Sadly, this is typical of low carb's effect on diabetes. I was on 2000 mg of Metformin, and an Amaryl pill ( 4 g? ) in the morning. My A1C was over 9, and within a year I was off all meds. That was 3 years ago, and my A1C hasn't been over 5.4 since.
I say sadly, because I believe that low carb is the answer to diabetes, and all I can think about is all the diabetics on kidney dialysis, or going blind, or who have lost a foot, who could get it under control with a simple change in the way they eat. The way we ate for most of human history.
Now all you have to watch out for is low blood sugars. No more stabbing your fingers, or wondering why you just got a 198, after what was supposedly a healthy meal.
It really is like a miracle, isn't it?
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Day 25 today on Paleo...... feeling so much better, only needed insulin 1 more time and I probably overcompensated....... OH! I just got the Cordain book in the mail and I am eating it up with a spoon` it is fascinating!
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Jilly that's awesome!! Thanks for the mayo recipe,that's one thing I really miss!! I am going to look into the whole 30 again and may challenge myself to do it! I made a great pot of chicken veggie soup in the crockpot last night as the weekends are really busy with work and the gym so needed a quick lunch. I'm off to work tonight so have a great day all! BBL Diane
It does get easier :) I think of my plate as 1/3 protein, 2/3 veggies, and then snacks are fruits/veggies and the occasional protein (chicken, nuts, whatever). Keeps in simple in my head ;) I need simple lol.
Laura, thanks for that mayo tip: I'll have to try mine that way too!
Welcome! Glad you are having success with paleo. I have been eating a paleo-like diet and my blood sugar has come down from 5.9 to 5.7 already and I expect more improvement. It gets easier to eat this way as you discover more different veggies, lower carb fruits like berries and meats and the occasional paleo-treat. Cheers, Birgit
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Mayo is really easy once you get the hang of it. My recipe is 1 whole egg plus 2 yolks, 1 T. cider vinegar, a pinch of dry mustard (optional) and a pinch of salt (optional). Put all that in the blender and start it on low. Increase to high, then start adding olive oil slowly until it starts to pool up on the top of the mixture. Then, use a spatula to help stir as you are blending until it is thickened. It will be a little runnier than store bought. Now, after ruining my first few batches, I can make a batch in less than 5 minutes. I hope you have continued success!!
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Congratulations to you on your success! I hope your blood sugar stays normal. I have been a low-carb eater, but I am trying to get back on track after a few months in the "wilderness." I started the Whole30 plan and am on my fourth day also. My DH is doing it too. We have both had borderline blood sugar and high cholesterol and we are hoping this gets things back to normal. It has been the hardest to give up dairy. I miss cottage cheese, greek yogurt, and cheese. I'm finding out It's amazing what you can do with coconut, though! I made a chicken salad on a bed of greens tonight and for the dressing I used coconut milk, almond butter, a little vingar and some seasoning. Not bad!
I wish you continued success and improved health!
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Soooooo......... I was told this Paleo diet would help my diabetes (on insulin injection 4 x a day) and on Monday April 22 I started eating Paleo. I was feeling SO awful, really really bad all the time, I knew I had to do something. I remembered my renal dietician said, Try the Caveman diet, then she told me what it was and I said NO WAY! This was more than 6 months ago. I had given up sugar a year ago, but still was not doing well. Now with 4 days of strict paleo, my blood sugars are coming up normal. I have been diabetic for 20 years and on insulin for more than 3 years. And I have alot of weight to lose. Even swimming and exercising 90 min a day last Fall did not help me. So, on Monday last I thought of the last thing I could think of, Paleo. Could I do it? Would I stick to it? 4 days now, if I can do something for 4 days I can do it much longer. NO it is NOT easy, yes I am getting cravings, I miss certain things. But I am using this and another group to help me, its going along. If I can normalize my blood sugars and lose weight I would give up eating altogether. I started making up recipes, and putting them on with the title of Paleo Power, so far I just have a fruit salad and a stir fry, but I am going to build it up, I am planning on putting up a Paleo Soup and a Paleo Chili soon. My husband tried to make me mayo out of an egg and olive oil but it did not work, oh well. Sooooooo......... just wanted to share that this diet might be the near miracle I am looking for (I didn't mention all my medical issues). Thanks for letting me share. Aloha~~~~~
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