My Experiments with LCHF
I came to this forum while reading about shootergeorge’s reversing of diabetes. Unfortunately,I could not get any long grain in Gurgaon or Delhi. I did try a contact in Aurangabad but nothing came of it.
However,I came into this forum while browsing for long grain and started reading on LCHF and the excellent service and education it provides to people with diabetes.My special thanks to Medfree for the wealth of information and references he provides.There are many others who do exactly the same but to a lesser extent, however they are too many to be named. I salute you all.
I came to know of my diabetes shortly after leaving the Army (pre mature retirement) and prior to immigrating to USA in 1993. I am a typical active Punjabi male with history of D2 on both sides of my family. Yet I took liquor and very rich food for most of my life. Perhaps my diabetes was subdued because of a very active life style ( cricket, squash, golf and lesser level hockey and football besides going to gym and jogging). It came whooping out when I landed in USA with complete change of lifestyle and a desire to feed my family and survive. No time for games when you do two jobs.
The doctors in USA and India are just the same. You wait for 25-40 minutes in their office before they see you and then they see you for less then 15 minutes and give you a long list of tests. no one, really no one goes into details of your diets of lifestyle and give you a 5 page leaflet to abide by. All the Youtube videos are great with Bernstein, Mark Hayman etc but they are very few and live far away. The pharma mafia has a solid grip on the Doctors and the system. The good Doctors after a great practice publish a sensational book, come on TV and become very expansive and hard to reach.
Hence the growing out reach to forums and blogs where fellow suffering diabetics help and educate each other. I have been to a lot of them and can generally say that these people try and help.
Anyway I am 67+ now a diabetic for over 20 years. I am retired and on social security in USA and pension in India. I am under medicare for my needs in USA and with ECHF while in India.
I arrived in India in the last week of April and soon joined this forum. At the time of my joining I was taking the following:
Metformin HCL 1000 MG twice a day
Glipizide 10 MG twice a day
Januvia 100 MG one a day at night.
My usual fasting BS was 130-160
Never tested after 2 hrs of meals and till I came to this forum no one in USA advised me to test after meals.
I live In California, very close to Napa and love the easy availability of great wine and excellent organic food.I take both non veg food and wine in abundance. I also jogged, walked and did weight lifting which have kept me on the last frontier (prior to going on insulin). I want to avoid insulin !!
I am presently In India,based in Gurgaon for a few months. I come for a few months for since 2010. I come alone and don't keep a servant or a cook. I cook everything myself or order from a local club.
I started LCHF at the end of may 2014. I feel generally good about myself. By the first week of July my numbers started showing a consistency I had never seen before. My fasing BS range 68-115 (few in 130 and two in 150). My post lunch range is 125-175. My post dinner range after 4 hrs around midnight is 150-195. I am no Doctor but i took a gamble and stopped taking Januvia at this stage. In the third week of July I dropped Glipizide from 10MG twice a day to 5MG twice a day.
My fasting is hovering around 95-125 (more in 110 range). My post lunch and dinner sugars depend on what I eat. I can make lentils (learnt from You tube) and palak paneer . When I take Palak Paneer with boiled veg or raw salad my two hr sugars are in 125-135 range. If I take dal at dinner with raw salads of Cucumber and carrot the sugars at midnight are in 135-185 range. Lentils not good at dinner.
By hit and trial I have learnt to give up Melon and Papaya (i love both the fruits) at breakfast along with an omelet of three eggs. Because when i take these two fruits my sugars after two hours are in the range of 195-250. I have stopped taking these two fruits. My sugars after BF do come down as I take corrective action by eating heavy raw salad at lunch. See, this part of checking sugars after meals was never told to me except when I went through the entire write ups of Medfree.
I have had a blood report on the 30th of july. Not Great but as follows:
Cholestrol Total 202 up from 154 in March in USA
LDL125.6 up from 75
HbA1c 7.9 down from 8.5
My numbers are not good and I don't know what to do. But I am conituing with LCHF. I intend to learn to cook some more.
Incidentally in Jan around new year I gave up non Veg (though if required I will switch back) and this limits the amount I can eat/cook.
I have already reduced two medicines from my intake and my aim to be medicine free. It will take time but I shall prevail.
Its a long introduction. I am glad I wrote it. I am not doing any spell check or looking for grammatical errors, gave those up when i retired.
PS: Use Olive oil, Desi Ghee and Parachute coco oil for fat. Now trying to get virgin coco oil.
Limit wine to 375 ml bottle on happy occasions.