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  1. Nancy
    Sep 23 - 12:39 pm

    Such great timing! I was going to begin my research on Low Glycemic foods today, because my blood sugar has been acting up lately. Thanks for the excellent head start!

    I’ve been trying Benfotiamine lately and seem weirdly more sensitive to sugar, though I thought from my docs comments it would go the other way. Any thoughts about that?

    Also, would love any recommendations for food diary aps that do glycemic counts and don’t yell at you about calories!

    Thanks SO much as always!

  2. John
    Sep 23 - 1:41 pm

    I’ve found that eating coconut oil (nutiva brand from Amazon is the best/cheapest I’ve found, the bigger the jar is the cheaper per oz. it usually is) really helps with blood sugar regulation. I can’t really eat it now due to food sensitivities but when I cooked food in coconut oil I would stay full for much longer and also be more ‘steady’ in my appetite without the sudden cravings. Something to do with medium-chain triglycerides, I think.

    • Cort Johnson
      Sep 25 - 1:54 pm

      Thanks – I’ve heard good things about coconut oil. Good luck on those sensitivities…

  3. Tally
    Sep 23 - 2:31 pm

    I’ve been following Montignac’s Low Glycemic Diet since I was a little child. It’s just a way to have a balanced diet, and not really meant to lose weight as other diets are.

    I have medium to severe ME for 4 years now, so I can’t say it makes me feel any better. But at least my iron, vitamin, calcium, etc. blood levels are perfect.

  4. Gayl Hamilton
    Sep 23 - 6:11 pm

    I have tried low glycemic index eating styles before, which tend to make me feel worse. However, lower glycemic LOAD, as mentioned here, is what I thrive on. I have been trying to eliminate a lot of those foods because of the bad rap on grains, but it is exactly the foods listed here (the appropriate pastas, rice, etc.) that I do best with! Going to go back to listening to my instinct!

    • Cort Johnson
      Sep 23 - 6:22 pm

      It certainly validated and gave me a clue why some foods bother me. Unfortunately its harder to find data on glycemic load – altho some of the books mentioned focus on that. The Sydney database appears to be the best.

  5. ABE
    Sep 23 - 10:29 pm

    I only do well if I have very few carbs in my system.

    And it takes me at least 4 days to get them out of my system – during which period I feel even more sluggish than usual (have CFS).

    The only thing that works is to do the Carbohydrate Addict diet (if you’re going to eat carbs at one meal a day, keep that meal to under 1 hour from start to finish; and make sure you get equal parts fat, carbs, and protein: if you want more, same proportions).

    That allows me to eat on a cruise (1 meal a day with carbs) or have a restaurant meal.

    The rest of the time, low carb alternatives (can you put the chicken Madeira over broccoli) and desserts such as the Cheesecake Factory’s no-sugar cheesecake make it possible to eat well. I still have to watch quantities – I don’t get much exercise, and really don’t NEED that many calories – but the body craves them.

    Once I get the carbs out of my bloodstream, I stop craving them.

  6. MsJustice
    Sep 24 - 4:42 am

    I don’t do well without a lot of carbohydrates. I’m better with wholegrains and slow release carbs, they tend to make me fell fuller longer and give me energy for longer, so i don’t need to snack at all.

    I’ve always been slim and have needed more carbohydrates than most people, so it’s not always as simple as cutting carbs out, if you naturally burn more off than others.

    I couldn’t do that first Atkins type diet. I’m sure the Paleo suits some people and it would have a lot of nutrients in, but I need more filling carbs in addition to keep me from being hungry. Some people say fat and protein fill them up more. That doesn’t work for me unless I eat lots and then an hour later, I’m hungry again as the energy giving carbs are missing.

    It would be good to see if it’s metabolism differences or differences in genetic, body types, digestive differences or other that causes some people to do well on low carb diets and others, like me, to hate them.

  7. dilys
    Sep 24 - 6:13 am

    I have had CFS/ME for nearly 20 years and suffered from blood sugar swings all the time. Cinnamon is wonderful for controling blood sugar, e.g. sprinkled on breakfast. Have not had much trouble at all since starting the paleo diet.

    • Cort Johnson
      Sep 25 - 1:52 pm

      Thanks for info Dily :). Gotta look into the paleo diet.

  8. Sarah L
    Sep 24 - 6:31 pm

    How can pineapple juice be rated 46 and a whole pineapple rated at 66? Is there some assumption that the pineapple is canned and in syrup rather whole, fresh? I have it right that the higher number means the sugar goes faster into the blood stream, right?

    All sugar is out of my diet, and that includes sweet cakes and other bakery items. It amazes me that those things, made with low gluten white flour and lots of sugar are in the medium range. The glycemic index is hard for me to understand, when seen food by food.

    My reason to put the sugar out of my diet is not to do with diabetes, but rather to keep my digestion working properly in my M.E.-ill body.

    So I am glad that when I get my watermelon craving, I can satisfy it! It fits in the rule of whole fruits, the only allowed way for me to have fruit. Not dried, or in juice, or otherwise concentrated.

    • Cort Johnson
      Sep 25 - 1:56 pm

      There a couple of bizarre numbers on the GI – and that’s one of them – juice should theoretically always have a higher GI number because it should go straight into your system, and yes, the lower the number the better.

      Glad you got sugar out of your diet :)

  9. Issie
    Sep 25 - 12:15 pm

    One thing my doctor had me do when I was having blood sugar swings was take GTF Chromium. I started out with 2 a day and now only use them a couple times a week. It has kept my blood sugar very level and I’ve not gone into diabetes or having any issues with this.

    I do a rather high carb diet because of it being vegan. I don’t have any problems with it. I think a lot of the problems are in the food combining. Some other countries do a food combining diet and meat and starch are not allowed together. You can do starch with veggies and veggies with meat –but, not meat and starch together. This includes a white potatoe. I think that fat plays a part in the way we process our foods too.

    Here’s a very interesting video on foods and fat and how we could possibly correct a lot of our illness with lowering meat intake and thereby that lowering our fat intake. I consider this a MUST WATCH video. It’s very thought provoking.


    • Cort Johnson
      Sep 25 - 1:58 pm

      I remember chromium from way back but haven;t tried it for years. Thanks to the link to video; it’s amazing who for some people finding the right diet can make such a difference.

  10. Cort Johnson
    Sep 25 - 2:14 pm

    Here are the results from the survey thus far:

    Skipping meals often makes me feel irritable, spacey or weak

    Response Chart Percentage Count
    Agree completely 67% 34
    Mostly agree 20% 10
    Somewhat agree 10% 5
    Don’t agree 4% 2
    Total Responses 51

    Eating starchy or sweet foods by themselves makes me feel tired and weak

    Response Chart Percentage Count
    Agree completely 35% 18
    Mostly agree 25% 13
    Agree somewhat 20% 10
    Don’t agree 20% 10
    Total Responses 51

    When I eat sweet or starchy foods by themselves I add protein or fat to them so I don’t feel bad

    Response Chart Percentage Count
    Agree completely 28% 14
    Agree mostly 18% 9
    Agree somewhat 28% 14
    Don’t agree 26% 13
    Total Responses 50

    I’ve tried a glycemic index diet before. It was

    Response Chart Percentage Count
    Very effective 31% 9
    Somewhat effective 59% 17
    Not effective 10% 3
    Total Responses 29

    I’m interested information on

    Response Chart Percentage Count

    Paleo diet 50% 18
    Anti-inflammatory diet 72% 26
    Ketogenic diet 28% 10
    Elimination diet 17% 6
    Anti-histamine diet 39% 14
    Other, please specify… 17% 6
    Total Responses 36

    I’m interested information on (Other, please specify…)

    # Response
    1. reference for food diary ap that focuses on GI and gluten, not calories
    2. I stay away from ALL carbs
    3. Balanced, healthy diet that’s right for you and your metabolic, genetic type. Eliminate only if it really helps as it’s a pin and could result in a deficiency.
    5. low FODMAPS diet
    6. HCG

  11. Cort Johnson
    Sep 27 - 1:42 pm

    I must say there’s a major difference eating short-grain and long-grain brown rice for me; the first sends me to sleep – the second I don’t even notice the impact at times. For me right now, its all about working on the little things. ..

  12. Rianne Vrinten
    Nov 09 - 7:17 am

    After watching the intriguing documentary “Eat, fast and live longer” I have been trying the 5:2 diet for six months now, containing 5 days a week eating “normally” and 2 days of fasting (i.e. no more than 600 calories a day and lots of fluids). And guess what… during my fasting days I have lots more energy than on usual eating days!!!
    Way before that I had noticed already that I break down after having my first meal on an average day (which is why I have skipped breakfast for years already). My intuition tells me something is badly wrong with my metabolism, but up till now I haven’t been able to find anything that supports my personal theory…
    I have considered skipping eating altogether but somehow don’t think that’s the best idea :)


    • Cort Johnson
      Nov 09 - 9:49 am

      :) I remember Dr. Cheney saying something to the effect of – if only people with ME/CFS didn’t have to eat they’d do much better :)

      I’ve noticed the same thing with the proviso that I can’t fast very long. I know that large meals are bad because they require so much energy (blood flows) to digest….Good luck with the fasting plan and I hope you can find a diet that doesn’t make you more fatigued..:)

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