Paleo diet? Could this be your ticket to good diabetes mgmt

By jigsaw Latest Reply 2013-07-07 16:18:16 -0500
Started 2013-07-03 17:02:14 -0500

There are many approaches to a healthy diet. The Paleo diet just may be the right ticket for you. I do not follow the Paleo diet per se, but I do incorporate many of it's concepts into my diet. Many healthy food plans seem to have quite a bit in common, and eliminating or cutting back substantially on processed foods is commonly evident. There are a few members that follow the Paleo diet and maybe they can jump in ,as they have offered excellent info in the past. The following link and video is interesting and informative, check it out:

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Stmtn013 2013-07-06 13:48:43 -0500 Report

Never heard this term before—but I have stopped eating canned ( processed) food for two yeas. Also stopped eating meat —- like to gain weight and muscles ..My A1 C is 7.6
twice —so doctor added another oral medicine —in addition to metformin. I love Papaya and Mangoes—some times smoothies —and ice cream —working on it to limit or get read of those … cravings…

jigsaw 2013-07-06 17:52:03 -0500 Report

Good to see that your working on diet and your a1c. Do you have an ultimate goal to achieve with your a1c?

Stmtn013 2013-07-07 09:41:21 -0500 Report

I am from India … been here 40 years ..I do not like any type Medicine ( drugs) ..I want to get rid of Oral …Metformin. There are Natural ways and herbal supplements to control. I know a Doctor ( MD ) in California — he guarantees to eliminate diabetes…off drugs, I will start taking his supplement in addition to Metformin.
Used to be okay between 7 and 8. New studies —every one recommends to keep A1C —under 6 —I am happy with under 7.
I also take Vitamins B —supplements for nerve damage control.
I do not take any medicine for Kidney and Nerves —that most doctors recommend. There a re too many side effects to every medicine. I have decided to eat more fat —regular milk, flax seed oil, almond milk, and do more exercises. Eat Flaxplus ( mother nature's ) waffles as break fast. My cholesterols are very low. —.under 100.

jigsaw 2013-07-07 16:18:16 -0500 Report

I tend to agree, that anyone that can manage their diabetes without medications, is very fortunate. I was able to do so for 6 to 7 years after my diagnoses. I did consult with numerous naturopathic doctors over the years, and I utilized quite a few herbs and supplements. many did help to manage my blood glucose, but nothing I found eliminated my diabetes. It's been about 20 years since I was diagnosed, and so far no complications caused by diabetes. I've maintained an a1c of 6.0 with variations occasionally of two tenths of a point.
I firmly believe that one of the most damaging components of diabetes, is high blood glucose! For this reason, I do my best to keep tight control of my blood glucose and still get proper nutrition. So, when necessary, I resorted to various prescribed meds along with exercise. I do question the idea of a person with diabetes that maintains an a1c much below 6.0. A person without diabetes, that eats a nutritionally balanced food plan will accomplish an a1c well below 6.0 naturally. A person with diabetes would probably have an abnormal a1c utilizing the same food plan. Therefor, a person with diabetes would have to eliminate or cut down some nutritious choices, such as the amount of healthy carbs for example. The other choice would be to utilize medications, or both, along with exercise. To maintain an a1c much below 6.0, I strongly suspect a diabetic would most likely be ingesting an insufficient amount of carbs, or taking an abundant amount of medication. Either way, there will probably be a price to pay in the years ahead if important nutrients are lacking for a long enough time. Many opinions on this subject, but most doctors, and registered dieticians that I have talked with seem to agree with this basic concept.
I guess it is most important that we get our bodies in balance, as is somewhat displayed by various blood tests etc. I hope you continue to do so, as I am constantly working at it.

Nick1962 2013-07-05 19:20:45 -0500 Report

Like you, I’m not 100% Paleo. Maybe 85-90%. I think this diet can be taken a little too far sometimes. But when comparing this eating lifestyle, even being 60% compliant still produces better results on blood sugar than the ADA recommendations.
What I like about it is its simplicity. You don’t have to take an advanced math class to figure out carb exchanges or ‘loads” like other diets. After a while you really don’t need to read labels because you already know what your food values are.
If you’re creative and willing to gamble a little, even meal plans can be fun. We often go to the store without a list and buy out of our 4 categories (protein, vegetable, fruit, and nuts/beans) whatever is on sale. Made a nice meal of some small but great trout, white beans braised in wine, and a quickly steamed baby bok choy last night. No list and the whole meal was less than $4 per person.

jigsaw 2013-07-06 07:53:23 -0500 Report

Moderation, combined with good old fashioned ( maybe very old as in paleo ) healthful nutrition and the flexibility to modify somewhat , appears to be key! Modernization, seems to fit in somewhere also.

denipink 2013-07-03 18:53:41 -0500 Report

I had a good look see into Paleo. I was on the PaleoHacks,com message board where i asked lots of questions. I just can't understand how anybody would want to eat 16 ozs of meat in a day. I sure could not get that amount of meat down in one day.

I now eat mostly vegetarian and i am happy with that. I eat a bit of chicken and fish so 2 x a week. The vegan diet i was on was good for a start to eating healthy, but, in the end i needed more protein and didn't seem to be able to eat enough to keep my BS stable.

It has been trial and error for me. You never know — next month i might be onto something different again. lol.


Stmtn013 2013-07-06 13:44:21 -0500 Report

I am also vegetarian — for more protein —buy good quality —Whey Protein powder and add to any liquid meal — milk, soup or just water —also buy protein bars —

jigsaw 2013-07-04 05:58:37 -0500 Report

I agree with you concerning red meat. I do eat a 4 ounce portion on occasion, but only once in a while.
It should be noted that the paleo-diet participants in the UCSF study, who were able to reduce their cholesterol levels, did not eat red meats or saturated fats; their proteins came mainly from lean sources like fish and chicken, while the fats in the diet were heart-healthy, unsaturated types.
Trial and error, and getting informed with the help of professionals, and reliable sources is probably the best way to determine what works best with ones body. It's done wonders for me!

denipink 2013-07-04 07:03:17 -0500 Report

Yes, i agree. Also, there was lots that was good about the Paleo. I know of several people that healed their disease just by eating Paleo. If a diet can do that — i am all for it!

Being diabetic, we need to be uber-careful about diet, exercise, having less stress, etc.

Since stabilizing my diet, i have stabilized my BS and that's a good thing..haha. Starting to sound like Martha Stewart!


jigsaw 2013-07-05 15:43:42 -0500 Report

Good to hear that your fitting the pieces together! It's seems to be a never ending process, but as long as the picture keeps improving, it's worth it!

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