Sunday, December 15, 2013
**This was a status update I posted on facebook, and then some follow up comments I made to people who had questions.**
It's been 3 weeks since I went grain free, soy free, and artificial sweetener free. In those 3 weeks I have lost 21 lbs and dropped my fasting blood sugars 25 points. I'm doing it under the advice of a doctor, and with the information from the books Wheat Belly and Grain Brain. I had been gluten free for 3 years due to celiac, but was oblivious to what the other grains were still doing to my body. I have more energy, and feel better than I have in a long time. I am thrilled with the results so far.
I am not diabetic, but I am still shocked to see what food was doing to my blood sugar. I thought I was eating healthy most of the time. I now have a whole new meaning of the word healthy.
I am not doing any sweeteners, other than a small amount of fruit now and then. When I say small I mean pineapple that should have been 2 servings, lasted me for a week. In the first couple of days when I started I had a whole banana, and saw how bad it spiked my blood sugar. Then the next day I ate a candy cane, and saw that the banana and the candy cane spiked my blood sugar about the same. It made me swear off *sweets* of any kind for now. Once I lose the weight I want to lose I may add a little more fruit back in, but so far I really like this way of eating.
Specifics - I have celiac (and 3 other auto immune diseases). I have been gluten free for 3 years. I have been avoiding most "gluten free" foods because I saw how much sugar was in them, but I was eating a lot of rice, beans, corn, soy, potatoes, etc, all of which I thought were healthy for me. I was also eating a lot of fruits and veggies. Way more than I did before the celiac diagnosis. With all of that I would eat my ice cream smothered in chocolate sauce every night before bed, and then if I was too busy to eat, I would grab some chocolate to regulate my blood sugar. Writing it now, sounds way worse than I thought it was at the time. On Nov 2, I went to a Gluten Free Expo and heard a doctor talk about Gluten, and Blood Sugar. I knew I had hypoglycemia sometimes, but really didn't know much other than that. I made 3 apts with him in November, and listened to what he said. I couldn't afford treatment with him beyond those 3 visits, but the things he said made sense. I read Grain Brain and Wheat Belly, both are books he recommends. Both are books I had shared with my friend, and she had read them and was already implementing the information in her life. My friend and I went through my kitchen and I mourned the things I was giving up. I packed it all away in a box. (When I went gluten free 3 years ago, I cleaned out my kitchen and gave it all away.) This time I just packed it away, "just in case". Each day I started checking my blood sugars at fasting, 30, 60 and 90 minutes after a meal, and at bed time. This gave me a feel for what foods were doing to my blood sugar. I strive to eat very low carb. Most days I am under 10 grams of carbs per day, but there were a couple days I was as high as 30 grams in a day. This is my birthday month, and for my present to myself I bought a new bathroom scale, a new kitchen scale, and 3 boxes of glucose test strips, and 10 parameter urinalysis sticks. I monitor all of these daily. I also log my information in sparkpeople.com. I had a few days with some nasty headaches, so I upped my water intake and my magnesium intake. I take vitamin D weekly (prescription due to 3 years of low vitamin D). I take magnesium daily to help the vitamin D. I also take a probiotic daily, and potassium on occasion. I am also on thryroid meds, and pain meds (which I have reduced from 3-4 a day down to 2 a day).
My meals include, eggs, meats (roast, pork chops, occasionally bacon, ground beef, chicken) all prepared different ways. I eat organic all natural peanut butter with celery. I eat broccoli, onions, zucchini, spinach, and kale. I eat heavy whipping cream, sour cream, cheese, and string cheese. I also use coconut oil, olive oil, and butter to cook in. I put coconut oil, and hwc in my morning decaf tea. I'm drinking the water I should. The only place I am lacking is the exercise.