You really have to read the book in order to understand why the ADA and Endos chose certain positions, and in any case, you should not go low carb suddenly if you are on medication or insulin. I’m not on insulin or medication, so I could go as low carb as I wanted right away. You should join the Bernstein group if you are interested because there are already people who have given advice on adjusting insulin, etc. I’ve read that you can read his book online, but don’t have a link to offer you. His book is usually on the shelf.
In a nut shell, I eat <30g of carb a day, ho fruit (take vitamins), and limit my vegetables to only low carb ones. For dinner, tonight, I had a turkey wing, a flaxmeal muffin, and a few nuts. I haven’t eaten a slice of bread, a potato, pizza, pasta or even ketchup in over two years, and it works. I do use dairy, but only heavy cream and full fat yogurt. I try to eat only protein for breakfast, exercise at night, and snack on sunflower seeds. However, those on insulin have to gradually decrease their insulin, I think.
I strongly suggest that you at least, read Berstein’s book, because it is so full of information that I keep it as a reference book. I’ve kept this up for over two years because I had some savvy people suggest that this was the way to go. After awhile, you lose your cravings for carbs. I cook full meals for a family of four, and don’t eat the parts that are bad for me. Anyway, he goes into great detail about things like don’t exercise within four hours of awakening, which makes perfect sense to me because that is when your cortisol is the highest. It just works for me.
I told my Endo what path I wanted to take, and he is ok with it as long as my numbers remain ok. My last fasting glucose was 87.
I have been so busy the past two years, that I haven’t explored all of the low carb cooking information that is out there and to date, have kind of been winging it by employing things that are discussed on the group forum like using leeks or chives to substitute for onions, red peppers to substitute for tomato, etc. I have quart sized mason jars full of nuts and seeds.
I have a dear friend who has been diabetic for 20 years and was not following a low carb plan. The damage of diabetes is showing up, and he has become interested in what I’m saying. In fact, his new doc is telling him the same things that I am. I just survived a serious illness, Cushing’s, and I’m intent on staying well. This is a really hard path to follow for some, especially, since there is no end in sight, but I only care that it works. That’s where I’m coming from. There was nothing I could do to make my Cushing’s better other than surgery.
Oh, and I didn’t scrimp on myself. I joined a full service health club down the street because the monthy dues are cheaper than a perscription. I’m 57yo and do Zumba, and Hip Hop (in the front row) at the health club and take a ballet class at a studio. I’ve dropped 20 pounds and all my labs like cholesterol, etc, are excellent. I need to go back to lifting weights, but I have a lot on my plate at home, now. I am recovering from myopathy and have arthritis that is pretty painful, but whatagointodo? The exercise is the only thing that will keep me ok.
I don’t think that you have to join the group in order to read the Bernstein posts.