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    Has anyone tried using the Atkins diet along with the IC diet. The biggest difference I see is the artificial sweetner. I'm curious if anyone's on the Atkins........

  • #2
    I did Atkin's with no problem with food. But, I only lost 8 lbs in 6 weeks. I take an antidepressant & apparently this inhibits the weight loss :-( boo. I could have gone on for a long time with that diet. Too bad. I tried not to use artificial sweetner, only the yellow one can't remember what it's called. Kathi banghead
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    Kathi

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    • #3
      I did the Atkins diet for a while between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This was before anyone suspected I even had IC... however, I have had a horrible period that has been going on from about mid-December (3 weeks into my Atkins foray) until now (frequency, urgency, pain, etc). This is what finally drove me to the urologist who is pretty certain it's IC.

      I suspect I had IC long before this (for example, last July, while dressing for my wedding I remember thinking "oh, God, please do not let me have to pee during this ceremony!!!") wink And I think I peed about 4 or 5 times on the plane ride from Memphis to Montego Bay, Jamaica at the same time (3 hr ride).......... so I am not blaming the Atkins for anything, even though my husband is (but he just hates it when I diet period lmao )

      I SUSPECT that for me, it was all of the artificial sweeteners I ate during the Atkins period that got me going with a full-on flare. I think that if I were to do Atkins, but were careful about artificial sweeteners, it would be ok!
      ****
      Jen

      *Diagnosed with severe IC in 2004
      *Also diagnosed with PFD, fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain, IBS, migraines, allergies/asthma, dermatographism
      *Kept trying a million different treatments for all these things until I found what works, and I am doing okay these days with the help of a cocktail of medications and the InterStim, which was first placed in 2007. [I have had 2 revisions - one in 2010 when my battery died and had to be replaced, and one complete replacement (lead and generator) in 2012 after a fall on my stairs caused my lead to move.]
      *Current meds include Atarax (50mg at night), Lyrica (150mg twice a day), Xanax (0.5mg at night and as needed), Zanaflex (4mg at night), hydrocodone (10/325, every 6 hours as needed), Advair, Nasonex, Singulair (10mg at night), oral contraceptives, home instills containing Elmiron and Marcaine (as often as I need to do them).

      **I am not a medical authority nor do I offer definitive medical advice. I strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.

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      • #4
        I never thought I'd ever try the Atkins diet, but my hypoglycemia has been giving me a really bad time for several months and I asked our family doctor about trying the low carbohydrate diet. His opinion is that it's okay if it's followed 100% but cheating can cause the cholesterol to go crazy. My husband decided to go on it with me and we are in our second week. I have no idea how we will do as time goes on, but so far it hasn't been difficult to follow. We already use Splenda so that's no change. We're concentrating more on protein foods than on sweets, but I did get some low carb candy bars at Costco this week and some low carb ice cream.

        I'll have to let you know how it goes. We've decided to give it a three month try --- and if we do well, will continue beyond that.

        Donna
        Stay safe


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        • #5
          Blue,

          I do LC because of my IBS and of course to lose weight. But it has actually really helped my IC. Especially at night. Sugar is generally bad for me anyway so I don't even fool around with the fake stuff. If you want sugar or such, just count it in. Also I have a day off every week(not binging)but a good treat.

          Some people have a real problem and I would say the first week or so you might have a "wee" bit of trouble.

          Goodluck

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          • #6
            Pure cane sugar is fine for me, but the beet sugar is not. Cane sugar has to be labeled as pure cane sugar; otherswise, consider the sugar to be derived from sugar beets.

            The powdered artificial sugars use corn extenders and that is bad for my bladder. Equal is derived from grapefruit.
            Liz

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            • #7
              Atkins and my IC don't get along.
              Liz

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              • #8
                My doctor said Atkins could stress the kidneys a bit--she said ICers needed a few more carbohydrated to keep out of too much ketosis. I'm doing South Beach with splenda with few problems. I've just noticed that my pee is a bit stronger, but I've not been very good at drinking as much water as I should. South Beach included more good carbs and fruit so you have a better balance. (its also helped my IBS)

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                • #9
                  Stevia is a good sweetner too. Due to politics in the sweetner industry though, it is in the health food section under additives...you may have to ask some one. It is a bit expensive. I won't take artificial sweetners like the "blue" or "pink" packages because it aggravates my migraines and my IC, but the stevia, and a little splenda doesn't bother it. I've also been on a low carb diet for a longtime due to diabetes. Have to be. Lost 80 Pounds....Unfortunately, feel like crapola, cause of the IC

                  Tracey
                  I.C. DX'd following my "second hysterectomy" (the remaining ovary, that kept bursting and bleeding 2 years after my hyster/right oompherectomy, was removed in 2003. I was a special ed teacher. I am now very lost, and feeling rather hopeless in my life.

                  Medications I CURRENTLY take:
                  90 mgs Ms contin (45 mgs Am/PM)
                  Percocet as needed
                  Topomax 100mg day
                  Ambien 10 mg bed
                  desipramine 25 mgs




                  If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
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                  • #10
                    I hate to be a downer for anyone doing the Atkins
                    diet, because I have nothing against it. I just want to pass along the results of some studies done on the Atkins diet.

                    "Results of the only study to examine kidney function were striking. When subjects switched to Atkins from their regular diet, they excreted over 60 percent more calcium and their urine was MARKEDLY MORE ACID, placing them at higher risk of kidney stones."

                    I got this information from an article in Oprah's Magazine, March issue.

                    I don't know if this acid increase would have an effect on our bladders or not, but I thought it was good idea for the IC Atkin dieters to be aware of it.


                    Sharon
                    Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."
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                    • #11
                      I've been on the Atkins Diet for about a year now. I haven't had any problems from the diet at all. In fact I'm healthier.

                      My blood pressure medicine was cut in half, and the doctor says he thinks I will end up off of it completely.

                      My blood sugar is great. I lost 30 pounds, which took a lot of pressure off my stomach/bladder.

                      I can't recommend it highly enough.

                      I also think that the discipline and the care I take with the Atkins Diet has done me good with the IC. It made it easier to handle the narrowed diet for IC.

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                      • #12
                        Iknow...My doc tells me everytime he does my blood work it's better than 95% of his patients. and, being diabetic, they evaluate your eating habits every three month by measuring your HBac1 level (Kinda an average of your blood sugar levels) on a scale of 4-12. When I was first dx with diabetes, I wieghed 220 and my level was 10.4. Now, I wiegh, 150 and my level is consistently between 5-6. (They like a diabetics to be 7-8, normal persons, 4-6) . My Cholesterol is perfect...I've been on a version of Atkins for Diabetics. Basically, I'm allowed 60 carbs/day and that's it 12 per meal, 6 pe snack (4 snacks) ...been that way from the start, and it never changes..there's no "phases" or inductions or anything. If it werern't for this damn IC, I'd be in great shape...I do cheat a little, I eat a few more carbs in blueberries and pears, as I'm so sensitve to most stuff and those are a few of the foods I can eat..they don't really raise my blood sugar at all either.

                        Oh well, asi is la vida...

                        Tracey
                        I.C. DX'd following my "second hysterectomy" (the remaining ovary, that kept bursting and bleeding 2 years after my hyster/right oompherectomy, was removed in 2003. I was a special ed teacher. I am now very lost, and feeling rather hopeless in my life.

                        Medications I CURRENTLY take:
                        90 mgs Ms contin (45 mgs Am/PM)
                        Percocet as needed
                        Topomax 100mg day
                        Ambien 10 mg bed
                        desipramine 25 mgs




                        If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
                        Albert Einstein

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                        • #13
                          Well, we're still on Atkins --- my husband has already lost 14 lbs. I'm still struggling with weight, but my blood pressure has lowered significantly and I have not had even one low blood sugar reaction since we started.

                          When we get where we want to be on weight, we'll be able to add some carbs, but for now, we're still keeping pretty low --- and drinking lots and lots.

                          Donna
                          Stay safe


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                          Have you checked the ICN Shop?
                          Click on ICN Shop at the top of this page. You'll find Bladder Builder and Bladder Rest, both of which we are finding have excellent results.

                          Patient Help: http://www.ic-network.com/patientlinks.html

                          Sub-types https://www.ic-network.com/five-pote...markably-well/

                          Diet list: https://www.ic-network.com/interstitial-cystitis-diet/

                          AUA Guidelines: https://www.ic-network.com/aua-guide...tial-cystitis/

                          I am not a medical authority nor do I offer medical advice. In all cases, I strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.
                          [3MG]

                          Anyone who says something is foolproof hasn't met a determined fool

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                          • #14
                            good For you and your hubby Donna...I think, though, that diet is really reflective on body type so maybe you are struggling withthe wieght end cause this just isn't quite the diet for you...who knows? Some people do better just simply cutting calories, not bothering with worrying about carbs vs. fats...others have to cut fat...I've not knocked what worked for anyone as long as 1) it produced wanted results by the patient (usually wieght loss) and 2) some of the good benefits, (good blood work) comes up.

                            You can keep trying...or skip all that induction crap and order "Dr. Bernstien's Diabetic solution" (it'son Amazon.com) and see what that does for you, and your hubby. At least read the product guide on the website. It was my food bible before IC. Now I have to work on combining it with what I can eat. Like I said, I allow myself to eat a little more so Iget fiber and such...otherwise, I never eat.

                            Good luck...you are so strong, I'm sure you'll do great.

                            Tracey
                            I.C. DX'd following my "second hysterectomy" (the remaining ovary, that kept bursting and bleeding 2 years after my hyster/right oompherectomy, was removed in 2003. I was a special ed teacher. I am now very lost, and feeling rather hopeless in my life.

                            Medications I CURRENTLY take:
                            90 mgs Ms contin (45 mgs Am/PM)
                            Percocet as needed
                            Topomax 100mg day
                            Ambien 10 mg bed
                            desipramine 25 mgs




                            If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
                            Albert Einstein

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                            • #15
                              I know it's a tough thing to try to lose weight. I was on weight watchers and lost almost 30 lbs, then weight loss came to an abrupt halt in November --- and even going to the lower end of the diet guidelines, I was totally stuck.

                              I finally picked up some ketone test strips and just this morning, I had my first positive test --- so maybe I'm on my way. I'm on this diet with the approval and encouragement of my doctor, so will be sticking with it until I see him next month.

                              Thanks.

                              Donna
                              Stay safe


                              Elmiron Eye Disease Information Center - https://www.ic-network.com/elmiron-p...mation-center/
                              Elmiron Eye Disease Fact Sheet (Downloadable) - https://www.ic-network.com/wp-conten...nFactSheet.pdf

                              Have you checked the ICN Shop?
                              Click on ICN Shop at the top of this page. You'll find Bladder Builder and Bladder Rest, both of which we are finding have excellent results.

                              Patient Help: http://www.ic-network.com/patientlinks.html

                              Sub-types https://www.ic-network.com/five-pote...markably-well/

                              Diet list: https://www.ic-network.com/interstitial-cystitis-diet/

                              AUA Guidelines: https://www.ic-network.com/aua-guide...tial-cystitis/

                              I am not a medical authority nor do I offer medical advice. In all cases, I strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.
                              [3MG]

                              Anyone who says something is foolproof hasn't met a determined fool

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