Few words that have become very common for anyone who manages diabetes based on diet (more so the Inverted USDA Food Pyramid) are:
It's a truncated Diet
It's a Distorted Diet
It's Nutritional Torture
Just today, while replying to bhaswathy on one post I just showed the data how peanuts win over ragi even from micro-nutrients point of view for same calorie.
Back to Topic: Listing food items that my life revolves around. Preparations/dishes vary around these items with cooking being more of a North Indian style.
VCO, Butter, Cheese, Paneer, Hung Curd, Milk. (full fat milk).
Peanuts, Almonds, Walnuts, Chironjee
Cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Bell Pepper (capsicum), mushrooms, Cucumber, Avocado (dependent on availability), Spinach, Cucumber, Ladies finger (Bhindi), Egg plant (brinjal), Karela, all Gourds (bottle, snake etc)
Coconut in all forms, including coconut milk
3 Eggs a day. Sometimes it goes up to 4 day -- any form except raw.
Chicken -- not so regular but three or four times a month. Sometimes could be more too.
Fruits -- Apple, Orange, Mango depending on seasonal availability. Sometime Papaya too. Apple normally is 1/2 grated that goes as sweetener to two fixed dessert. Counted number of black grapes slit into two goes into two dessert again as sweetener.
No more than 1 fruit a day at the most.
Black gram (or Bengal gram) small serving only -- overnight soaked and fried. Not very regular.
Water, green tea with lemon, black coffee with VCO, coffee with milk. No sweetener. If ever I feel the need to add sweetener, I add table sugar -- but this is only when I have headaches.
Meal plan: Two meals a day. However, there's no fixed timing for anything, including sleep.
Cheat Days: Not fixed but the day I have to cheat it's normally dinner time and those days I skip even lunch. Those days, no restriction on anything except mentally keeping a check on carbs intake for the day.
Wheat and Rice: Since March 2016, off from these two for a very large part. 2 Matrees a day is the only source of wheat intake. Rice very rare.Lentils very rare. Both rice and lentils are only for breaking the monotony -- maybe twice or thrice a month at the most. My protein source are usually paneer, cheese, nuts and eggs largely; with chicken coming in on the days that I feast on chicken.
Calories Intake: Never counted. But, since last two months or so have cut down on intake as wanted to reduce weight from 75/77 band to 73/75 band. Have been maintaining in 73/75 band since then and I do feel I am eating less than what it used to be earlier. Some day will aim for 70/73 band. I am sure, calorie counting is a failed science -- at least for me -- as I don't think I am taking all the calorie that BMR based computation would want me to take.
Blood Sugar checking frequency: With limited items as above and data collected on all permutations and combinations from above, I have now restricted to 100 strips strips a year. If I finish a lot of 50 faster, I stop testing for longer periods just to get back to average of one test every three days at the most. If for reasons of expiry date of strips I have to finish faster, I again go without testing for few months at a stretch.
So now, armed with above details, can anyone specifically prove based on DATA and NUMBERS as to how I am going through "nutritional torture"? Please do not copy sections of this post to strart a new thread and then try to critique. Whatever discussion has to be there should be there on this thread. I am very eager to see how science can explain that my diet is It's a truncated Diet, a Distorted Diet or a Nutritional Torture. If one cannot prove then please stop using such bombastic terms for diet that has not only helped me but millions across the globe. I am into sixth year as Type 2 on ZERO medications.
In the same breath, I would like people to give at least ONE scientific study on 60% CARBS being a balanced diet. Where's the study? No Appeal to authority logical fallacy please.
Inputs awaited and healthy discussion guaranteed. No regional proverbs and sayings please. They are not science.