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SecondChance Blood Sugar Control Mission
« on: October 05, 2014, 09:52:34 AM »
I discovered "paleo" eating last year and for about six months it worked really well for me and I followed it strictly. Then a number of things happened in my personal life and combined with some mental health issues this resulted in some serious lapses and consumption of a lot of high sugar and high gluten foods.

I'm on a mission to get my mood back under control, and the biggest step in this is to control my blood sugar. As an incentive to stay on track I have decided to start a journal here so that I can better see where I am going wrong and also so that I am publicly accountable for the crap I put in my body.

For me the health benefits of "paleo" come from focusing on lots of plant foods and sufficient quantities of animal foods to meet protein and other nutrient requirements. Getting adequate protein and fat has been important for me. I believe fat is healthy but I don't think that adding loads of refined fats (e.g. oils) to the diet is helpful, any more than adding refined carbohydrates is. I also don't believe carbs are inherently unhealthy - merely that they need to be used in suitable quantities depending on activity levels. I don't do well with gluten but personally I think that non gluten containing grains, legumes and dairy are all ok to use in the diet if they work well for you.

For the first week of this journal I am going to attempt a low carbohydrate diet to mitigate some of the damage I have done in the past week due to a high consumption of sugar. I'm also going to be going fairly low calorie. I'm an active person so this is going to be tough. I wouldn't recommend this method to anyone else. The only reason I am choosing to do it is because there evidence that low calorie and low carbohydrate diets can be used to reverse insulin resistance at the early stages. I'll be going a little bit easier on myself with exercise this week if I feel I need to.

I seriously expect this week to be absolute hell. I'm going to use this journal to vent and to remind myself to stay on track. Wish me luck!

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Re: SecondChance Blood Sugar Control Mission
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2014, 01:43:30 PM »
If you have blood sugar control problems, any starchy foods are going to be an issue, gluten or no gluten.

The transition to low carb is hard enough without making it harder on yourself by restricting calories.  Eat plenty of animal fat - especially if you can get fatty grass finished beef or pastured pork - and you'll have the energy you need without the constant blood sugar swings.


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Re: SecondChance Blood Sugar Control Mission
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2014, 02:21:25 PM »
Hi warren, yes I'm quite familiar with low carb believe me :)

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Re: SecondChance Blood Sugar Control Mission
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2014, 12:59:53 AM »
Woke up this morning feeling pretty terrible, which is to be expected. I did a few kettle bell exercises and drank several cups of very fine oolong tea whilst I made lunch to take to work. Usually, because Iím rather active, I do eat breakfast (lots of experimentation with IF has led me to the conclusion that for my mood and hormones, breakfast on MOST days is better for me). Not today howeverÖfeeling way to bloated and horrible. So I showered and cycled into work through the rain feeling rather sorry for myself and looking forward to a time when my belly will feel empty and Iíll want to eatÖ

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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2014, 06:21:47 AM »
By a curious twist of events Iím going to be eating rather different kinds of meat than I normally do this week. I have literally eaten chicken maybe 3 times in the past year, but for bizarre reasons Iíve ended up with a  pack in my fridge this week (organic, free range) and despite not really liking it I have to use it up! Usually for lunch I have lamb heart or sprats or some kind of cheap steak in salad, usually with a couple of avocadoes a week. But this week is going to be boring and repetitive until all this damn chicken is gone. So todayís lunch was grilled (broiled for Americans I think!) chicken in a salad made of shredded carrot and courgette with olive oil, ginger and lemon dressing. Plain but did the job. Iím expecting an afternoon slump because based on my last meals my body will have been waiting for a large influx of sugar with my meal. But Iím ready for it. Iíve been guzzling green and herbal tea all morning and Iíll keep at it this afternoon to keep myself feeling fresh.


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« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2014, 12:49:28 PM »
Funnily enough, no crash this afternoon! I cycled home after work, had a little rest and then cycled to kickboxing. Class was pretty chilled tonight and I felt good. Really powered through my cycle home too - I always have so much energy after! Supper was grilled sardines with mooli and methi cooked in bone broth.

My calories have been very low today, my protein just about adequate. I'll eat a bit more tomorrow but as mentioned the aim this week is to do a low calorie diet and then slowly increase.