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YES! My daughter is no longer pre-diabetic!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

I could not be any happier to know that my daughter will never again have to deal with fluctuating blood sugar levels and insulin resistance again, much less with the severe health problems that go along with type 2 diabetes. Her latest HA1c test came back at 5.3, down from 5.7 and above before.
She is the perfect example for the fact that diabetes and pre-diabetes cause obesity, not the other way around, because she never carried more than about 10% body fat and was always very athletic, being a good High School swimmer and a skilled horseback rider and runner.
She was not eating too much for her activity level but had always enjoyed pastries, sugar and breads a little too much.
She had educated herself very well about the danger of insulin resistance and the addictive power of sugar and wheat (even after she had already eaten gluten-free for about half a year) and as a result she decided to switch to a paleo/low carb diet, a way of eating that my husband and I had already made our life style diet.
After about 6-9 months she has fully regained her health and her swimming times have actually improved as she PR'd in her best event, the 200 Free, improving her time from 2:16,50 to 2:14 about 6 weeks before the swim season even started, showing that it is very possible, if not easier, to do speed events on a low-carb diet with only minor replenishing of carbs at the end of workouts.
Occasionally she still thinks about bread, but it is now an avoidable temptation. Sugar is limit to small and rare amounts. We occasionally buy some nice dark chocolate truffles and have just one or two rather than the whole box.
It has been so worth it for her to gain a life-time of health without even missing any foods any more. I'm proud of her for being willing to make the change, in spite of occasional comments from her team mates who did not quite understand why she would turn down doughnuts or pizza.
If a 16-year-old can do it so can we all.
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Birgit

  
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MINNIE 8/6/2013 2:34AM

    glad for you and her. thanks for sharing. very inspiring

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LOUIE-LILY 8/1/2013 8:30AM

    That is so awesome that she did it at a young age - no doubt you had a lot of input to help her. I'm struggling to have my DT2 reversed now. Keep going!
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_RAMONA 7/22/2013 11:22PM

    Birgit, this is so GREAT!!!! Yeah for all of you!

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MRSP90X 7/20/2013 9:03PM

    That's awesome! I am doing the same thing to reverse mine as well!! Thanks for sharing great news and hope for us!

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JESUSLIGHTSMEUP 7/20/2013 7:42PM

  This is such good news to share with us all.

I also have gone no processed carbs because veggies and fruit are carbs but they are fresh and whole food carbs there is a difference.

I cut out all sugar in 1991 but could not lose weight till I cut out all processed carbs, no bread, cakes, cookies, pies, pizza, and I also stay away from all grains including oatmeal and eat veggies raw or baked or stir fried and fruit and lean organic protein and all of my cravings are gone.

I eat a few small pieces of chocolate every two weeks but much strawberries and about once a month I eat Greek Yogurt.

I am steadily losing weight by eating like this.

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ABYGAILSMOM06 7/19/2013 12:37PM

    That is wonderful. Such a great example for us all............

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TWEETYKC00 7/19/2013 5:13AM

    Wow, that is such good news!

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/19/2013 3:39AM

    That's great. I can see why you are proud. Giver her a hug for me!! emoticon

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HOUNDLOVER1 7/18/2013 11:52PM

    Thanks everyone for the great comments.
It seems that having lots of tasty food options is key to success for our whole family. This includes spending quite a bit more money on food then if we were eating grains and sugar. But we save that money in medical bills so it's always worth it.

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CINDYTW 7/18/2013 10:19PM

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-LINDA_S 7/18/2013 4:17PM

    Great news! So good that she's willing to do what's necessary and doesn't seem to mind.

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SHIRLANGEL 7/18/2013 1:28PM

    Wow! That's great that your daughter no longer has to worry about sugar levels. I'm impressed that she was able to maintain the dietary changes as a teen - turning down pizza? Wow! That's very encouraging. Thank you for sharing her experience. emoticon

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KANOE10 7/18/2013 8:47AM

    That is a wonderful success story. I was pre-diabetic and did the same thing eating low carb and no sugar. Congratulations to her and to your family for finding a healthy way to live!

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DDOORN 7/18/2013 8:17AM

    Nothing like reaping the rewards of paying your SPARK forward! :-)

Don

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DOVESEYES 7/18/2013 2:45AM

    Fantastic what an amazing turn around. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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FLAMENM 7/17/2013 9:24PM

    Great inspiration!

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OOLALA53 7/17/2013 8:15PM

    And she did herself! I teach high school, so I know it is a feat. Congratulate her for me.

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EJOY-EVELYN 7/17/2013 6:05PM

    Such great news!

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NEWKATHYNOW 7/17/2013 5:33PM

    Good for her! She's an inspiration for all of us.















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FISHER011 7/17/2013 5:17PM

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NOWYOUDIDIT 7/17/2013 5:10PM

    Wonderful news!!! I'm so happy for you both!!

I have a daughter who was not athletic at all but loved her carbs too much. As a teen it caused her weight to be up slightly. But she was still a kid and active. But now as a young adult, age 23, it has really caused her great distress. She's pre-diabetic and over weight like me in the belly. She's getting married in September and wants to have a baby soon. :o) I am not telling her how to eat, but she is watching me and hopefully my example will save her from having some of my past heart ache!
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JLKL1980 7/17/2013 5:07PM

    So happy for you and your daughter! She is a walking advertisement for doing the low carb lifestyle.

I still eat pizza - I just eat the toppings only. That's the best part anyway. Cheese is okay on Atkins.

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SKATER787 7/17/2013 4:39PM

    Excellent news! Pass on the donuts but she can send the pizza to me.
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WOUBBIE 7/17/2013 4:28PM

    Amen to that!

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NASFKAB 7/17/2013 4:26PM

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MOM2ACAT 7/17/2013 4:23PM

    That is awesome, and impressive that she was able to turn her health around at such a young age. emoticon

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GLC2009 7/17/2013 4:22PM

    emoticon you guys are certainly people to admire with your dedication to educating yourselves about diet, fitness and health issues. i'm always happy to read your blogs and see the improvements you make all the time.
your daughter is lucky to have parents that recognize the importance of the fuel she feeds her body.

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AALLEY2 7/17/2013 4:18PM

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Is it your fault that you are fat?

Friday, June 28, 2013

If you have ever judged anyone who is obese in your mind or if you have ever been judged by others for being obese please watch this 20 minute video. It is about a physician who is honest about his mistake and is now spending his life to change the message,
Dr. Peter Attia:


www.ted.com/talks/peter_attia_what_i
f_we_re_wrong_about_diabetes.html


Birgit

  
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EJOY-EVELYN 7/3/2013 12:50AM

    I like to think we have a personal responsibility to be life-long learners. In the process, may we maintain our humanity in that we also show empathy and compassion to those we strive to encourage and help.

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DOKEYOKEY 7/1/2013 1:14PM

    Also check this out: http://www.aeonmagazine.com/being-h
uman/david-berreby-obesity-era/

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DDOORN 7/1/2013 10:30AM

    Excellent video! Duly forwarded to many!

Don

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_RAMONA 6/28/2013 5:20PM

    Thanks for this, Birgit! I hope as many people as possible see this! I think I'll psot ti as a blog, too!

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NASFKAB 6/28/2013 5:00PM

  great commentary thanks for the link

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KANOE10 6/28/2013 12:40PM

    That was a great commentary. I think he is right..the metabolic insulin resistance syndrome can cause obesity. I was touched by his concern and his desire to study obesity and to help people. Thanks for sharing a great blog.

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DS9KIE 6/28/2013 8:27AM

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WOUBBIE 6/28/2013 8:11AM

    Thanks for posting this, I was looking forward to seeing the whole talk. He puts it so very very well.

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JSTETSER 6/28/2013 6:51AM

    The idea that obesity is a result of insulin resistance rather than the CAUSE is amazing. I have judged people who are obese in the past. Never again.

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JSTETSER 6/28/2013 6:39AM

    Good stuff.


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THE_SHAKESHAFT 6/28/2013 3:47AM

    Great blog!

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DOVESEYES 6/28/2013 3:19AM

    Amazing!!!

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HISTORYRUNNER 6/28/2013 2:19AM

    Fantastic presentation - a clearly delivered scientific challenge to prevailing wisdom about obesity - and the rarest of things - a humble and human coming to terms with "the hubris" (pride) of his time as a young doctor. That inspires me as a teacher to strive for the same humility of spirit and readiness to admit when I got it wrong and accept new, paradigm-changing ideas. Ironically that is harder than one might imagine among the highly educated. Too much ego and image on the line.

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Lifeguard training and chance to use it

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

My daughter just finished her lifeguard training and was told that most lifeguards never actually get a chance to use their skills for years, something that makes it harder for them to stay alert in the long run during hours on the stand.
But sometimes there is an opportunity. Here is the story:

www.centredaily.com/2013/06/20/36594
12/without-them-i-wouldnt-be-here.html


If you are a life guard know that you may make a huge difference some day.

  
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JESUSLIGHTSMEUP 6/27/2013 12:01PM

  What an honor to serve as a life guard and helping to keep people safe from all harm.

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KELTIC-CARA 6/26/2013 4:39AM

    They play a vital role, most Australian beaches have life guards

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DOVESEYES 6/26/2013 4:27AM

    Awesome

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FLAMENM 6/25/2013 9:56PM

    Lifeguarding was one of the skills I never wanted to have to use....

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WOUBBIE 6/25/2013 6:15PM

    Excellent!

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KELLYIM 6/25/2013 1:17PM

    Wow! That's awesome!

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LITTLEDUTCH 6/25/2013 11:45AM

    Good job to your daughter. Thanks for sharing.

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Do calories matter?

Monday, June 24, 2013

This may seem like a ridiculous question to ask. It is obvious that calories matter, but not in the way most people think. The calories we take in do not determine our weight.
The key to understanding calories is to ask the right questions about them.
Here is a blog post that many of my low-carb friends have already seen, but I believe it is so critical to be successful in losing and maintaining weight that I want to share it again:
eatingacademy.com/nutrition/do-calor
ies-matter

Feel free to discuss in the comments. emoticon

Birgit

  
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JESUSLIGHTSMEUP 6/27/2013 12:00PM

  this is really very important as to how it explains how each of us is so different in what it takes to lose weight and then to maintain the weight loss as we each are very different.

thanks for sharing.

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DOUGDC 6/26/2013 8:22PM

    Birgit - the article you've linked to is a good one to read. The subtly of realizing that weight gain must mean that a person has eaten more than (s)he's expended, but that what items you eat (and how much) also affects how you behave and how your body behaves. So choosing your nutrition wisely, for both the types and amounts of food, has a big payoff.

thanks for sharing.

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DDOORN 6/26/2013 12:32PM

    I have had some low-carb success, but continue to "stray" and backslide. Loved your recent post with the At Goal / Maintenance SparkTeam...I really think low-carb has the potential for myself to be the Holy Grail of an eating plan that doesn't require "tracking".

Now to get with it and stick with it!

Don

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SKATER787 6/25/2013 12:54PM

    I thoroughly enjoy Peter's blogs. His scientific background, an MD, and a driven personality make him uniquely qualified to tackle the subjects. I consider discovering of his site to be a major find for me this year.
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CINDYTW 6/24/2013 11:18PM

  I think you can gain weight even if you eat healthy foods. My diet is quite limited and I find it very easy to gain. There are definitely things I could improve on though.

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VHALKYRIE 6/24/2013 5:01PM

    Calorie counting didn't work for me, that's for sure.

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-LINDA_S 6/24/2013 1:44PM

    When I first embarked on the hCG protocol, my functional med doc said that his sister thought calories really didn't matter, but his own case proved different. Seems that there is a threshold beyond which one will gain weight even if eating all the "right" things. I think this is true, while also believing it's just as bad if not worse to undereat and thereby sabotage your metabolism. Thanks!

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NASFKAB 6/24/2013 12:04PM

  thanks for the link very useful

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NOWYOUDIDIT 6/24/2013 10:42AM

    I had not seen this! Great information- thanks! emoticon

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WOUBBIE 6/24/2013 9:17AM

    Yes, I have read this blog before. The most important statement (and he emphasizes that it is, indeed, the most important statement) is here:

"Conventional wisdom, perhaps better referred to as Current Dogma, says that you gain weight because you eat more than you expend. This is almost true! To be 100% true, it would read: when you gain weight, it is the case that you have necessarily eaten more than you expended. Do you see the difference? It’s subtle but very important — arguably more important than any other sentence I will write. The first statement says over-eating caused you to get fat. The second one says if you got fat, you overate, but the possibility remains that another factor led to you to overeat."

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EMPRESSAMQ 6/24/2013 7:31AM

    Good ideas, thanks for posting.

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BARCLE 6/24/2013 3:04AM

    Mmm, good thought material - thanks emoticon

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Great responses to my survey from yesterday

Saturday, June 22, 2013

I was blown away how many different answers were posted and wanted to thank everyone who has already participated. Getting many different perspectives was exactly what I had been hoping for. emoticon
I am not done mentally processing all of it yet but found it fascinating to see how many people would change very little in the way they eat if money and health were not factors.
I would put myself largely in the same category of continuing to eat all the same things that I eat now anyhow, maybe with the exception that I would eat a little more fresh fruit than I currently do and that I would not eat anything that is not organic.
I also found it interesting that many of us seem almost unable to think about eating in a way that is not healthy for us and enjoy it. We can form such strong positive habits that our old ways of doing things simply seem unattractive.
In cases where lack of money prevents people from eating the way they would like to (including hiring someone to cook/maintain a garden/buying higher quality food) it turns out that sometimes we actually have a choice to prioritize, for example trading cable TV or electronic gadgets for healthier food or spending our time cooking or gardening rather than watching TV or playing computer games or even paying for and going to the gym.
The idea of sustainability of our eating style has many perspectives which I hope to delve into in my next blog.
I'm hoping to continue this discussion. One encouraging thing I found out about today is that in our community there is a county-wide effort to grow organic and sustainably grown food for our local food bank, both vegetables and fruit trees. The goal is to make healthy food available to everyone in the county. This project is still in its early stages and will take several years to achieve at least but it is a start in the right direction to change our community and have people work together to donate time, resources and share experiences.

  
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SILVERWITCH59 6/23/2013 4:55PM

    I wish more communities would support a healthy food bank system.

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/23/2013 3:41PM

    Oops? . . . If healthy is not an issue, I would still enjoy the unhealthier versions of many foods, but am happy to find a lower caloric option. I love it when I can share an entrée or appetizer when I'm with other people -- and welcome three onion rings (versus a dozen). When eating out, my current strategy is to stay away from the bread basket, cheesy and cream-based soups/entrees for the healthier roasted, baked, and grilled options. Eating out is as much about good food as it is good company and making great and loving connections with others.

I look forward to your future thoughts on the topic.

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JESUSLIGHTSMEUP 6/23/2013 1:30PM

  This is so good for me to know that we are already living healthy even with money the way that it is.

I feel so good with my new healthy eating habits.

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DOVESEYES 6/23/2013 1:31AM

    Really interesting so far thanks for the collation of data.

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NASFKAB 6/22/2013 7:00AM

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