Intermittent Fasting is Diabetes Friendly

Intermittent Fasting is diabetes friendly.  I intermittent fast several times a week most weeks. In this post we’ll discuss…

  • What is Intermittent Fasting?
  • Why Intermittent Fasting is diabetes friendly


Below is a representation of my plate when I intermittent fast. Yes, that’s right… I consume no calories,  I consume no nutrients.
Intermittent Fasting is Diabetes Friendly!


I do not drink any calories or nutrients either. A true ‘fast’ is void of calories and nutrients.  For me, it’s only plain black coffee, water or tea.


Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is simply skipping a meal or two.  Yes, that’s right.  Eating only one or two meals a day is considered intermittent fasting.  Skipping all meals for a day or more is considered fasting.

As noted above, true fasting should be void of any calories or nutrients.  In other words, consuming coffee and cream for breakfast would not be a true intermittent fast.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not against consuming only coffee and cream for breakfast. There are many mornings I only have cream (or other fat in my coffee such as butter or coconut oil), it’s just that a true fast, or a true intermittent fast should be void of any calories or nutrients.


My Intermittent Fasting

I did an intermittent fast today. I went from 6 pm yesterday until 1 pm today, about 19 hours without eating. I skipped breakfast.

I only drank water and black coffee, unsweetened of course. :)


Most mornings I skip breakfast, meaning I intermittent fast the majority of the time… skipping breakfast.

I usually do eat lunch but once a week or so, I’ll skip breakfast and lunch… eating only dinner.  I rarely skip breakfast and lunch on days I lift weights.

Once in a while, I’ll not consume any calories or nutrients for 24+ hours … but that’s rare for me these days, unless I am experimenting.


Planned Fasts

Intermittent Fasting can be planned, I have done this many times in the past especially after several days of eating too much food. I still suffer from gluttony and periodically I need to “reset” my appetite.

Intermittent Fasting really does help me “reset” my appetite and meal plan… so give it a try and see how you like it.



  • If you are a diabetic and just starting “low carb paleo“, I suggest 30 grams of carbs per day to start, reducing carbs even lower if needed to obtain normal blood sugars
  •  If you are a diabetic and you take diabetes drugs and/or insulin… make sure you adjust your drug/insulin usage and check your blood sugar frequently.


Unplanned Intermittent Fasting

This is also called, in the words of Michelle Trevino, “eat when I’m hungry”. :)

I love to tell people to “eat when hungry, when not hungry….don’t eat”.

That’s what unplanned intermittent fasts are…. skipping or delaying a meal when you are not hungry. Humans are not designed to eat three meals a day with snacks between meals and at bedtime.  That’s a Big Food company plan… a plan designed to keep you addicted to grains and sugar.

We are not grazers!! … don’t eat like one. :)


Intermittent Fasting is Diabetes Friendly?

The answer is YES!! 


“Practically everything we’ve learned about eating is wrong.  Diabetics do NOT need to eat high carb, high fiber foods and we should not eat 5-6 meals a day! ”   (as the American Diabetes Ass. and their ADA Minions claim)


Imagine being a Type 2 diabetic, eating 4-6 High Carb Meals per day, imagine how that taxes the ALREADY taxed pancreas?   And by eating a high carb meal plan you make it work hard essentially 24  hours a day.

Or you can eat 1 to  3 low carb meals and have it “rest” most of the day.  When the pancreas does work, it only has to produce a small amount of insulin.


The “ADA WAY”  which causes ever increasing drug and insulin usage? Or a low carb approach which does the opposite… reduces drug and insulin requirements?

Intermittent fasting is diabetes friendly.  Why?  Because removing the dietary fuel for elevated blood sugars will eventually cause your blood sugars to decrease, requiring less insulin, allowing your pancreas to rest.



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4 thoughts on “Intermittent Fasting is Diabetes Friendly”

  1. I do a daily version of intermittent fasting. I eat one or two meals a day and I keep my glucose stable eating very low carb meals. I wish I were taught to eat this way from day 1.

  2. Your explanation of the dawn phenomenon impressed upon me, that eating a morning meal is not necessary.
    I often check my glucose before I break my fast in the afternoon and it is usually between 80 and 90. So , to me eating even one meal a day supports healthy glucose levels with a primal/low carb diet.

  3. Very interesting, there is hope for us in the future! Thanks for the information! :) Edna

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