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anyone doing the american diabetic exchange system

I'm not diabetic (although my family has a history) and am not really overweight either, but I"m trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle. My doctor suggested that I follow the diabetic exchange system where eat a certain number of servings in a group (Starch, Fat, Skim Milk, Lean Meat, Veggies, Fruits) based on what calorie diet you plan to follow. It's supposed to give you a more well-rounded and lowfat/lowsugar diet. I was just wondering if anyone out there is doing this and how it's going...

Thu. Oct 25, 4:37pm

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Yes, I've been doing it since the beginning of the year. At first it felt like "eating by numbers", but now I find myself eating very well-rounded meals without it being an effort. As someone who was an occasional fruit-eater, a rare vegetable eater, and a little screwed up from the high protein/low carb fad, it has done a great job of getting me into a normal, healthy eating pattern.

I wouldn't call it low-fat or low-sugar though. It's more about moderation than restriction, and the frequency and intensity of cravings (which have a lot to do with restriction) have been reduced by about 2/3.

Thursday, October 25, 2007, 4:57 PM

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Thanks for bringing this up. My husband has a family history of diabetes and his weight has gone up lately while mine has gone down. I'm going to see if they have a book.

Friday, October 26, 2007, 2:04 PM

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