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Type 1 Diabetic - wanting to start Paleo Diet

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created November 06, 2012 at 8:27 PM

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!

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on November 08, 2012
at 07:43 PM

My insurance covered most of it.. maybe $100 or so out of my pocket. Then the sensors are about $40/month Id highly recommend getting one. Dexcom just came out with a newer model then this one too, its supposed to be really good.

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on November 08, 2012
at 04:02 AM

How much did your CGM cost?

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on November 07, 2012
at 04:18 AM

I did not opt to consume only 32 g carbs per day like Dr. Bernstein suggests but I dramatically lowered my fast-acting insulin requirements wonce I adopted the Paleo diet. I went from 16 units of Humalog per day down to just 3 units which means more stable blood sugars and far fewer hypoglycemic events.

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on November 06, 2012
at 11:31 PM

Thanks so much! I feel quite positive now!

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on November 06, 2012
at 10:54 PM

BTW, when I started I did not think it was possible that chaning my eating habit could help with my acid reflux disease. I have not had to take a pill in about two months since going paleo. Also, I had major stomach issues which cleared up. I believe in Paleo!

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on November 06, 2012
at 10:52 PM

+1 for looking into a possible non-drug solution!

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on November 06, 2012
at 10:51 PM

1-up to Janknitz! Forgot bout that book.

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at 10:34 PM

Sure! I started in May of 2012 when I got on the scale and saw 249. I have never been that heavy and I knew I was at risk for varieties of weight related issues. I was kinda sad over the situation when I went to work and talked with a friend who mentioned Paleo to me after I commented how good he looked. Ultimately I started that meal by looking at my canned soup lunch and went out for a Paleo compliant salad bar lunch. I am a 85/15 person. I do allow myself a couple of non-paleo meals, but I keep them limited and i try to find substitutes if I can.

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on November 06, 2012
at 10:21 PM

Thanks, I have ordered his book as well. Unfortunately I live in a small town with no one specialising in Type 1, just the basics are covered. Thanks!

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at 10:17 PM

Many thanks. That does sound positive! Can I ask how you got started? Did you start with one meal at a time? I'm nervous about how much insulin I will need to take as I don't want to take to much. I have ordered the book, does it have information directly pertaining Type 1? I'm glad to hear that apples are allowed!!! Thanks again!

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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.

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on November 06, 2012
at 10:51 PM

1-up to Janknitz! Forgot bout that book.

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on November 06, 2012
at 10:21 PM

Thanks, I have ordered his book as well. Unfortunately I live in a small town with no one specialising in Type 1, just the basics are covered. Thanks!

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on November 07, 2012
at 06:20 PM

Hi Wendy! 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--

type-1-diabetic---wanting-to-start-paleo-diet



cool, yeah?

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

Ryan

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on November 08, 2012
at 04:02 AM

How much did your CGM cost?

27bac964edd249667d0fb749daeeb090

(263)

on November 08, 2012
at 07:43 PM

My insurance covered most of it.. maybe $100 or so out of my pocket. Then the sensors are about $40/month Id highly recommend getting one. Dexcom just came out with a newer model then this one too, its supposed to be really good.

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239bcbf6d0013fd74890f5c7305daf64

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.

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(664)

on November 06, 2012
at 10:54 PM

BTW, when I started I did not think it was possible that chaning my eating habit could help with my acid reflux disease. I have not had to take a pill in about two months since going paleo. Also, I had major stomach issues which cleared up. I believe in Paleo!

239bcbf6d0013fd74890f5c7305daf64

(664)

on November 06, 2012
at 10:34 PM

Sure! I started in May of 2012 when I got on the scale and saw 249. I have never been that heavy and I knew I was at risk for varieties of weight related issues. I was kinda sad over the situation when I went to work and talked with a friend who mentioned Paleo to me after I commented how good he looked. Ultimately I started that meal by looking at my canned soup lunch and went out for a Paleo compliant salad bar lunch. I am a 85/15 person. I do allow myself a couple of non-paleo meals, but I keep them limited and i try to find substitutes if I can.

Ca40240dbd1d2e074e4e9744659c899c

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on November 06, 2012
at 10:17 PM

Many thanks. That does sound positive! Can I ask how you got started? Did you start with one meal at a time? I'm nervous about how much insulin I will need to take as I don't want to take to much. I have ordered the book, does it have information directly pertaining Type 1? I'm glad to hear that apples are allowed!!! Thanks again!

Ca40240dbd1d2e074e4e9744659c899c

(15)

on November 06, 2012
at 11:31 PM

Thanks so much! I feel quite positive now!

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