I’m happy to report that the paleo lifestyle has helped me to improve my hemoglobin A1C by 2.5 points in 6 months! This is huge for me! Just like many type 1 diabetics I ride the blood sugar rollercoaster, and even though I try to help diabetics by blogging, YouTubing, posting daily motivation and tips, I struggle just like you all do. I’m going to admit now, for the first time, what my A1C was back in March when I started on my paleo journey. My A1C was 11.4. Shocking right? Now it’s 8.9. The lowest I can remember actually. For those who are not diabetic, that number is suppose to be under 7 for good control of diabetes. Being diabetic for 42 years makes it really challenging to get that darn number down where it belongs, but getting it this low, that quick, has me motivated to get it down to 7.5 by years end!
The only thing I changed back in March, was starting to live paleo. I’ve always worked out regularly, so I’m not really accounting my exercise in this improvement. I’m probably about 70% paleo overall, but at home I’m 100% paleo. My home no longer has any processed foods that come in a box, can, or sack. I buy whole foods (fruits and lots of veggies), a little frozen veggies for convenience and storage time, lots of meat, no dairy, and lots of olive and coconut oil. I cook a lot now, which means I do a lot more dishes than I want to, but it’s been worth it. If I only had a garbage disposal and dishwasher! I have a friend that does house cleaning. I wonder what her rates are? Anyway, back on track, I started doing something where each time I’d go to the grocery store, I’d buy a fruit or vegetable I’ve never tried before. I discovered I like a lot of things I’ve never tried before! Like . . . OMG . . . KALE!!! Kale fried in coconut oil is like health candy, and I think I might overdo it sometimes? LOL! I’d never tried kale until I started paleo.
I used to live on cereals, tv dinners, potato chips, cookies, microwavable meals, fast food, pizza, etc. Then I discovered paleo. Now I call myself a paleobetic, because I’ll be paleo for life.
What is paleo and why has it helped? Paleo is a lifestyle. It’s pretty simple, eat like our hunter gatherer ancestors, exercise like them, get outdoors, and reduce your carbs. Most people these days eat anywhere between 200-300 carbs a day, and a some eat even more! On paleo I’ve been averaging around 100 carbs a day. I tried the low carb (30<) thing, but that led to some diabetic challenges. Be very careful doing low carb as a type 1 diabetic.
You can find my favorite blogs, websites, and YouTube channels, about paleo and primal living in the column to the right. What got me started down this path was a movie called Fat Head. Seeing that movie caused me to go out and buy “The Paleo Solution” by Robb Wolf, and “The Primal Blueprint” by Mark Sisson. I read those faster than I’ve ever read a book before. Then I started doing research online and found the online paleo community.
I’d like to take this moment to personally thank Robb Wolf, for answering questions for me in your podcast, replying to my Facebook messages, and for your leadership in the paleo community. Robb, your accessibility to an average guy like me is . . . well, awesome. Thanks man.
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