Diet advice in China

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I am teaching in China. Any advice on keeping to a good diet, especially keeping blood sugar levels (FBS) to normal levels ? My FBS was borderline so I wish to reduce it to below 100.

How many calories does the average bowl of rice contain in Chinese cafeterias, and where can I find brown rice ?

Thank you.

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    An average small bowl of white rice probably has more carbs (not calories) than you wish to consume, and while brown rice is slightly better and has a better glycemic index, it's no prize, either.

    I don't know anything about Chinese cafeterias, but - ask your students!  Some of them must have relatives with diabetes, or can find you Chinese web sites with Chinese diet recommendations.

    I'd be very interested in what you find!

    For extra credit you might take a visit to a traditional Chinese doctor for both dietary guidelines and whatever else they might offer.

    Maybe some Chinese readers here will offer something more!

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    I agree with the other persons post i don't know anything about Chinese food but I know rice has a lot of carbs in it.

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    I would suggest that along with limiting your intake of white rice you should limit noodles (egg noodles are slightly better as the egg protein helps) and avoid anything that obviously has sugar in like sweet and sour sauce or sweet chilli sauce.  
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    The issue is that I feel I still need carbs, otherwise I would go hungry, big time. It is counter intuitive to me that one can be satisfied with a reduced carbs meal.
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      I agree but vegetable carbs are better than white rice and noodles.  Higher protein intakes are good for making you feel fuller for longer - doesn’t have to be animal protein.
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    I have spent much time in China (Chinese missus) with well controlled FBG and progressive weight loss.

    If you eat high-carb like the natives (rice and their delicious cakes and dumplings) you are absolutely screwed, so the solution is to go on the carnivore diet (a derivative of LCHF but really effective where dietary fat sources are not easily identifiable).

    Eat plenty of beef, lamb and pork (discarding the sauces) and any meat on skewers... and at a banquet dip in but only eat tofu, meat, fish, eggs, and obvious protein foods.

    When introduced to the speciality of the region, take it enthusiastically and bury it among the debris in your bowl.

    Finally, the firewater drunk at table (baijiu) is not only useful for fueling their ICBM missiles it is fortunately zero carb so you can drink this with impunity until your brain gives out. Leave the beer alone though.

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      Well, I am sorry, but going zero carbs would be miserable for me. While in France this summer, I was able to bring my FBS down to the normal level, while basically cutting out desserts, but whole keeping a basically balanced diet, including some carbs, and that is how I plan to continue. Everyone has difference tolerance levels, and my doctor told me to eat balanced, but not deprive myself.
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      Sorry for those typos - whole =while

      difference = different.

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    It is my understanding that going zero carbs is not a healthy option long term and as a diabetic you need to change your eating habits for at least the foreseeable future.
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    This conversation is bizarre.

    Some rectifications.

    1. I am not diabetic, and have never been. I had one episode where my FBS was a little higher than it should have been, but on the next test, it was back to normal.

    My aim, on this forum, is to gain insight into how to steer clear of diabetes for life.

    I am sorry if my initial post confused some people.

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