Ketogenic Diet vs. Low-Fat, Plant-Based, Whole-Food Diet for Type 1 Diabetes: Rebecca’s Story

Ketogenic Diet vs. Low-Fat, Plant-Based, Whole-Food Diet for Type 1 Diabetes: Rebecca’s Story

July 20, 2019 25 By William Morgan


What was so crazy to me is that the results
were immediate.
I mean, literally within days, I
started having to take less and less insulin,
and I was eating more and more carbs.
I feel so
energetic, and I can remember things now,
a lot better.
I have more mental clarity, less mind
fog, I had so much mind fog.
I feel encouraged because my metabolism is
responsive now.
340
my total cholesterol and now it’s 130 something.
My LDL was 227, and now it’s 59.
I would say
my relationship with food has radically improved
because I feel freedom now.
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I got diabetes when I was pregnant, I got
gestational diabetes, and I had it with both
of my boys.
I have two boys, I have five kids now but
I only birth two of them, so I got gestational
diabetes
and then it went away in between both pregnancies,
and they told me that it would most likely
come back way later in life as type two, but
it came back like three months after my second
son
was born.
I woke up one morning and I can hardly see,
I went to the emergency room and my
sugar level was like 500.
Some people said you can eat whatever you
want, just take insulin to cover it.
It was just this big
general “eat whatever you want just dial it
up”, you know.
Then other people, if I was having
trouble maintaining it would say “well, you
know it’s the carbs don’t don’t eat too many
carbs”.
I
never ate fruits, because I thought it was
the enemy to me, so I lived on meat, cheese,
nuts,
hard-boiled eggs, that’s all I ate, and I
tried to keep my carb intake less than 20
grams a day.
That’s what I did every day, less than 20
grams of carbs a day, but my favorite thing
in the world
was a latte and that’s 11, so there you go
I had 9 left for the whole day, you know.
But even
though I was doing that things kept getting
worse, I kept gaining weight, I kept developing
more
odd sensitivities to foods, I was exhausted,
I couldn’t think, I had zero mental clarity,
my A1c
kept going up, I mean and I really thought
I was going to end up having to live on cardboard,
because I had to keep limiting more and more
foods, you know, and everything kept getting
worse.
It was really depressing.
Most of the 16-17 years I didn’t eat any fruit,
and ate mainly animal fats and nuts.
I thought if I’m
only in my early 40s and I am exercising this
much discipline, and things keep getting worse
what is my future going to be like.
It was scary because it wasn’t as if I was
a person who was
just reaping the results of obviously poor
choices, I was doing exactly what the doctors
told me
to do, perfectly almost, you know, I never
veered.
Then I think I was just getting really
discouraged, and I had a friend who, a friend
who went to this doctor, so he started saying
things to me like you need to eat fruit, and
I was thinking no, he said well just try it,
just start
trying to add in more whole foods, more fruit
and see what happens.
Then he told me about
Robby and Cyrus.
Since I had diabetes and he knew they had
type 1 diabetes also, he said
you’ve got to listen to these guys, so I started
listening to everything they did.
I watched the
summit and I was so inspired, between listening
to Robby and Cyrus, listen to every single
one
of those summit talks, and then just trying
it.
What was so crazy to me is that the results
were
immediate.I mean literally within days, days,
you know, I started having to take less and
less
insulin, and I was eating more and more carbs.
A week went by it was ridiculously more carbs,
I
mean it was so fun.
I felt like I had just entered a candy shop
with all that fruit, because a
banana?
I never ate a banana, but I mean bananas are
like the best.
I never let myself feel full
before because I was counting every calorie,
and now I’m stuffed all the time, I mean,
if I don’t
even have to worry about it, I don’t even
have to think about calories.
It’s wonderful, it’s so
freeing.
Now I typically eat for breakfast, I usually
have fruit, a big bowl of fruit some days,
if I’m working
then I make a smoothie, like with spinach
and bananas and sometimes I put raw cacao
in it.
Sometimes, I like to do oats like oatmeal
with water and berries and cinnamon and bananas.
I
try to do a lot of raw honestly, so that’s
breakfast.
Then lunch, I usually try to do a salad with
just
a ton of different vegetables, all kinds of
vegetables, whatever I’ve got in the refrigerator.
Sometimes, I add a grain like quinoa, rice
to it, always beans, I love love beans, I
eat tons
of beans.
I need to have a plate of all kinds of raw
vegetables, it feels kind of like tapas, you
know, just like all kinds of raw vegetables
and hummus, and avocado, salsa.
It’s a lot of raw
vegetables and fruit.
Then I love potatoes, I love to cook some
potatoes and cut those up with
parsley with my evening vegetable plate.
I feel so energetic, and I can remember things
now a lot better.
I have more mental clarity, less
mind fog, I had so much mind fog.
I feel encouraged because my metabolism is
responsive
now.
I feel like I have more influence over how
I feel now, because everything’s responsive
and
working more like it should.
Even eating less than 20 carbs a day, I would
have to take between
18 to 20 units of insulin a day, so when I
started eating a lot more fruit, I was a little
nervous, but
now as I incremental increased my fruit and
vegetables, now I eat probably upwards of
130
carbs a day and I take 13 units of insulin
a day, so it’s crazy the change.
I used to, my
cholesterol was what did I say 340, my total
cholesterol and now it’s 130 something.
My LDL
was 227, and now it’s 59.
I dropped 10 to 15 pounds of weight.
My HbA1c went down from
seven point three to six point one.
This isn’t a matter of six months, I started
changing, I started
experiencing radical change within a couple
days, and then it just kept going.
For the longest
time, I honestly was afraid I was going to
be a beanpole, and I didn’t want to be a beanpole,
and
it did it leveled out and I’m not a beanpole,
it’s good, but for a while I thought.
And then I thought
for a while, maybe I would just be healed
completely of my type 1 diabetes, but not
yet, maybe
soon.
Something else that’s so encouraging is I
get so excited about the nutrients I’m eating
now.
What I think is horrible is to realize that
for 17 years, I virtually ate zero nutrients,
that is both
infuriating and alarming, and it’s so exciting
to realize that every single thing I put in
my mouth
now is doing something positive for my body,
and keeping me healthy.
I still think about food a
lot, because food is really good, but I would
say my relationship with food has radically
improved
because I feel freedom now.
I am living so much more fully now, truly,
it’s so inspiring.
Yes, eat plants!
Eat lots and lots and lots of plants
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