Whats it all about then?

Introduction

The main aim here at it won’t diabeat us help everyone achieve optimal blood sugar control without having to constantly fight meal after meal with huge blood sugar spikes by simply reducing carbohydrates in our diets whilst still enjoying nutritionally rich, hunger satisfying, tasty meals. Recipes include red velvet chocolate cake with buttercream frosting, chocolate truffles, tasty sweet or savory scones, chocolate cookies, biscuits, muffins, cakes, low carb bread rolls, breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes. You will hardly miss anything you were told you needed to eat before and feel loads better for it and achieve optimal health. In this day and age health is wealth so why not bank some now.

A great quote from the worlds most famous diabetic doctor who also is a type one diabetic, who is in tip top health at the impressive age of 84, still runs one of the most successful, busiest diabetic clinics in the whole world. Why he hasn’t been given a noble prize yet is absolutely astonishing. Here’s his quote “Every diabetic deserves the right have normal blood sugars”.

When we talk about normal blood sugar ranges or at least when Dr. Bernstein who does, whose programme I strictly follow. He means around 83mg/dl to us that’s 4.6 mmol. Now most diabetics on high carb diets will be feeling shaking and hypo at these levels and perhaps a little scared and anxious as this is hypo territory. That soon passes as you normalise your blood sugars and get off the high low blood sugar rollercoaster by consuming fast acting carbohydrates in great amounts. When we factor in the game changer that is so simple it hurts. The laws of small numbers, you heard right. Smaller numbers make for smaller errors or in our case not even an error because when following a reduced carb approach you reduce the risks, learn the predictability of your insulin and stick to it. How you are asking? Very simple, by reducing the amount of carbohydrates that we consume, we not only reduce our doses of insulin by Upton as high 3 quarters but also reduce the chance of hypoglycaemic events caused by the unpredictability of such large doses of insulin. I’ll break it down with some easy to understand bullet points and simple logic our healthcare teams are missing.

* Lower intake of carbs = much smaller dose of insulin, (insulin loses predictably when you exceed a 7 unit does in any one injection site) many of my evening meals would have me exceeding 12 units of novorapid, I know now that I should of split that dose into two different sites. My 9 unit of Lantus my basal insulin has now been split into 4 and 5 shot one in each buttock in the evening.

* There is a 20% margin of error allowed on our food nutritional labelling so when carb counting and having say 100g of pasta or 200g of potatoes (only a adult size portion and not excessive) there is possibly an error of 16 to 20%. When your injecting blood glucose lowering medication precision is quite an important part of it, this can be avoided completely by removing the excessive portion of un-nutritional carbohydrate.

We live in such a fast paced world at the height of our evolution, the advancements in food alone let alone technology and medicine are so impressive, you can eat a dangerous amount of sugar in just a few items now a days from most stores and shops for less than a £1. These advancements have come at a cost to our metabolism and in some cases pancreas’s and created an obese society that has been taken advantage of by food manufacturers and very clever advertising. Most diabetics wether type one or type two can’t tolerate high intake of carbohydrates, either fast, slow or complex. We can inject insulin and take oral medications to help lower blood sugar but the truth is the carbohydrates are causing the problem. Even the fastest acting insulin can’t match our digestion or fast acting carbohydrates it’s virtually an impossibility which pose high risks and large doses of insulin.

 

Low Carb Lifestyle

I started going low carb at the end of June 2017 using the help of dr. Richard K.
Bernstein’s the diabetes solution. In the first two to three weeks I had reduced my hb1ca from 8.3% down to 5.3%. This was achieved by being smarter with my food choices and eliminating excess unnecessary carbohydrates. First you have to start by eliminating simple sugars, by this I don’t just mean table sugar but fast a/citing carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are what make our battle with diabetes even harder. The main aim of a diabetic is to keep our blood sugar levels in a non diabetic range. The Non diabetic range is between 4-7mmol based on a normal western diet loaded with carbohydrates and quick fix meals and sugar fixes to get us through our hectic day to day lives of we all reduced our carb intake you would see blood sugars at and around 4.6-5.0 around the clock.

Since changing my eating habits and reducing my carbohydrate intake, which was a lot as I was very active and was matching eating to insulin. It should be the other way around. Match your insulin to your food and factor in reducing carbohydrates in your diet your need for insulin deminni I am now more awake than ever. I have greater stamina and strength, my swimming ability has increased 2 fold. Eating cereals and fast acting carbs such as bread and pasta had me limited to around 700m in an hour swim session. Since switching my eating habits and reducing my carbohydrate intake I now swim around 1250m in just over 45 minutes. I have now also introduced indoor cycling and core training using 2 6kg dumbbells in to my routine. I also commute using only my bicycle for local journeys, kayaking and walking.

Carbs to avoid other than the obvious sweets, sugary drinks and processed foods.

* Potatoes and any root vegetables as these contain a lot of starch and carbohydrates
* Rice
* Pasta
* Bread
* Fruit (some berries are acceptable, depends on the individual and effect on blood glucose)
* Pastry and baked goods.
* Cereals
* Milk
* Beans