I am 36 years old and have been a Type 1 Diabetic for 7 years.
I recently came upon the Paleo Doet and very excited that it may be the "answer" to controlling my sugar levels.
I live in a small town with no Diabetic Soecialist, so I am kinda on my own with this.
How do I go about starting? I guess my concers are that I will hypo on this new way of eating, so I was hoping someone could give me some advice to get the ball rolling. Many thanks!
asked byWendy_17 (15)
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on November 06, 2012
at 10:16 PM
I would suggest you carefully read Dr. Bernstein's diabetic solution. Even if you choose to follow a paleo way of eating instead of his recommended eating plan, he has very explicit instructions in there for how to monitor your blood sugars and adjust insulin doses accordingly to avoid hypoglycemic episodes.
Hopefully you have a good doctor who can work with you on this too, as you may need to change the types of insulin you're on.
on November 07, 2012
at 06:20 PM
You will need a lot less insulin while eating paleo... especially if you do low carb paleo like I do.
I dont have any hypos or hypers when I'm eating strict paleo. My blood sugars look like this on my CGM--
You'll have to tinker with your numbers, but I personally take about 3 units of humalog when I eat a meal, and 12 units of lantus at night.
Good luck! let us know how you do. And if you like, post your experience at www.1happydiabetic.com
on November 06, 2012
at 10:05 PM
Well, first off, you found your way here so Congrats! My recommendation is to start by reading "The Paleo Diet" by Loren Cordain. Or "The Paleo Solution" by Rob Wolff and Loren Cordain. That is really what got me started. Lots of people on this website can answer specific questions, but for me it came down to really understanding what I was consuming and understanding not what "I couldn't eat" by rather "what I could eat". The old saying, "if man made it...don't eat it" is spot on. Stick with veggies, fruits, meats, and certain nuts and you will get a great start on it.
Lots of websites with information out there, I also whole heartedly tell people about the podcasts at 'everydaypaleo' and those have some good question and answer kinds of things...but they are a bit silly sometimes. Rob Wolf also does podcasts as well so there is some great information out there.
My biggest shot of advice is this. Paleo has freed me from a jail I really didn't know I was in. I had it set in my mind that meals needed to fall into the Sad American Diet format in order for them to be good for me. I now know that there are tons of other things I can eat that are not just good for me...but they help me thrive. I hope some of this helps! Good luck and remember that none of us is perfect and we all slip up sometimes. Brush it off and grab an apple and it will all be good!
BTW, you may want to find a doctor that is Paleo friendly so they can help you with some of your special dietary needs if there are any restrictions.