I’ve been on my low carb and betterment journey for the last year and a half. It hasn’t always been easy, and I didn’t “quit” carbs cold turkey; it has been a process. A process that I have finally completed and am now sustaining. For the first time, I can finally say that I am happy with my care, and I am happy with my food lifestyle.
As I mentioned, my journey with low carb isn’t new. When I discovered other type 1 diabetics on instagram eating low carb and saw their results, I knew I wanted in. I started seeing Dr. Bernstein’s book, Diabetes Solution, all over. So I bought the book and dove in head first without looking back. About half a year later, I learned about Bright Spots & Landmines by Adam Brown. I learned to incorporate both approaches to diabetes care. For anyone unfamiliar with either, Dr. Bernstein’s book is medically written, but easy to understand (he’s a T1 who earned his medical degree), focuses on a low carb lifestyle (30g carbs/day), and how to normalize blood sugars. Bright Spots & Landmines makes a perfect pair when implemented together. BS&L is focused on positivity, doing what works, and avoiding what doesn’t, and how to spot either case.
Enough about books.
The case for low carb was and still is clear for me. Now my own data proves it. And this study is also a fantastic source.
I have finally been able to reach an A1C that I never once imagined I could achieve: 5.2%. The best thing about it, I still feel like I can improve – and not even in an obsessive way. I made a few mistakes the past few months that I now know how to avoid. I can only see added improvement.
I do not feel deprived, I do not feel cheated on not eating sugary foods, I do not feel like I’m on the verge of binge eating.
Those are the common misconceptions of a low carb lifestyle. And that’s exactly what they are, misconceptions. Because the truth is, I still eat delicious foods. I eat healthy non-starch veggies, lots of protein, and a bit of fat. I still have treats, I just make them myself with sugar alcohols that don’t raise blood sugar, like erythritol. I am not cheating myself out of anything. Actually it’s the opposite. I am thriving.
Just like Dr. Bernstein educates, I believe that I can achieve normal blood sugars. I believe it for all diabetic types.
I didn’t dive into the HOW of how I achieved my results. I will share what you want to know. So:
What questions, concerns, or comments do you have about low carb?
UPDATE: I’ve since answered your questions in THIS blog post!
P.S. I’ve written about low carb before, see this post that covers a bit of what I eat. It could use an update, so let me know if you’d like me to add more about what I actually eat.
P.S.S. Here’s some data. Because data is my best friend.
Sensor data. There are two data points that I pay attention to on a dialy basis. Average SG (Sensor Glucose), and deviation. The Avererage SG and deviation are represented on the same line, Average SG is represented first, and the plus/minus is the deviation. Deviation is an extremely great indicator of control. It represents blood sugar fluctuation. The smaller the number, the better control. I am for under 20mg/dl, so I haven’t reached my goal yet.