Still making great progress on the diet, losing around a pound a day! Down 12 lbs!! My blood sugar levels have also been falling, so much so that I felt the Metformin is an unnecessary risk and had my first full day off of it. This morning my Blood Sugar Level was 90!!! This is really working! One week down, seven more to go.
The first big lie is that Type 2 Diabetes is chronic and progressive. The second lie is that treatment of blood sugar is the primary target of therapy
Just to log a day of meals:
Breakfast, a Vitamix smoothy of 1/2 cup of assorted frozen berries, large handful of mixed power greens, and an inch of Ginger, some ice and water.
Lunch, salad of spring mix lettuce with carrots tomatoes cucumber with a table spoon of Vegan thousand island dressing.
Dinner, Tomato soup with two cans of no salt diced tomatoes 2 cups of low sodium veg stock, mushrooms, onion, garlic, celery, and some spices like oregano.
Snack, 15 mini carrots with some vegan ranch dressing as a dip.
Read a great article from another word press blog: Healing on a Budget, entitled Reversing Type 2 Diabetes. (will include a link below) It gives a ton of information about how the disease works, and how it is curable through diet and exercise. There was one point that really stood out in my mind when they brought up how this information is and has been out there in the established medical community for some time now. Published in numerous medical journals, not just the preachings of some wacko vegan on Youtube. That if your doctor doesn’t know this or doesn’t bring it up to you before putting you on a medicine regiment then they are not only doing you a disservice but living in the dark ages. Although I assume they are actually living in the drug companies pocket to be more accurate. My doctor notified me of having Type 2 Diabetes via email, and immediately prescribed Metforim, no discussion of what might be the cause of the problem, no talk of a change in diet first for a period of time – Then see how my levels have progressed to reevaluate whether medication is truly a necessary step. Really a crappy way of dealing with me and my condition. I had to be proactive and find out everything on my own, it required some digging, but in the end I believe I have found what I need to reverse my Type 2 Diabetes!!!
I am now a week into eating the low calorie diet, no meat, dairy, oil, very small amounts of low glycemic fruit (berries) in a morning smoothie (see previous posts) and lots of low starch vegs. I have lost 11 lbs in the first week! My fasted blood sugar has gone down to 108!!! It’s really working!!!!
Give this a listen, and view – great info and presentation!!!
This article shows promise that I might be on to something…
Type of Vegetarian Diet, Body Weight, and Prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes
Type of Vegetarian Diet, Body Weight, and Prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2671114/
Let’s get this straight, I am not a vegan or vegetarian, but the studies do show that they have the lowest likeliness of contracting the disease…
Like I said earlier, I love to play sports. Once I get into something I become kinda fanatical about it. The last 10 years has been surfing and some cycling. I will surf every m w f for two hours minimum depending on the waves religiously. The cycling has been very sporadic. I noticed that my blood sugar reading goes down after exercise and typically after eating dinner, my wife and I will plop down on the couch and watch TV… This might be another thing that could be causing this problem in the first place!
Whats the change?
So I am going to either go on a walk after dinner, or ride our recumbent bike – Not going hard core or anything, just for 10 mins on a high level. Just to get my body started on burning up those calories.
Last year my wife and I bough a Vitamix, and began making morning green smoothies as our Mondy through Friday breakfast. They are made with Power greens bought from trader joes or something similar from costco along with a banana, and orange, lemon, and an inch of ginger.
I still make the smoothie except I have learned that some of these foods might be spiking my sugar from the moment I suck it down. Now I make the smoothie with a frozen or fresh mix of berries, they are said to have a lower sugar profile, power greens, 1/4 cucumber, and an inch of ginger.
For lunch I make a salad of mixed greens, celery, radishes, shredded carrots, broccoli, tomato, etc…maybe some days some cauliflower. I will sometimes add some protein, by that I mean a very small portion of cooked salmon, or tuna, maybe even a lil baked tofu.
I have been using a Vegan salad dressing that is sold from Whole Foods that has very little sugar, carbs, and junk ingredients that nobody knows what they are in there for.
Snacks, are small bit of roasted unsalted almonds or some mini carrots with a table spoon of dressing to dip them in.
Dinners so far have been more salads, or roasted vegetables like cauliflower with mushrooms. I have a vegetable spiralizer that can turn things like zucchini into pastaesque noodles which are great with some baked mushrooms (when you chop them up into little pieces and bake them, they are kinda like meat so I add them to my pasta sauce I make from a can of roasted tomatoes with fresh garlic and onions.
Basically just trying to eat extremely clean, and smaller portions, and trying to not just eat a salad all the time too. Variety is the… yeah yeah.
Like I said before I have a portion problem! Simply I place too much on my plate, well this is going to change. This week I have cut back my portions, eating the recommended portions according to the suggested serving sizes that I typically have always ignored. I gotta admit, it’s hard! Especially when I never really considered myself a fat guy, although my pant size is a 38. When I got Nachos I went Super, when I got coffee I went Venti, Pizza always extra large so eating so little feels stifling. On top of that I am always kinda hungry by nature too. I read that its better to be hungry than full and when feeling hungry to simply drink more water and just think if it as my body is beginning to use up all the stored fat I have built up over the years that the exercise never did.
So where am I at today, one week after my diagnosis? I have lost 9 lbs! My blood test of FBS (Fasting Blood Sugar) has gone down to 120! Just in the manageable range!!!
Not cured yet, but I believe I am on the right path!