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Diabetes and a Very Low Carb Nutrition Plan

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I’ve previously written about jessemaa’s experience with going Very Low Carb High Fat – a/k/a Ketogenic diet. He is a guy who participates in the 52 Day Challenge. His wife has been an insulin dependent Diabetic for the last 25 year. She is now managing her diabetes almost solely with diet. She is doing this under a Doctor’s supervision – smart Lady.

Others on the 52DC have mentioned that they are pre-diabetes or in the earliest stages. Jessemaa put forth a discussion post to provide some of his and his wife’s experiences with going Ketogenic. Here is the Link to the Discussion.

I find it interesting to hear other people’s experiences with eating VLCHF, especially since it has now become a popular diet for our celebrity crowd.

My friend has lost 34 pounds and is almost back to her wedding weight. Her 12 yo son is down 18 pounds and looks fantastic. His doc was shocked.

Still – there is so much miss information, such as ketones are the cause of the weight loss – so take supplements that produce ketones in the presence of carbs and lose weight. Really? Might as well try Snake Oil.

Take a few minutes and read the discussion. Then take a couple of more minutes and tell us about your experience.

Saturated Fat is not the Devil

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Once again the sides line up to do battle. This time the skirmish is about an Editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine:

Saturated fat does not clog the arteries: coronary heart disease is a chronic inflammatory condition, the risk of which can be effectively reduced from healthy lifestyle interventions

There are a huge number of opposition posts  -including this one from Science Alert. I chose that one since it has a number of links to other material.

This battle will continue until real assessments can be accomplished. Even then – how do you control what people eat over a lifetime? How can you set up two groups with only one variable differentiating them – when it comes to eating – and let’s not ignore exercise and other lifestyle activities? 

I eat a substantial amount of saturated fat – if you compare my diet to those who eat low fat and avoid saturated fats. But – they are not eating Very Low Carb – and they are not eliminating processed foods – and they are not limiting added sugar – and they may not be exercising 6 days a week – and – and……….

Still the belief that you can actually determine that saturated fat is always the devil’s spawn goes on.

 

10th Anniversary – Missed it!

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10th Anniversary

 

Yikees! I missed my 10th Anniversary. No – not my wedding anniversary – but – March 12, 2007 – the day I started eating VLCHF and Exercising.

Wait – 99% of all Nutritionists and Dietitians claim that no one can sustain this type of eating for more than a couple of months and then they put the weight back on plus some.

Missing this important date – tells me one thing – this way of life – has become my New Normal.

Thank you one and all for joining me on this journey. 

Ketogenic Diet and Pregnancy

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As I said in my last post – the studies just keep on coming!

This one deals with difficulties becoming pregnant by over-weight women. Can a VLCHF diet actually help a person become pregnant.

Two Melbourne dieticians have developed a new diet to help overweight women who are struggling to become pregnant.

Don’t you just love the phrase “new diet?”

The basic concept is that:

“About 60 per cent of people who are overweight or obese have insulin resistance and insulin resistance impacts our fertility hormones, things like oestrogen,” dietician Melanie McGrice said.

So – if you are overweight – and having difficulty becoming pregnant, you may just want to try a VLCHF diet before you see the Specialist.

 

Low Carb Diet – The Pillar or Diabetes Control

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The Low Carb Program of Diabetes UK has been extraordinarily successful in going against the general advice of the Diabetes establishment. I signed on for a short time to see what they are about. Very helpful – very structured and it is free.

A recent Article entitled: Low-carb diets should be reinstated as pillars of diabetes control, suggests new study by Camille Bienvenu, she summed up a recent editorial:

Perhaps the most important statement: “Over half of those who consumed only 14 per cent of their total energy requirements as carbohydrate, compared to 53 per cent as per current dietary recommendations, could also safely reduce their medication.”

I had previously posted about one of the Challengers from the 52DC -Jessemaa. His wife was put on a VLCHF diet by her physician. She has been an insulin dependent diabetic for over 25 years injecting 70-90 units of insulin per day. From mid-December to mid-January she reduced her dependency to only very small doses of 8-10 units of insulin 5 times to deal with a high morning test. He recently reported that she is no longer using insulin.

We can only pray that her success continues.

As a side benefit – Jessemaa adopted the same diet – they have both lost weight.

As a Post Script – check out this Study: Fasting-mimicking diet and markers/risk factors for aging, diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease

They actually got the damaged Pancreas in mice to regenerate.

If you read between the lines – “… a fasting-mimicking diet (FMD)—low in calories, sugars, and protein but high in unsaturated fats…” Sounds familiar – huh.

Unintended Consequences – Part Four

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On March 12, 2007, I started eating Very Low Carb – High Fat (VLCHF) Normal Protein. The sole purpose was to lose some weight. I ended up losing 80+ pounds. My wife and I found that eating this way actually fit our life style and tastes a lot better than Low Fat or Weight Watchers. As we became adapted to this form of nourishment and meal preparation things went beyond mere weight loss. I’ve discussed much of this in prior Blog posts, but some deserve re-telling, in no specific order.

  • In order to avoid Carbs, we went from eating a multitude of Highly Processed foods to just a limited amount. Even as Atkins and others have become the new WW with their highly processed products, we significantly limit our use, preferring whole foods.
  • Our blood work – from all directions has become just plain Super.
  • My mild case of Psoriasis has become almost – but not completely – gone.
  • I no longer get heart burn.
  • I rarely get headaches.
  • My ability to fend off “colds” has been surprising.
  • I’ve maintained my weight loss for over 9 years – something I have never been able to do before.

To what extent these are solely due to eating VLCHF or Weight Loss or Exercise – OR a combination of all three, I don’t know. I do know that having lost weight and exercised heavily in the past – that I did not have many of these results.

Oh – and yes – I have become the Answer Man for so many others who head down this path.