You know… I could answer this question in a single sentence…
“Cut the carbohydrates, especially the glutenous grains.”
However, I need to throw a rant or two in the mix… so here it goes. :)
If you are a diabetes educator and you were asked this question by a diabetic,
“How do I reduce my high blood sugars?”
… the response from most of the Diabetes Educators would be…. <drum roll>
“Take more diabetes drugs or insulin…. “
Some might say, ‘eat more whole grains’ , ‘eat less saturated fats’.
Unfortunately, that’s the opposite of what you should do!!!
According to the “North Carolina Board of Dietetics and Nutritionists”, I can not answer that question if I am asked, even though I successfully self treat my diabetes through diet and exercise.
Why can I not exercise my freedom of speech? … because I am not a licensed nutritionist or dietetic.
I do not heed the nutritional advice of the North Carolina Board of Dietetics and Nutritionists… so I am sure as hell not going to heed their constitutional opinion regarding free speech.
Therefore … I am going to share my answer to that question as well as a few other comments I’ve made recently…. even though I will be ‘breaking the law’…. who knows, it may save a toe, an eye… maybe even a life.
Note: Here is my disclaimer at the bottom of each page on the blog … :)
I am not a doctor, dietitian nor nutritionist… in fact I have no medical training of any kind. If I can figure this out so should they… if it wasn’t for their …
A) Intellectual Laziness
B) Willful ignorance
D) All of the Above
Note 1: Keep in mind, as you eat lower carbs, you will need to adjust drugs and insulin requirements.
Note 2: As you reach Ketosis, you will again need to pay special attention to your carb to insulin ratios and watch blood sugars closely. (Here is a post on Ketosis, I don’t measure often, but every time I measure I am in Ketosis)
Note 3: I rant against a ‘drug first’ diabetes treatment plan … and rightly so in my opinion. However, proper blood sugar control is THE key. IF you need drugs or insulin to control your blood sugars… DO IT!
How to Reduce High Blood Sugars?
“Blood Sugar Control is THE key to long life…. especially for a diabetic.”
Cut the CARBS … ONLY eat meats, fats and leafy green vegetables.
I typically eat between 20-30g of Total Carbs. I primarily eat meats, fats and leafy veggies. Fats being primarily animal fats (including butter) and coconut oil.
Occasionally I’ll eat a few nuts but it’s rare.
Occasionally I’ll eat fruit … like tomato in chili or a handful of blueberries … but it’s rare.
** I do NOT recommend that YOU eat any nuts nor fruits until you have normal blood sugars and preferrably drug and insulin free. (obviously type 1′s will require insulin)
It really is simple, don’t over complicate it, Sometimes we over complicate things so we can use it as an excuse, do not do it!
… just eat animal products, coconut oil and leaf veggies. By the way, meats = any animal products and include eggs, poultry, fish etc etc.
Reached a Blood Sugar Plateau?
Twice now I have experimented with “fat fasts”. I always eat what most would could consider a high fat diet, typically in the 65% range of calories from fat. Here is the first, “Coconut Oil Fast” and the 2nd, “Fat Fast Intro“.
IF you want to reduce blood sugars more quickly … it’s very simple, reduce the carbohydrates and protein. A diet that is almost all fat will cause a drop in blood sugars, no doubt about it. (obviously Type 1′s have a more complicated formula)
HOWEVER … the alerts above concerning monitoring and adjusting drugs and insulin requirements are EVEN more important if you eat an ‘almost all fat’ diet. Additionally, I do not recommend sticking to this plan more than a couple of days.
… I am a fan and believer in MEAT! :)
The common thread through most … if not all of my posts, EAT LESS CARBS!
If you want to reduce blood sugars, reduce carbs and if needed reduce the protein.
Why listen to me? I’m just a type 2 diabetic successfully self treating diabetes with normal blood sugars… drug and insulin free. :)