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    Hi everyone.

    First, while I have tried PB before, I am not currently practicing.

    Today, I found out that I have moved from pre-diabetic to diabetic. This is after a year of taking Metformin, a drug meant to help control blood glucose. Of course, during the same time, I ate tons of fried foods and other bad foods, as much as I liked, without regard for my help.

    I am 334 pounds, 5'10, female, and 31 years old.

    I'm scared and don't know whether I should just try a lower calorie diet, or whether I should try PB again.

    Regardless of what I choose, I am not able to spend a fortune on uncured bacon, grass fed beef, and organic arugula. So if buying fancy, "Whole Foods" type groceries is required, I might as well not even bother. That said, I have what lots of wealthy people don't, and that is time. I am able to prepare meals myself and I do not need to rely on convenience foods.

    The last time I tried PB, I was way, way more interested in eating eggs scrambled in bacon grease than I was in eating salads. However, I do like fruits and vegetables and am willing to eat them.

    P.S. I just joined a gym yesterday. I'm the type that likes to do a vigorous 30 minutes on elliptical. My understanding is that cardio such like that is frowned upon on span. Thoughts?

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    Hi Heather,
    Welcome back.
    This guy's journal is something that I found very inspiring when I first started PB. He starts off with a brand new diagnosis of diabetes as well. How he managed to not just "manage" that condition but reverse it entirely is nothing short of amazing.

    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread12987.html

    My father, also diabetic has just recently gone Primal with great results. Swelling and neuropathy pains in his feet are gone and his blood pressure is that of an athletic young man. At 86!

    Please, don't "try" PB. Jump in feet first.
    And no, you don't have to go for the spendy options, just real food.
    A little elliptical training won't hurt you. The chronic cardio Mark is talking about is running marathons.

    No more excuses. Just do it.

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    • #3
      Thanks for the advice! I know I need to do this. I just worry about being able to sustain it.

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      • #4
        Since your primary goal HAS to be controlling your blood sugar, I'd suggest you check out Dr. Richard Bernstein of Diabetes Solution. He has books, but his website is very, very informative in terms of how to eat to manage your diabetes. Nothing he suggests is contrary to Primal eating, but he explains how to control carbs most effectively (a MUST for any diabetic).

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        • #5
          Originally posted by heatherok View Post
          Thanks for the advice! I know I need to do this. I just worry about being able to sustain it.
          I know it can seem like a lot to bite off, but if you approach it one day at a time you will find it to be a very easy lifestyle. I came to primal after 60 days of Atkins induction so it was easy for me! Nothing scared me as much as pre-diabetes. It's just nothing to mess around with. You are very young and you have a chance to reverse your weight and sugar issues, or you can keep going the way you have been and be blind and with some portion of the four limbs you currently have. It's just really, really bad. Don't worry about buying grass fed products, etc- do what you can do in that regard. Focus on the carb counts and the clean eating aspect. I would never have believed I could do this for so long- and trust me when I tell you I have NO desire to return to the SAD.

          Good luck.
          Last edited by CarlaC; 06-27-2012, 04:43 AM. Reason: Ipad autocorrect hell

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          • #6
            Originally posted by heatherok View Post
            Hi everyone.

            First, while I have tried PB before, I am not currently practicing.

            Today, I found out that I have moved from pre-diabetic to diabetic. This is after a year of taking Metformin, a drug meant to help control blood glucose. Of course, during the same time, I ate tons of fried foods and other bad foods, as much as I liked, without regard for my help.

            I am 334 pounds, 5'10, female, and 31 years old.

            I'm scared and don't know whether I should just try a lower calorie diet, or whether I should try PB again.

            Regardless of what I choose, I am not able to spend a fortune on uncured bacon, grass fed beef, and organic arugula. So if buying fancy, "Whole Foods" type groceries is required, I might as well not even bother. That said, I have what lots of wealthy people don't, and that is time. I am able to prepare meals myself and I do not need to rely on convenience foods.

            The last time I tried PB, I was way, way more interested in eating eggs scrambled in bacon grease than I was in eating salads. However, I do like fruits and vegetables and am willing to eat them.

            P.S. I just joined a gym yesterday. I'm the type that likes to do a vigorous 30 minutes on elliptical. My understanding is that cardio such like that is frowned upon on span. Thoughts?
            I agree with Paleobird 100%. If you can't afford grass-fed, organic, uncured-bacon; that's fine. Just stick to whole foods and get the very best that you can afford. If this means non-organic veggies, that's okay. Just make sure you give your veggies a good wash before eating them. Also, I may be wrong, but if you're not opposed to offal, I think they are generally cheaper, so you may be able to save some money by combining offal during some of your days. Most important thing is to eat WHOLE REAL FOODS.

            As for exercise, it is often frowned upon to do chronic cardio. That said, 30 vigorous minutes on the elliptical every couple of days will do you good. If you can make them elliptical type sprints, even better. Walk as much as you can. If you are able to walk to the store to get your groceries, etc, this all adds up. Also, don't be afraid to add some weight training and body weight movements in there. Things like pull-ups/push-ups/planks/squats can be done with relatively no equipment. If you can't do some of these, there are some adjustments that can be made until you can do the movements on your own. ie: wall-pushups or push-ups on knees. Most of these (except for pull-ups) can be done in the privacy of your home, outdoors or at the gym. If you can find a playground, if they have monkey bars, you can often use those for pull-ups (I still can't do one of these ... but working towards it).
            Last edited by Metric; 06-27-2012, 05:03 AM.

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            • #7
              Your initial tactic, in tackling diabetes, should be switching from dietary starches, time more dietary fat. If you can't afford grass fed, just trim the excess fat, and getting some good oils (coconut, butter, olive oil) it also won't hurt to throw in a little more protein
              If you have a problem with what you read: 1. Get a dictionary 2. Don't read it 3. Grow up 4. After 3, go back to 1/ or 2. -- Dennis Blue. | "I don't care about your opinion, only your analysis"- Professor Calabrese. | "Life is more important than _______" - Drew | I eat animals that eat vegetables -- Matt Millen, former NFL Linebacker. | "This country is built on sugar & shit that comes in a box marinated in gluten - abc123

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              • #8
                Sorry to hear that you have joined the diabetic club, but the good news is you can take control of it and not let it control you. First of all, don't panic, it is not a death sentence. I am a type II diabetic, I have been primal for 9 months now and have lost over 80 pounds. Went from 370 to 287 as of yesterday. I have not bought one ounce of grass feed anything, don't have it in the budget. However, I have been eating clean, whole foods for 9 months. Dropped the grains, dropped the sugars from my life. For the first 7 months, I did no other exercise than walk 6 days a week. You said you have time, then use some of that each day for walking. Get up to at least four miles a day.

                Have I cured myself of diabetes? The answer is no, the sugars are still pretty bad, but I am hoping that someday I might. Yours is in the very early stage, most people who catch it early can cure it. The bottom line, for most type II's, if you lose the weight, you will be off all meds in no time.

                This is a great place to hang out and you will get lots of support.
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                • #9
                  Hands down, choose PB. There's nothing wrong with a diet rich in meat, vegetables, and fruit. It's helped keep me off of insulin & metformin for a year and a half.
                  --Trish (Bork)
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                  • #10
                    I estimate yesterday's food intake including coffee and wine at about $20. And that was all grass-fed, wild-caught, pasture-raised organic stuff. And I ate too much yesterday so this morning I had no breakfast. I really don't think eating this way is too expensive, especially if you don't get grass-fed, wild-caught, pasture-raised organic stuff. And if you keep it low carb, ample protein, and super nutrient dense (eat your liver!) you may find you eat much much less which further saves money. If you can get off the diabetes meds, you'll save even more money.
                    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                    • #11
                      I am a 245lb, 5'5" female. I have been type II diabetic for seven years sitting on the edge of diabetic and prediabetic. I'm not the best about following primal but when I do I do see good result. My post prandial numbers go down right away and keep drifting down. My AM blood sugar slowly creeps down over several weeks. Within a week the fungal skin crud that diabetics can get vanished. I do have permission from my endo to discontinue my metformin and losartin(BP med) when my numbers are down to a normal level. I do grocery store primal because I am feeding a family of five, with occasional visits to the farmers market and U-picks. I also have a small vegie garden. I was already cooking from scratch due to my sons allergy to all forms of corn and corn derivatives. I'm not much of a salad person myself, but enjoy a good meat and veggie stir fry(no rice).

                      I walk three to four times a week briskly around three miles so far and do body resistance exercises(Marks exercises), some physical therapy exercises for my back and hand weights twice a week. I don't do sprints at the moment because the whiplash from the flab would take me out :-p Actually I'm not really fit enough to do them and would set off an asthma attack.

                      I haven't lost a lot of weight, but I haven't exactly been working that hard at it either. I do find I do need to count calories to lose weight and keep it under about 1500. I also have thyroid issues(treated) that make losing weight a little more challenging.

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                      • #12
                        take your life back!

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                        • #13
                          Yup...low carb primal all the way. Good luck.

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                          • #14
                            I am very overweight right now too. Your main concern should be to get your eating in order, create a decent calorie deficit and lose the weight. No real reason to exercise at this point to be honest. You are just going to put a lot of stress on your body and you might end up eating more after you exercise. If primal foods are going to help you keep a caloric deficit, do that. If it would be easier to eat some non primal foods while keeping a deficit, do that. The most important thing to do is to lose the weight...everything else is secondary.

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                            • #15
                              Nothing to add to the terrific advice here, so I'll just welcome you back, and cheer you on. Jump into primal! You don't have to worry about the minutia -- ditch the grains, limit the processed foods, wash your fresh produce carefully, and eat whole foods whenever possible. Walk whenever you can, and enjoy the sunshine on your face. You can reclaim your health.
                              F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

                              **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

                              **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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