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It’s Been a While

It has been a while since I last did my blog, not because of any particular reason except that I don’t feel I have a lot to report. I am not due back at the doctors for my 6 monthly diabetes check up for at least another month (they tend to be around your birthday and mid year), and sometimes it doesn’t feel like much is happening…

Until I look back, that is…

A few years ago, not that many.. maybe 5 or 6 I went to weight watchers (a wholly owned subsidiary of Heinz by the way… you learn something new every day!) and weighed in at 20.5 stone. I dieted and lost 2 stone, which I thought was a bit of a miracle and then lost another stone when I split up with my then boyfriend three years ago now…

Then I found out I was diabetic and since starting a low carbohydrate  lifestyle in October last year have lost almost another 2 stone (it will be two stone in 2 lbs time).

And it’s in looking back that I realise just how far I have come, and the weight is still moving slowly but in the right direction. In the past 7 months I have lost 26 lbs… that’s a nice average of 3.5 lbs each and every month.

And I feel great.

 

Where Am I Now?

Sometimes it feels like there isn’t much happening, or that it is happening so slow that it’s hardly worth the effort.. and then a small thing can happen which makes it all worthwhile again!

As you know I am following a LCHF diet/lifestyle in an effort to control my blood sugar and therefore my diabetes. I have made no bones of the fact that if a little weight comes off too then I will be more than happy to wave it goodbye!

This weekend I got on the scales and I am about 3lbs (I say about because my feet on the scales are a long way from my eyes and like any post 40, my eyes aren’t as good as they once were).. as I was saying, I am about 3lbs under 16 stone! It’s been 20 years since I was last under 16 stone!

Also, every day at work someone will comment on how much weight I have lost.. which of course, makes me feel even more fabulous! I have even been told that I look younger and healthier – and to be fair, who doesn’t want to hear that!

I feel fantastic.

And sometimes I just can’t believe how good it feels.

Although it hasn’t all been down to low-carbing, as I lost a couple of stone after the break up of my relationship, I have now lost over 4 stone, gone from a size 26 to a size 18 and kept my blood sugar down almost in the non-diabetic range.

Life is good.

 

My Research

Today one of my daughters let me know that she is not impressed by me changing my lifestyle and go LCHF in an attempt to control my diabetes. She thinks (rightly so) that I am going against the advise of health professionals  and (wrongly I believe) will make myself more sick by doing so. So for you Debbie, I have written this particular blog. If you can follow the same route I have, and not come to the same conclusions I would be very, very surprised.

Since discovering that I have diabetes I have read a number of books on the subject of diabetes and diet. The first thing I read was the folder of information supplied by my diabetes nurse which made for scary reading and left me with a number of unanswered questions and a certainty that diabetic was not what I wanted to be. Unfortunately, once you have it, it’s with you for life. So I set about looking for answers and I think I have found some. Only time will tell if I am right or not but what I read makes sense.

Of course, I have doubts. I have been indoctrinated in the ‘low fat high carb’ way of eating for the past 30 years so turning my diet on its head is worrying. However, I have seen changes in just these three months that cannot be attributed to anything other than my change in diet.

Firstly, water retention all gone, then the thing on my leg stopped spreading and started fading although it’s still got a way to go, my mood has improved, I am starting to feel happier and healthier, I have lost somewhere between 11 and 16 lbs in weight (it varies slightly but the general trend is down) and finally I have dropped a dress size. If that is topped off by a good blood glucose result next month then who is to say I am doing the wrong thing.

Don’t take my word for it though folks; I am going against the advise of my diabetes professional and I would not recommend that for anyone else. What I would say is do your own research, draw your own conclusions and be responsible for your own health.

If you are interested in the research I have done so far…

Books I have read are:

Why we get fat and what we can do about it – Gary Taubes

The Diabetes Diet – Richard K Bernstein

Living Low Carb – Jonny Bowden

 

I am currently reading:

The Obesity Epidemic – Zoe Harcombe

Diet 101 – Jenny Ruhl

 

On my bookshelf still to read are:

The diabetes solution – Richard K Bernstein

Blood Sugar 101 – Jenny Ruhl

 

I have also done a lot of surfing the Internet and favourite sites include:

www.dietdoctor.com

www.diabetes.co.uk

www.zoeharcombe.com

 

And of course YouTube:

Big Fat Lies

Enjoy Eating Saturated Fats

The Food Revolution

 

Primal Living

I have been looking/reading a lot since I decided to go low carb, and I have been very impressed by the Primal Lifestyle.  If you want to have a look into it, I suggest you start somewhere like Marks Daily Apple on Facebook. A daily blog on going/living primal.

He also has a daily newsletter (with a number of give-aways) that you can find here 

It is probably too high in fruit for me as a diabetic, but for those with a healthy insulin production system and a wish to regain brilliant good health you should look into Primal. Our ancestors thrived on it, it is modern living that is killing us.

Good luck in your quest.

Lesley