I thought it time to review a few facts that help support Mike’s mission to reverse his type 2 diabetes.
Mike is maintaining an A1c in the low 5’s. At diagnosis his HbA1c was 10.2. That was in July 2014. By changing his diet and within three months of diagnosis, Mike had dropped his HbA1c to 5.0. Today his HbA1c is 5.3. That’s really awesome!
How did he do it?
He started watching the carbs in everything he ate. He ate a healthy fat, very low carb diet. When he does eat carbs, they are low glycemic index carbs. He also takes supplements to support a healthy liver and immune system. He tries to exercise daily. He tries to walk and/or ride a stationary bike; but truthfully he isn’t exercising often enough.
Glucose, carbs, and sugar are like poison for his system. He has a metabolic condition. He can’t metabolize all the forms of sugar that are in so much of the foods he used to eat.
Mike and I did a lot of research about type 2 diabetes and realized we had to approach what we both eat in a new way if he was to have a chance at diabetes reversal. We cleaned out the refrigerator and the pantry and got rid of most everything in it. We got rid of bread, pasta, rice, all grains, potatoes, canned foods like beans and corn, frozen pizza, spagetti sauce, and fruit juice. We also got rid of all cooking oils and margarine. And we did this together as a family.
Today we eat a low carb diet full of protein, vegetables, and healthy fats. We use only coconut oil, lard, avocado oil, olive oil and butter. Most of our breakfasts include eggs and sometimes turkey sausage. Lunches and dinners are salads or vegetables and a meat. We eat turkey bacon, turkey sausage, ground turkey, bison, beef, chicken, fish, oysters, and clams. We’ve recently added pork loin and bacon to the menu on occasion. (Two years ago, when Mike was first diagnosed, pork products would spike his blood sugar and we stayed away from them.)
A typical days meals might look like this:
Breakfast: 2 eggs sunny side up, 3 strips turkey bacon, 2 cups black decaf coffee (The coffee is first thing in the early morning. The food is at about 10:30 a.m.)
Lunch: Leftovers from the evening meal the night before at about 2:30. This might be Eggplant Parmesan, or a hamburger patty and a handful of mixed salted nuts.
Dinner: A bowl of homemade chili or soup, a lettuce wrap burger, stir fry strips of steak and vegetables, or steak and raw broccoli with ranch dip. He also takes supplements with dinner.
Dessert: Lately Mike’s been treating himself to a ‘Stabilyze‘ bar for low glycemic nutrition we found at Costco in the diabetic section of the pharmacy. His favorite is the Dark Chocolate Thin Mint Cookie. (Usually eaten about 8 p.m. but he stays up till nearly midnight every night.)
History: Early on, Mike tracked his blood sugar readings morning, noon, and night. He got a good idea of how his body was reacting to the carbs he was eating. He found a happy balance and maintained his HbA1c for 15 months at 5.2. He quit taking his blood sugar readings December of 2015 and now monitors it with HbA1c tests every three months. He knows what foods he can eat, and those that he can’t eat.
The information we’ve gleaned from various sources on the web tell us that type 2 diabetes is reversible and we’ve linked to many of those sources in past posts on this blog. We are trying to allow Mike’s liver and pancreas time to heal. We don’t anticipate ever returning to the carb-laden lifestyle we were living before his diagnosis. Along the way, we’ve both found that we don’t get hungry as quickly. When we do get hungry it’s always more gradual. We can go 6 or even 7 hours without food, even though we do try to maintain three meals and a snack each day.
Mike takes nothing for his diabetes. He is totally controlling his condition with the foods he eats.
Mike’s doctor doesn’t understand the normal HbA1c scores Mike’s been receiving. He thought that he would be on diabetes medications by now.
We provide this information to the new diabetic in the hope that some of what we’ve learned and gleaned from others, can be of help and encouragement to you or someone you know.