7 Weeks Down and Progress being made!
Today marks week 7 of my change in diet and lifestyle. It’s been a while since I posted, mainly because I have been busy with our websites, my day job, my night/weekend job and finding time to sit down and write something has been difficult.
So as I mentioned, today marks 7 weeks since cutting out Gluten, Processed Foods, Artificial Sweeteners, Grains, and Dairy…basically went paleo. A lot of people comment to me…”I don’t know if I could give up my xxxxx”. Well, here’s the trick. It’s up to you. I still have the odd piece of cheese, and even the odd slice of processed meat like product. Dee still puts cream and real sugar in her coffee. There’s nothing written in stone anywhere that says you have to give up everything. It’s your choice. Remember, going Paleo doesn’t mean that there are strict guidelines. Other than eating what your grandmother would recognize as food. Boxed mashed potatoes is not food. Eat fresh food, things that you could catch or cultivate if you were naked and only had a sharp stick. Meaning, fresh fruits, and veggies, animal products, and where possible, buy locally produced so as not to introduce chemicals or other nasties into your food. This ‘diet’ has been around for millions of years of our evolution, and our bodies have adapted to work with it. Smoking, MSG, GMO’s, and lot of other acronyms have been around for such a small portion of homo’s existence on this planet. No wonder why we’re so sick, we’re going against the human blueprint.
For the most part it hasn’t been as bad as I’d thought going into this. Having to give up my Peanut butter and jam sammiches? It really hasn’t been that bad….no, really. Much like giving up an old friend, there are moments that things are a little tough. But each day, it’s a little easier. I do miss certain foods, but when i look at what they do to my body and health, it’s not hard to pass it up. May occasionally have something on a banned list. There are no rules. You want pasta, have it. You want that burger, have it. Just try to do it less often, and make wiser choices. Like Burgers without buns (use Portobello mushrooms for buns 🙂 )
So, how am I doing? For the most part I believe i am doing really well. We don’t have exact measurements and numbers (since I lost my opening numbers to compare with), but i know that my weight is less. We know that I started (according the scale at my Endo’s office), at 157kg. I have no clue as to what I am today. I am not going to measure my successes by what a scale says anyways. I can tell you this though – I had to put another notch in my belt that i got for Christmas (thanks Megs), if not, people tend to point and stare at the big guy sans pants. I am sure there are laws against it, so I tend to always have a belt on. I have more energy. I am having more fun. I argue with the kids less. I believe that I am a better husband to Dee. I am smiling more. I feel the best I have in years, and this is only the beginning.
What about the doctors visit? Well, that’s true, i did go see my family doctor last Friday, and he was very happy with what i am doing. He did remind me that as a doctor practicing medicine in this country that it was his duty to remind me that eating the required servings of grains is very important to ones overall health. What progress have I made in these 7 weeks since I last saw him. My High Blood pressure is gone, and so are the meds required for it. My Cholesterol meds are gone as well. The only thing he said to me worth noting is that he was proud of me and my Blood Glucose numbers.
For those who don’t know, I am a Type 2 diabetic. Have been (officially) diabetic since December 31, 2009 (nothing worse than being told you are sick on New Years eve). During the time since I was officially diagnosed to when I started my journey, 7 weeks ago, I wouldn’t even need all the digits on a single hand to count the number of “Normal” readings I had while following the advise and directions of trained medical people. In the past 7 weeks (50 days, with an average of 7 tests per day – totalling 356 readings.) since going Paleo:
- 2 Lows
- 12 highs (2 false…didn’t wash my hands before test…whoops)
- 342 Normal readings
My average reading for the past 28 days was 6.4 mmol/L (or for you non-metric folks 115.2 mg/dl).
Why the sudden change? Dumping the CRAP foods, and eating like a caveman. There is no hocus pocus here. I have spent a lot of time researching, and studying diets, and long came to the conclusion that diets are DIE with a T stuck at the end. When I first heard about this whole Paleo thing, I kind of laughed at it. “You eat bacon 16 times a week, and that’s supposed to be healthy? Come on, you’re joking me. You eat fat? You don’t consume dairy or whole grains? – you’re *#&FH@! nuts!” Well, I went home, and started to read. First off, there are no reports of people linking heart disease to bacon. There are no reports that can actually link heart disease to naturally fatty foods. There are tons of reports of people getting sick from eating Grains and dairy. Humans aren’t meant to eat grains. Birds are. Birds eat grains, humans eat birds, and that’s the circle of life.
The USDA has a food pyramid, you’re all familiar with it I am sure – I for one was sold on it. My eyes were opened when i started to look for connections between why my glucose readings and my weight were increasing with the foods that I was eating, and the news shocked me. The stars suddenly aligned. There was much singing and dancing, and the Archibalds, they did rejoice. We found what we had been looking for. The cause to my troubles was actually IN the food I was consuming, the same food that my former medical teams had told me that i needed to eat to maintain my health. Maintain is such a crap word. I never had any plans on “Maintaining” my health. My plan is to beat it. I will go into much further details about CRAP foods in another post. Needless to say, I found my connection. I started by cutting back on certain things, like breads, and starches, and increased my servings of meat, and veg. Within 48 hours, I had an actual normal reading. Again, much singing and dancing happened. After the neighbors stopped complaining about the noise, we took things a step further. We cut out dairy and grains for me. Another sudden drop in my sugar reading, and a noticable drop in my blood pressure. After a few more days of this glory, Deann dropped everything, and joined me…as did the kids. The cause of my problems was in the food that I was told was healthy for me to eat. So wrong we were. We’re on the road to becoming healthy.
Why not try it out for 30 days, and see how you feel? You don’t need to have diabetes, high blood pressure or cholesterol to try this. Limit yourself to eating what nature provides, rather than what is made in a lab?