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27 Aug

Pictures Don’t Tell the Whole Story

real life stories stories 1Mark, I just got back from my endocrinology appointment when I saw the latest contest.

I’m no picture of health yet but things are looking a heck of a lot better than they did before I started on Primal Blueprint.

I’ll start at the beginning. Six months ago my type II Diabetes was completely out of control, I’ll admit I wasn’t taking the best care of myself -moving, starting up a new research lab, you know “life” had gotten in the way of finding time to eat right and exercise. On top of that I was taking medication for high blood pressure and a birth control pill that made me even more insulin resistant and making it so that none of my oral medications for the diabetes worked anymore. In short, I felt like crap and looked it too.

First they put me on insulin -not fun but neither are sugars in the 300 range so it was a necessary evil. But here’s where it got really depressing, I didn’t need “just a boost” of insulin, I needed a ton! Long acting, short acting, I was taking 5 shots a day and my sugar was still sky high. I was seeing the Diabetic educator and she was at a loss. I got sent to the diabetic nutritionist and she (I still want to scream thinking about this!) told me my sugar was high because I wasn’t eating enough carbs. Her advice was to eat between 45-60 grams of carb at EACH meal, oh and most of that should come from whole grain sources! At that point I was taking 1 unit of short acting insulin for every 3 grams of carbohydrate. Do the math and I would be taking 15 to 20 units at each meal. Gee, I wonder why diabetics get fat? I don’t do diabetes research but I know how to do a literature search and quickly found that low carb was the way to go (Duh!) but I had tried Atkins before and frankly, I’d rather be dead. I figured there had to be something that was lowish carb that I would be willing to eat. Yeah, I am a Foodie and dang proud of it! Finding Marksdailyapple.com was like xmas without the cranky relatives.

Fast forward to today, did I mention that I live in one of the foodie capitals of the Midwest? I can trip over grass-fed beef and pastured eggs just walking out my front door. There is a choice of farmer’s markets on the weekend -I can even get elk! Hey, the city even lets you have chickens within the city limits (I haven’t gone there -yet! the dogs would have a field day!) There are even a bunch of restaurants that I can be comfortably primal and no one looks askance. Sorry to say, no miracle occurred, I am still overweight but I have dropped my body fat percentage 2% in the last 2 months alone. I have replaced that fat with muscle so my hips are 3.5″ smaller, my waist is 1.5″ tighter and I can keep up with the 9 year old (actually now she has to keep up with me!) Here is the real kicker though. When I started Primal my cholesterol was at 178, not horrible but not great especially for a diabetic, now it is down to 158. My A1c, the three month average of my blood glucose was 8.9 (yikes!) and is now 7.6. My blood pressure today was 112/78 and -drum roll please! all this with no meds! Yep! I stopped taking the blood pressure med and never did take the statin they wanted me on. Yes, I am still on insulin but less and I am building muscle, which on insulin is really tough.

So how has my life changed since finding MDA? Well, this is definitely a case where the picture doesn’t tell the whole story. Perhaps the greatest testament to the changes in my life are that both my Endocrinologist and my Doctor/Scientist husband are now trying the PB lifestyle as is my sister and even my meat averse diabetic mother. I’ve become like one of those nuts that quits smoking and becomes evangelically non-smoking. I am an evangelizing Primal and thank Grok for it!

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  1. Great story, and I so hear you on the need to evangelize! Today at my school’s on-campus restaurant, I asked for the burger, no bun (closest thing I could get to Primal food today), and they were all perplexed. I spent twenty minutes explaining the Primal way of eating, and at the end of it they offered me a replacement for their high-carb, non-Primal side dishes!

    Every person I can touch about this, I want to touch. I don’t explain unless they ask, but they better be prepared when they do ask!

    Grok on!

    Griff wrote on August 27th, 2009
  2. Wow! I am angry with you for what awful advice you were given at first. A type 2 diabetic relative of mine was sent to a nutrition course where she was told something similar. Makes a person want to head-desk in frustration.

    Congratulations on your remarkable progress. If you haven’t yet checked out Kurt Harris’ blog at http://www.paleonu.com then you might find it of interest.

    Keep on spreading the word about primal foods! I think it’s amazing that you converted your endocrinologist. Way to go!

    Gwennie wrote on August 27th, 2009
  3. “…like xmas without the cranky relatives.” Hilarious!

    This is a wonderful story. :)

    fritchbeetle wrote on August 27th, 2009
  4. Keep up the good work! You’ll be where you want to be before you know it.

    Just think about how much time you spent messing yourself up, and the relatively short amount of time fixing it doesn’t seem so bad :)

    Grok wrote on August 27th, 2009
  5. The bluprint sounds interesting but will there be any focus on high blood pressure as i have been a long time sufferer if hypertention.

    hypertension wrote on August 28th, 2009
  6. Way to go! With the changes you are having it’s no wonder people are paying attention and willing to try it out. Keep up the great work!

    I’ve also seen a significant drop in my BP since going primal.

    Althaur wrote on August 28th, 2009
  7. My son sent me here. He said that this diabetic story sounds like me! It does, except I haven’t gone ‘primal’ yet. I do know that when I limit my carbs to 3 a day I feel a lot better and my blood sugar drops.

    I’m on insulin too. I finally found a doctor that didn’t want me on all the meds I was on…they totaled as much as my mortgage payment!

    I don’t like the future I see for myself. The insulin makes you gain weight-that’s what it is naturally for anyway-let the sugar into the cells or to be stored as fat-which means not only do I need to change my eating, but I need to move too. That part scares me because I am noticing I have a harder time breathing and my heart pounds harder.

    I wanted to cry as I read this post. I want to live to see my grandkids get married-ya know?

    Thanks for the words of encouragement. I am confident that I’m on the right track and with the information here I can take the steps I need to.

    Sandra wrote on April 21st, 2010

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