I was following the paleo diet for a few months, and slowly, I fell off track. I have been having some blood sugar issues, and my endocrinologist keeps changing her mind about what's wrong with me. First, I had PCOS. Well, my hormones came back normal. Then I was pre-type 1 diabetic since I had antibodies to my pancreas (they were low, but they were there - her words). I finally convinced her to order me a glucose tolerance test (I figured a baseline would be good to have...but I'm no doctor). Now, she said I'm insulin resistant because I have reactive hypoglycemia - my insulin levels were all in the normal range...but my blood sugar CRASHED in the third hour of the test. It went down to 50 - which I know it's measured by the lab, but I checked my blood sugar on my own meter, and it said it was 80. And I always check my meter against my doctor's and it's always the same or very close. Weird.
Anyway, I felt so depressed. I had lost about 10 pounds and I felt good (besides the constipation I couldn't get rid of, but a daily cup of coffee works WONDERS), but I gained back 6 pounds because I went back to my old eating. I stayed gluten free, but I added back in rice, and just overeating, not going to the gym anymore. Well, here I am, 6 pounds heavier (and at 5'4 it looks like I gained 10), and I'm ready to get back to feeling better. I want my numbers to change. It seems like no matter what I do, my hemoglobin a1c is always between 5.5-5.8. I want it to be 5.0. I started going back to the gym again, which is torture. I was so "into" it before, and now I look at it as a hassle.
I need some help getting back on track. I honestly just forgot how I ate before to lose weight and feel good at the gym. If anyone can offer me a beginner's shopping list so I can just start from scratch (and any advice in the blood sugar area), that would be awesome!
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on August 05, 2014
at 04:58 PM
yes i will. i remember in the past i stayed away from sweet potatoes, and didn't start adding them into my diet until i was losing too much weight. but i'm pretty sure i was losing so much, so fast because i was new to paleo and to the gluten free lifestyle, and I ate eggs, bacon, salads (with no protein) and meat/veggies for dinner. and exercised. i lost weight quickly, but started losing my shape and just looked a little boxy and all i ever heard from everyone was "Eggs, again?" "salad, again?" and it did get boring...which is probably one of the reasons I fell off track and into bad eating habits.
If I do have a "starchier" vegetable, I'll have it with breakfast or lunch. And i"ll definitely try squash. I really like acorn squash. would that be ok? or did you mean more like green/yellow squash?
on August 05, 2014
at 03:02 PM
Non-starchy vegetables (think greens), olive oil, meats and seafood, eggs, low carb fruits (like tomatoes, avocados, cucumbers, raspberries, etc) and nuts (macadamias, hazelnuts, almonds).
You know what you have to do, cut out the starchy carbs like rice, breads pastas, etc, cut out the sweets, limit yourself to no more than 3 meals a day (no snacking), and if necessary cut your portion sizes. And I should re-emphasize, don't expect to cheat and get away with it, you might forget about that bucket of ice cream you ate last week, but your body sure won't.
It all comes down to one thing: discipline.