Good job! I "went primal" about 3 months ago and love it. I've had knee problems from an old injury for about 15 years - sore, swollen after exercise, etc. - even when I was slim. After starting the dietary changes I've lost over 30 pounds, without food tracking or hours of aerobics, and my knee pain is gone for the first time! It's great. I hope you experience the same success!
Pounds lost: 53.0
Fitness Minutes: (338) Posts: 67 11/3/12 1:57 A
Thanks so much for all the information - this will really help. :) He is on a sliding scale and to be honest he doesn't carb count because he hasn't been taking care of himself, so the good news is that he's on the bandwagon with this and will be doing a MUCH better job of eating well and taking care of his diabetes. I definitely want to schedule an appt. with his doctor, but would like to see how he's feeling on this first, that way he can have the doctor help him tweak things as needed.
I'm going to go read that carb counting article now. :) Thanks!
Fitness Minutes: (53,004) Posts: 8,720 11/3/12 1:40 A
Hi DEEPINTHEWELL and ... looks like you have great information to start and you are already ahead because you have the time to plan and prepare your meals.
My son has had type I diabetes since he was 7 years old. He used to take Lantus (long-acting) and Regular (short acting), than Novolin. Now, at age 22, he is on the insulin pump and uses Humulog and has the Lantus vial/needles and Humulog pen just in case his pump mal-functions and he needs to temporarily take insulin via injections.
Sounds like your husband is using a sliding scale for the short acting insulin, per meal?... and is your husband carb counting?
The Lantus should not have to be changed unless he starts having low blood glucose episodes. Even when this happens, the Lantus may remain the same and the short acting sliding scale may be adjusted. If he eat less carbs he will bolus less insulin per meal to cover the carbs he is eating. Paring protein and some fat with the carb should keep his blood sugar in balance. I think that any change in your husbands diet should be discussed with his endocrinologist/nutritionist, however, as I mentioned earlier, I wouldn't panic unless he starts experiencing extreme fluctuations with his blood glucose levels, since this is a change in the way he is eating, I would just make sure to keep a log of what he eats and take his blood sugar 2 hours or so after his meals to see what is going on with his bg.
TRACKING CALORIES: I do track mine; I need to know how much I am eating and like to keep a log just in case I stop making progress I will have a visual log that I can refer to.. Although it is suggested that you "don't" have to track your calories, Mark does suggest that it may be a good idea to track your carbohydrate intake, especially if you are following :The Primal Blueprint Carbohydrate Curve"... he says:
"most people get involved with this Primal stuff because they want to lose weight without stressing over calorie counts, fat grams, and endless hours on the treadmill. And in order to do that – in order to lean out effortlessly and maintain that leanness – it’s vitally important that you dial in your carb count."
I'm not a doctor but I would think that a lot depends on his body's reaction and whether he has any functioning insulin-producing cells left, also how many carbs exactly he is eating and ho much of an increase in blood sugar there is after meals. If I understand this correctly Lantus may not need to be adjusted right away, but it probably would be better to talk to physician. If you want to find someone who has experience with lower-carb diets that would probably help. I remember there is a website that will let you search by region. Can't remember where, maybe try to google it. Just found it:
I am a SAHM, so I have the luxury of preparing food and taking the time to do it. I already cook breakfast, so that is an advantage for sure!
In regards to Matt's insulin - he takes two types. He takes a set amount at night, which I believe is based on his weight. His doctor gives him a specific number to take and it is long acting over a period of 24 hours. The other is based solely on his blood glucose. Obviously the one based on his blood glucose already changes from day to day - so that won't be a huge adjustment. Do you happen to know if the Lantus (the long acting one) will need to be changed? I'm wondering if I should get him into an appt. with his doctor.
Sounds like you are getting off to a great start. Cleaning out the cupboards and refilling with good stuff helps so much. Another thing I wish I had thought of in retrospect is to plan in more time for home cooking because you may end up doing a lot more of it. If every family member is prepared it will easier. I believe all the health conditions you mention could improve, especially by leaving out anything made from wheat. And of course the fewer carbs your husband eats the less insulin his body will require so he needs to be prepared to cut down his insulin quite a bit, possibly on the first or second day. Don't hesitate to include lots of fat, especially saturated fat in your diet. Protein should be measured in total grams and most people need between 80-100 grams/day. If you eat too much it can be a problem to lose weight. I personally don't track calories. One of the advantages is that you can enjoy your food without having to pay too much attention to the details of calories which makes this way of eating easier to stick with for life. If you do count calories don't do it to limit them, especially not in the first two weeks. You'll be busy just learning how to do this. Also, you may want to pay more attention to how your clothes fit and measurements of hips and waist because weight loss is only good if it's fat rather than muscle. Best wishes, Birgit
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Body Fat %: 16.0
Fitness Minutes: (338) Posts: 67 11/2/12 10:31 P
So, I have been seeing posts about primal eating for a month or two and finally decided to see what it's all about. Am thrilled, because I have major inflammation problems. I suffer from back pain, knee pain and hip pain. In addition, I was diagnosed with IBS but I strongly suspect that it's a bad diagnosis and that instead I suffer from allergies and intolerances to wheat, corn, & other grains. My mom IS allergic to them. Why wouldn't I be? And I KNOW that soy causes me MAJOR problems.
Anyway, after having a long discussion with my husband last night, we decided together that it'd be in our best interests. My husband has type 1 diabetes and I have a multitude of health problems which seem to get better the more I eat protein. My son has Autism and I'm hoping that a gluten free diet will be what he needs to help him focus better.
Anyway! We took the plunge! I cleaned out my fridge and cupboard (I am donating half, threw out a bunch, and then put several boxes of old staples in a box to keep in our closet, just in case. We are giving it thirty days and if we love it - we'll donate the rest) and nearly PANICKED! It looked SO empty. But I went and bought groceries (and to my surprise - it cost less than the crap I was eating before!) and put them all away and am SO thrilled. Everything looks so YUMMY and fresh.
I'm so excited to give this a shot. The hardest thing is that Primal threads keep sucking me down the rabbit hole because there is just SO much information to absorb. I know, I know, Rome wasn't built in a day!
So do you guys track your calories or no? I am thinking about giving it two weeks of not tracking and seeing if I lose any weight. And if I maintain or gain, then I'll track. I want to see if it's indeed true that you don't need to track on this *ahem* diet, I mean lifestyle.
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