I wish I could - I'm on unemployment. That's why I had to find a way to be off of insulin too - which I accomplished on 06/12/12!!! Have been less than 10 g carbs a day since February. Can't see or feel any ill effects. So, when my fasting blood sugar goes below 90, then I'll start adding in veggies slowly. Right now it's 112.
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I do take 120 mg natural thyroid every day (now my ONLY medication) and have been off insulin for 3 days now. This morning's blood sugar was 112. I'm really happy with that and think with more time I should be able to get into the 90s fasting. Once that happens, I'll be adding in vegetables again.....SLOWLY.....and monitoring their effects. I really miss veggies!!!!
It's been a long haul but 5 months of Modified Paleo and IF have been a godsend for me and I'll never go back to a WOL eating unconsciously again. And SP is just icing on the cake.
Next project for improvement is adrenal fatigue. I know I'll get there, just tortoise speed, not hare!
I just found out through experience that if hypothyroid, adding desiccated thyroid to your med routine helps to avoid constipation -- something I suffered with for YEARS. The hard part is finding a doc to prescribe it.
BTW, I was diabetic (type II) for years, lost 70+ # on Paleo and no longer take diabetic meds. I never have had a problem with cruciferous veggies, and test fine for them....I don't understand the problem relating to thyroid. Maybe someone can enlighten me, but I eat them all the time.
Edited by: DORI36 at: 6/13/2012 (19:46)
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Yeah, with hypothyroidism already, have to avoid the cruciferous veggies, can't stand kale, collards or spinach, wonder what the big deal is with avocados (remind me of something comes out of a baby's hind end after eating peas - lol) and I only eat once a day, so those 10 carbs almost always show up in the meats andand sauces I make for the meats, or my flax seed bread. I drink 75 oz of water a day religiously, and I'm still waiting for the pain and inflammation of fibro to subside because it takes all I've got to manage a walk with my dog for 15 minutes each day. Kind of a rock and a hard spot. First I have to get well enough to do a lot of the things I need to be doing!!!
I did go back with the coffee this morning and that worked out REALLY well. Until I stopped the coffee, this was never an issue. Sure, not every day like it was on the SAD diet I ruined my health with, but at least it wasn't difficult or "hard" to manage.
I think I'll be sticking with the coffee and keep those magnesium pills for rougher times. For now anyway.
Again, thank you everyone for all the suggestions. If I ever get this diabetes reversed (some say completely possible, some say not but I'm holding out hope), maybe I can add veggies slowly back into the regimen. Right now the most I can eat in veggies anymore is jalapeno poppers because I can have 6 of those (my recipe) for only 4 carbs, but they're a treat, not a regular.
Unsweetened, dried coconut has a surprisingly large fiber punch for a very small volume. Also, avocado, though mushy, may surprise you by it's fiber content plus it's a low metabolic fructose fruit. Any sort of cruciferous vegetable/greens, like cabbage, kale, collards, and broccoli are going to help. Also, assuming you use veggies from a good source and the skins are not questionable, leaving the skins on such things as eggplant and summer squash can add some good insoluble fiber to your food. Also, drink water and move a lot. Good luck!
Here's a list for you, some are not Paleo. I like the comment about some of them being goiterogenic: http://thyroid.about.com/od/loseweightsucc essfully/a/highfiber.htm
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I seldom come here to share, read a lot though, good stuff :) I too recently was in this situation. Here is how I over came it; 64+ ounces of water, depending on what plan you are following avoid dairy, I add daily cod liver oil gel caps(2)AM and fish oil gel caps(2)PM and magnesium 2 morning and evening. I am doing a reset/induction what every you want to call it and am targeting a low carb amount. Yes absolutely add things like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts they are wonderful spread them out for your three meals. Do not forget coconut oil, fats help too.Stay active! This by far has helped me with in a 24 hour period. Water is a huge key to life and our body's healthy functions. Hit the morning with 2 glasses of ice cold water. Good Luck!
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Thanks everybody! I recently went off caffeine because I heard it raises blood sugar by about 5% all day long and I am a type II diabetic who has been on an insulin pump for 3+ years. Yes, eating 10 g carbs per day or less has been sustained since February. It's also allowed me to drop my insulin use from 60-70 units a day down to 22 units a day. The goal is to be off insulin completely. Guess I'll go back on the coffee because this "episode" was SO NOT WORTH IT! lol
Dang, thought I'd found the secret to success. hehehehe
I have found that coffee is a laxative. I drink two cups a day (12 ounces each). This helps to keep things regular. When I go off the coffee completely, I have some chronic constipation.
Having an attack of severe constipation could be something serious such as a bowel obstruction, so you might want to consult a doctor about your symptoms if they were very severe. A gastroenterologist would probably be better informed than your primary health care provider.
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Jonnie Carol, 10 carbs a day!!! I have only heard of carbs that low for type one diabetics following Dr. Bernstein....you? Try flax seed meal - make a hot cereal, i do 1/4 cup meal, to 1/2 cup water - microwave one minute at a time...add cinnamon, stevia- lots of fiber
broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts are my big fiber babies, and I like to add flaxseed to things, like salads and smoothies, and it's berry season. Greens are good too: kale, collards, chard.
I'm curious what you mean by 10 carbs? 10g of carb, because that's scary low. I'm higher than that even when I'm off grains and starches. Explain more effectively please, and eat more cruciferous vegetables.
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I had a sort of "crash" yesterday that knocked me flat for 36 hours and it was due to lack of fiber, if you get my drift. I thought I was going to end up in the hospital! Finally, some magnesium tablets changed things a little, but I don't want to go through this ever again - EVER!
So, my real problem is this....I can't eat more than 10 carbs a day TOTAL. What can I add to my already low carb regimen that will actually give me enough fiber to make a difference on a "regular" basis?
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