Just to add some spice to the pot, let me relate what I discovered. I am a type 1 diabetic, so I face some challenges you (luckily) shouldn't have to. But my increased sensitivity may help you with your diet. Since going Primal (and a low carb variant thereof), my HbA1Cs average to 5.3. I have eliminated all fruit (and even berries) from my diet, though once in a while I do cheat (roughly every two or three weeks as a desert calls to me). For obvious reasons, I am also gluten free.
For me, the toughest time is the morning, or the "dawn syndrome" (or whatever it is called). Biologically, the human liver produces quite a load of morning glucose. It is fairly safe to assume that the purpose was to give Grok some good energy to burn in the morning while trying to track down/hunt/gather lunch and maybe dinner. I have found that skipping breakfast completely (minus a couple of cups of coffee with heavy cream) means that I can take less insulin, though the "less insulin" still almost equal to the amount of insulin I take over the rest of the day.
For you, I would definitely consider Intermittent Fasting in the morning - unless you are a breakfast person, in which case I'd recommend fat with a wee tiny bit of protein, but no carbs. Protein, of course, can be synthesized into glucose, so you'd want to keep it down. Due to your taxed pancreas having problems keeping up with the insulin race, minimizing food (or eliminating it) in the mornings will likely have a huge impact in overall taxation (if my study of 1 analysis holds true) over the course of the day.
Good luck, and keep us informed!
Ignoring the spam, I'd add that the A1C is not reliable unless you know exactly how long your blood cells actually live.
Steak, eggs, potatoes - fruits, nuts, berries and forage. Coconut milk and potent herbs and spices. Tea instead of coffee now and teeny amounts of kelp daily. Let's see how this does! Not really had dairy much, and gut seems better for it.
Hey Jim, very interesting to read your progress. To throw in my own experience... I was on Metformin for PCOS and hypoglycemic symptoms as well as a blood pressure med. I also went off them cold turkey once I did primal -- I think the longer you are primal the more your levels will balance out. The body does have the amazing ability to heal itself and as long as you're monitoring your numbers (which clearly you are) I would support you in your goals of ditching the medication and adopting a more holistic approach. My numbers dropped drastically after I was primal for a month, making meds completely unnecessary. Ovulation was restored after several months. Listen to your body and track the weight loss. It's usually a good indicator of what's happening inside. Best of luck to you and fingers crossed for continued progress!
My biggest challenge with all of this recently is getting enough calories and balancing out the fat, carbs, and protein. Lately it seems I am low on my fat calories, OK with my carbs (see post fm QuiU93W above), and over on my protein. My initial goal to loose 20 lbs at 2 lbs per week had me eating 2300 cal w/ 169g fat, 75g carbs, and 121g protein. I have been averaging over the last week or so about 1800 calories and right now don't really need more than that. As stated above, I feel good, loosing weight at a decent pace, so far no complaints. Well, as I have stated before, the next big measuring tool will be February when I get my blood work done again. So off we go again - good luck to all and thanks again for the advice and support.
Sounds good Jim! As you continue to lose some weight that number may naturally change as well. You're making great progress as it stands and your health sounds exponentially improved in many areas. Keep with it! ^.^
You are doing remarkably well. May I ask why you have your carb count so high? I am trying to lose weight and avoid Type II diabetes developing and I aim for under 50g carbs a day - presently I am averaging about 30g.
I'm also type 1. If I eat past about 6:30 or so, my fasting bg is high. If I eat a small dinner with limited protein and no carb, my blood sugar in the AM is great (for a type 1, so 90-110 fasting is typically my safe goal). If it's high, I tend to IF til lunch.
Type 1 Diabetic. Controlling blood sugar through primal life.
Maintain A1c of 6.0 or lower
More dietary fat, less carbs, moderate protein
LHT and sprint as per PB fitness
Wow -- really interesting. I have been checking my morning glucose on and off for the last couple of months -- and it is often over 100 in the am -- but generally not over 110. It is often lower after eating. I was beginning to think I was just weird, but now I find it is not that abnormal for low carb (I'm almost always under 50 -- even tho I'm eating/drinking more dairy of late -- raw milk and home-made kefir and yogurt -- on a tooth remineralizing program.) I'll be checking out some of the references given above. This is such a great place to find information. I'm also checking out how much exercise -- and what type and duration -- helps.
Life is an ongoing Experiment of One, so here's to science!
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