Tomorrow, 8/1 … will be my two year primal anniversary.
This is important to me for one reason …
As I went lower and lower carb after my diabetes diagnosis in February 2009 and went fully primal August 1, 2009 I began to tell more and more people about my Successful Self-Treatment of Diabetes.
As I grew in knowledge and experience I began to tell THE WORLD about living a ‘low carb primal’ lifestyle. I expected the Diabetes community to accept me with open arms … I was wrong. Like Dr. Bernstein and others … I was ridiculed, ignored or banned from their sites.
When I was openly confronted by an ADA Minion (typically a Certified Diabetes Educator) their only real main ‘defense’ was this…
“Oh sure… low carb works now but you can’t maintain it. Within a year you’ll be back to eating high carb foods. You are missing nutrients your body needs. “
Last year at my One Year Anniversary … EVEN then some Diabetes Educators were saying,
“It’s true that some people can maintain low carb for a year or more but that’s when many start to fail. Your body starts craving the nutrients you are not feeding it.”
Note: Certified Diabetes Educators were ‘defensive’ and were trying to convince ME that I was harming myself…. I knew differently but imagine what that kind of pressure would do to a confused diabetic who takes drugs and insulin several times a day AND STILL NOT MAINTAINING NORMAL BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS.
… so what will the ADA Minion say now that I have been “low carb primal” for two years?
… moving on…
I thought I’d give an update on ‘where I stand’ …. I have embarked on another lowER fat experiment and here are some statistics on the Eve of my Two Year “primal” anniversary.
lowER Fat Experiment, Round 3 …
I feel like a broken record on this but just to clarify, because it is important….
Historically I have eaten 66% of my calories from fat… and THRIVED!
I love EATING LOW CARB, HIGH FAT! And… I have reaped ALL of the benefits it brings… (improved health and fitness) but there were some longer term goals that I had not achieved AND I love to experiment so I decided to go even higher fat and then lowER fat, click on the links to learn more.
I was not successful in going truly lowER fat this last time … so I’m doing it again.
My fat % goal during Round 3 of lowER fat is sub 50%. Here’s my results through Day 3.
My fat percentage is … 48% … I am FINALLY succeeding at going lowER fat! … it’s still very early. :)
Note: Alcohol - I rarely drink alcohol but I did drink wine last night… that percentage will drop into the 2-3% range. :)
My Primal eXercise
Historically, since the diabetes diagnosis… I workout or exercise strenuously at least 5-6 days a week. But since we adopted a canine companion (Ollie) … I walk 2-3 times a day but my intense eXercise has dropped off. (temporarily)
For the past 17 days I’ve only eXercised intensely 4 times. Three times it was doing Sled Pushes, Tire Flips and Bear Crawls … see below.
Today I was proud of myself, in 52 minutes I did …
- 120 yds of sled pushing
- 120 tire flips … this was exhausting
- 120 yds of bear crawls
Blood Sugar: My overnight fasting blood sugar readings remain sub 100 mg/dl and I am still drug and insulin free. I normally read in the upper 70′s to upper 80′s, yesterday however I read a 95 mg/dl. That is high for me. I have not been sleeping well and I believe that’s the main cause. If you want to see posts of me reading my blood sugar on video and some pics… click HERE.
Body Fat %? = Estimated 15.6%
A long term goal has been to achieve 6-pack abs … I know it’s vanity but as a formerly obese person… I want a six pack…. OK! :)
It’s generally accepted that to have a 6-pack a person needs to reduce their body fat % into the sub 12% range. I can see ‘outlines’ of abs … so I’m getting closer. I’ve told people that I was likely in the 15-20% body fat range… just guessing.
I searched many websites and found this website “Home Body Fat Test” to perform my Body Fat Calculations. A more accurate way to test body fat % is having a trained tech measure using calipers but I believe this is accurate enough … for my purposes. The results can vary widely even using the same calculator depending on where and how you measure.
Here are my ‘inputs’ using the site above.
Weight: 170 (actually 169.5 but it won’t allow decimals)
Body Fat % = 15.6 (other sites had me from 15.2 to 19.6% but asked for less data)
“You have 26.4 Pounds of fat and 143.6 Pounds of lean (muscle, bone, body water).”
Assuming this is true… then I would need to lose 3% to really start to show or about 5 lbs.
If I lost 10 lbs … then I should REALLY start showing … assuming the 10 lbs was fat and very little muscle loss.
… the important thing is NOT to compare with me… but to measure the same way each time you perform this test. That’s assuming you want to reduce body fat.
I am truly … THRIVING …. not ‘just’ surviving.
Here’s the really cool news… YOU CAN TOO!
“it is so simple… but it’s not always easy”