Hi all, quick recap and then the questions. It REALLY doesnt need to be said not to ignore doctors, but the point of me doing this is to be more self reliant and not to have to depend on others input.
Im a 28yo male and had insulin dependant diabetes since i was 13, ive had alot of ups and downs with it, namely being warned about my kidneys recently :( big shock for me.
Anyway, after all this time of doing what the dcotors have been telling me ive finally come to the conclusion they havent a fcuking clue. Im still overweight, control is shot to hell and health isnt getting any better, and all the time their telling me what they feel i should be doing and not listening to what im telling them.
So i enrolled in a 2 year cooking course which was brilliant. Learning about food, what goes into dishes, creating healthy alternatives, everything, and now ive decided to think for myself about food.
The paleo diet seems to make alot of sense for me as it basically outlines what i want to eat, and what i want/need to avoid. The only problem is excercise, i enjoy reading, computers, and most things sedentary. That and i have a longterm (3yr+) ankle injury that prevents me from extended periods of walking/running.
Is there foods i need to focus on to feel better about getting out and moving, or do i just need to get out, and get used to being outside? Ive heard eating greens increases the chlorophyl and by synthesis makes oxygen more available to muscles? Is this true. Ive handled alot of my cravings by substituting natural foods for what i was missing, nuts for chocolate, honey for sugar, popcorn for crisps. Is there something i can add to help get more excercise? Or do i just need to drastically reduce my food intake?
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on November 27, 2012
at 02:00 PM
Yes. Eat more fat and less carbs.
I'm a T2 diabetic who was diagnosed in April 2011 with a HbA1c of 10.2%, weighing 310lbs, and generally feeling sick.
By eating a low-carb (high-fat) diet, I've managed to lose 70lbs and get my HbA1c down to 4.9% (which is better than most non-diabetics). I also run, but I know lots of other diabetics that get similar, if not better, results without exercise. I don't take any medication.
I know things are a little more complex for T1s, but managing your carb intake (which is easy on a Paleo diet) should help you reduce your weight and (with medical help) might also get your insulin dose down.
If you haven't already I recommend this book on low-carbing for T1s, by Dr Richard K Bernstein who is one of the world's oldest living T1 diabetics. It's the absolute bible of low-carbing.
If you want some other support, we have a community of low-carbing diabetics (T1 and T2) that would love to help you out: http://www.eattoyourmeter.org
on November 27, 2012
at 01:32 PM
People say that losing weight or getting fit is 80% diet and 20% exercise. In my experience, the opposite is true. Having a good diet is a necessary foundation for good health, but I don't feel remotely ok unless I am exercising regularly.
If walking, running, or lifting aren't things that you think you could enjoy, you could try yoga or other more gentle exercise (though my wife is a yoga instructor and I have seen that yoga can be a great workout). Some people exercise best alone, others in groups. I have been doing crossfit in a gym setting for 6 months and have been surprised by how much I like it, being around other people and the camaraderie is a real motivator. Make a commitment to yourself to try something for 20 days (about 3 weeks) and see if you like it.
There have been studies showing that brief, high-intensity workouts totaling 30 minutes per WEEK (i.e. for ten minutes, three times per week) provide a significant benefits to diabetics. You can't really tell me that you can't make time for something like this? Just 10 minutes every other day.