For those of you who eat fairly low carb, do you take any supplements? I'm averaging 60-65 g of carbs, and eat a variety of mostly whole foods. I have pretty much eliminated all grains. So I am wondering if I should be concerned about any vitamin deficiencies.

Will certainly discuss with my endoc next appt, but just wondered what my fellow travelers here have found. I'm Type 1, my CGM graphs look so much better eating this way, and I'm finally dropping some weight after packing it on as I transitioned to menopause the last few years. I am not particularly hungry and feeling good, so plan to stick with this way of eating for the forseeable future.

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ann31
Answered 9 months ago    reply

you are probably healthier than anyone eating what the govt calls a "balanced diet". as long as youre getting all of your essential amino acids from proteins and essential fats, and plenty of non-starchy veg, you should be good to go. remember, there are no essential carbs.

h
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Thanks ann! I certainly feel healthier and my BG volatility is drastically reduced. Most of my carbs come from veggies, a bit of fruit, and occasional small servings of potatoes which tend to be kinder on my BG than rice, bread, etc. Still not totally dodging simple sugars from small bits in nut butters, protein powder, and salad dressings, but used with a very light hand. A variety of protein sources and fats (not seeking high fat, but also not shying away from it where it suits me). So far so good after a couple months like this.

ann31
Answered 9 months ago    reply

i eat about that amount of carbs and the numbers i see are also pretty amazing. not type one grit/keto amazing, but rarely over 140-160 post prandial, and those are numbers that i can live with. good luck!!

h
Answered 9 months ago    reply

ann Thanks, and glad to know it is working well for you too!

ann31
Answered 9 months ago    reply

i hate limiting chocolate. if there is ever a cure for this scourge, i am going to mainline chocolate.


d
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I am curious to hear what your Doctor says. Let us know.


91
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I use supplements and a daily meal replacement shake full of vitamins, minerals, prebiotics, probiotics, enzymes and antioxidants. I also cut out dairy, coffee and sugar.


strosnider
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I do much better with low carb too. I need sublingual B12 supplements, but I think it has more to do with my body not making X factor. I've had doctors prescribe other B vitamins as well. I think Bs are what tends to get depleted without grains, but meat and veggies are good sources. Dr. Sarah Ballantyne of the Paleo Mom has a lot of articles/podcasts on nutrient density in foods in a diet without grains.


c.83
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I use a balanced supplement for 50 , getting older and being a diabetic depletes your body of vitamins and some you cannot make on your own. I have always taken vitamins and meal replacement but I switched to the current one six months ago and I feel better, sleep less and have way more energy. Added bonus: my hair is growing and shiny, my hairdresser was shocked, haha. I'm happy with it.I think everyone should supplement, most people I know think they eat better than they really do.

vanessa77
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Which supplement are you taking?


slawson76
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I use Juice Plus !!( Whole food nutrition )!


siobhan.l
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I take calcium, vitamin D and vitamin C


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