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A few years ago I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I was told that it was a progressive disease with no cure. I was told that eventually I would need insulin, but that if I was careful I could stall this for some time. I was told that diabetic neuropathy (which I had in my feet to an unbearable degree) was incurable since the damage from high blood sugar had already occured.
I took metformin, regularly (religiously) tested my blood sugar, and took medication for neuropathy. The neuropathy got much worse and I was unable to sleep at night. I keep getting higher and higher doses of neuropathy medication, which had the side effect (for me) of making me incredibly drowsy.
In June of 2011 I got sick and tired of the whole thing and decided that I would get off my meds.
I HAVE NO MEDICAL TRAINING, AND EVERYTHING HERE IS MERELY A RECOUNTING OF WHAT WORKED FOR ME.
I will tell you that a man that I teach with had diabetes also. In October of 2011 he was told that if he didn't start injecting insulin he would go blind or lose his legs. He started my program and within 45 days he had cut his oral meds in HALF and had COMPLETELY NORMAL BLOOD SUGAR NUMBERS.
This "program" is counter-intuitive, but it worked for me. Parts of it are Atkins, South Beach, etc. I just tweaked it to suit my needs. The thing that amazed me and my friend Vern H. was how QUICKLY it worked.
Here's what I did:
1. Get mad at your diabetes! Get fed up with shots and pills and wild blood sugar swings. This will make it easier to initially get with the program.
2. Switch out any sugar you are using for XYLITOL. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol (like sorbitol, manitol, etc.) that tastes EXACTLY like sugar with no after-taste. It's completely natural and has additional health benefits. It's available under several brand names, and here in California it's in all the grocery stores.
3. FORGET ABOUT CALORIES. Sounds weird, but completely forget about calories.
4. Limit yourself to TEN GRAMS of net carbohydrates per day for the first two weeks. Look at the carbohydrates and subtract the fiber and that's your net. There are plenty of free carb lists on the web. I'll post one here soon.
5. Drink lots of water. Your body will start burning its own fat and that will produce ketones which need to be flushed from your system. Your urine may smell bad. You'll get over it.
6. Prepare to be amazed at how quickly you stop being hungry (2-3 days max).
7. Eat as much as you want. Pig out on meat, cheese, low carb veggies, etc.
8. For some reason this happens more quickly for men than for women: the weight begins to FALL off. Vern and I lost about a pound a day for the first two weeks, then the weight loss slows. After about 5 months my weight stabilized at a level that was 33 pounds below where I started.
9. After the first two weeks you will notice that your blood sugar is DRAMATICALLY impacted. You won't be hungry. You will have new energy. Acid reflux (mine, anyway) went away. MAGICALLY MY NEUROPATHY BEGAN TO DISAPPEAR. My "incurable" neuropathy began to fade and I began to cut back on my meds until in about ten days I was off of them completely.
10. For the third week you can up your daily net carbs to 15 grams.
11. For the fourth week and thereafter keep your carbs at 20 grams or less.
12. Take vitamin supplements. I take lots of C, balanced B, mix tocopherol E, and others.
13. Take fiber to help with regularity and keep cholesterol down.
14. I was amazed to find out that even though I was eating butter, cream, meat, cheese, etc., my cholesterol tested just fine!
15. If you are a drinker remember that hard liquor has ZERO carbs. Stay away from beer and wine. If you must drink wine drink Brut or Extra Dry Champagne, as these have the lowest carb values. Yeah, yeah, yeah, everyone says stay away from alcohol, but take it from Vern, it doesn't seem to matter diabetes-wise.
16. Chart your blood sugar levels and weight on Excel. It's simple and fun and keeps you motivated. If you need help with an excel spreadsheet let me know and I'll email one to you.
* What if you go to a party or out to dinner?
Don't worry! As long as you do it only occasionally, you will screw up your program for one day at most...your body gets better and better at bouncing back.
The weight loss is dramatic. The energy you have is amazing. The loss of type 2 diabetes is incredible.
...more to come
CONTACT ME: Steve@SDH.com