I started October 1, 2014 Weighing 246 pounds. It really worked at the beginning. I lost 10 pounds during the fist 2 weeks and started feeling better. My blood sugar readings were a little better but not enough to lower insulin yet. I did LCHF for the next 3 months never cheating, never going over 20-25 grams of carbs a day. But I was gaining and losing the same 5 pounds. My blood sugar numbers were better than they had even been but still not below 150 for fasting an 180 throughout the day.
I followed all the Low Carb Pages and Forums I could. Sadly there is a lot of misinformation out there on the subject. I remember posting about my struggles and asking if there were any other diabetics having the same issues. it was then that someone suggested I look up Steve Cooksey’s Facebook page talk to him. That was in the Beginning of January 2015.
Here’s where the story gets good! I began to read all the files and posts on Steve’s webpage. It immediately became clear what I was doing wrong. I was still stuck in the notion that I had to eat every 3-4 hours and have 3 squares a day plus snacks. Wrong!
I also started reading about Steve’s journey with Paleo/Primal diet. I realized that although I had cut out the carbs and was eating better I had been eating a lot of processed low carb foods and too much Artificial Sweeteners. I was having a blast cooking with all the low-carb food items. I also realized I was not eating enough FAT!!!
When I started eating and preparing simple REAL Low Carb Foods something wonderful happened! My blood sugar numbers started to drop and so went my insulin. My brother is a Pharmacist so I consulted him about how to decrease my insulin. I saw my doctor in mid January and she was ecstatic that I had lost some weight. I told her I had decreased my insulin and she was fine with it and trusted that I was watching my numbers. She ordered blood work but I asked her to wait for three more months so I could give this way of eating more time to be reflected in the tests. Sadly she said she never heard of a Ketogenic Diet, LCHF, or a paleo meal plan.
By the end of March 2015, I was completely of Insulin!! My blood sugar numbers were better than ever and I had lost 22 pound total!
Next trip to the doctors for blood work results were amazing!!! Good cholesterol went up, triglycerides down. But the best part was my A1C1, I went from 8.9 to 5.1!!!! the lowest I ever had!!!
I started to decrease my meds with my doctor’s blessing. I continue to struggle with my morning BG readings which were still in the 110’s but daytime readings are always below 90. I think as my weight continues to drop so will that number. I joined a gym but found I like my hiking workouts better. When I got in a stall for about a month ago I tried intermittent fasting and Boom! Started losing again!
I am now happy to announce that as of today I am one week with no Diabetes medications, no insulin and happy my weight is at 210…the lowest since 1999!
I also have stopped my Cylexa to treat my Fybromialga. My excema has all cleared up and my Acid Relux/GERD is improving!!
I have followed all of Steve’s advice and really do credit him for my success!!! I was lucky to have met him online! I bought his book too!! Really makes things simple!! I still collect and save a lot of the LCHF recipes as kind of a hobby of sorts but I really don’t feel the need to eat anything else but the basics. Simple meals, real foods! Lots of Coconut Oil!!
Wow! What a powerful story!!! Thank you so much Christina for sharing!
Nothing I can add but I will mention a couple of things just to highlight them.
People come to me who say they are low-carb or paleo … but they do not have the success that I am having. It’s because they do not eat according to this meal plan.
“When I started eating and preparing simple REAL Low Carb Foods something wonderful happened! My blood sugar numbers started to drop and so went my insulin.”
Powerful words above. Eating low carb is good but eating low carb combined with real foods is THE key to reducing blood sugar and therefore insulin requirements.
She lost weight, reduced blood sugars and eventually weaned off of drugs AND insulin… all this with normal blood sugars. If you are suffering from elevated blood sugars, this could be you!
Congrats to YOU Christina and thanks again for sharing.