh will eat. We do eat peas and corn but again he watches portion size and counts carbs.

    We're both on low fat diet and I have a bigger problem with that issue. No fat = no taste!!
     
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    Just looking at my notes on this list. Other high-potassium foods include celery and prunes. Celery takes more calories to chew than you end up ingesting. Also, one of the best ways to get your potassium and vitamins is with V-8. I get the low-sodium, which all stores don't carry. It has 900 mg. of potassium in an 8-oz. glass. Just 50 calories. Can't beat it.
     
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    Avocado is high in potassium and relatively low carb. I like to place thin slices on a slice of smoked turkey and roll it up for a snack.
     
  17. AbbeyLehman

    AbbeyLehman I shoulda brought HUR!

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    I don't find Splenda disagreeable as far as taste goes...DH sometimes whines about it, but he likes what I can do with it, so he deals. I know it's not anywhere near natural, but if it weren't for Splenda, I don't think I'd still be sticking with low carb.

    On another note, we're not no-carb, just low. I average between 40-50 carbs a day, DH more, because he just doesn't think about it.
     
  18. AbbeyLehman

    AbbeyLehman I shoulda brought HUR!

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    Oh yeah--I asked earlier, but it got buried in the post....What about whole grains? I know beans are ok in moderation, but don't you have to eat grains with them to unlock the protein? Or am I operating with outdated knowledge?
     
  19. marvella

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    yeah that's the "small planet" stuff. it sounds good but has been pretty much proven inaccurate. those recipes have too many carbs too, at least more than most of us are burning these days. i'd say if someone was very physically active they could get away with a little more, but most of us don't walk a whole mile in a week.

    think of it this way. use a 9 inch plate. imagine dividing it in 4ths. 1/4 is your protein. 1/4 is your GOOD carb, like whole grains. the other 1/2 is vegetables. many peole don't eat enough vegetables but that is where your fiber is, and the bulk that keeps you feeling full longer.

    i like splenda. it's better than the alternatives. i had a real hard time finding something to sweeten oats til i tried splenda. no it's not great but it is far better than any other simple sugar or artifical sweetener.
     
  20. AbbeyLehman

    AbbeyLehman I shoulda brought HUR!

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