It’s been a little while now but I thought it’s about time I put this on the interwebs. The Paleo diet broke my diabetes control – at least I thought did. And here’s how I fixed it.
For about 3 weeks up till a week a go I just couldn’t control my sugars. Before that, I was doing so well eating the Paleo way, getting great control, feeling full of energy and was really amazed at the results I was achieving – but then something went wrong. It was as if I suddenly became insulin resistant. Post meal readings were completely out of whack, and my correction boluses weren’t working at all, and what puzzled me was that it happened so suddenly.
So obviously I asked Google, which led me to post somewhere (I couldn’t find it at the time of writing this) that basically told me my body had indeed become insulin resistant, and was doing so naturally (not due to T2 dietary reasons) to save any available glucose for my brain. So because I was eating low carb (good veggies), glucose became less readily available than before, and so my body was saving any available glucose for certain cells (like brain & red blood cells) that still require glucose to function properly.
This seemed plausible, that my body was essentially ignoring my insulin doses to save available glucose for my brain. The frustrating thing was I was hovering around 10mmol/180mg all day, and just couldn’t get it down. So I decided to try the “solution” offered in the post – add a ”shock” to your system. Option 1 was to fast, which I did for a 20 hour stint but saw no improvement. This was also recommended by a buddy online, which had experienced a similar phenomena.
The next shock option was to take in excess carbs. The weekend I tried this I happened to be at a wedding, so decided to tuck into the wedding cake. This was my first time eating refined carbs and glucose since January (on my Austrian trip) and through all the dancing and activity I still managed to keep my sugars level! I ate like 4 pieces, but here’s the crazy thing – it worked!
I guess the best explanation for me would be that eating the indulgent wedding cake must have triggered a biological “reset” button, enabled my body to kick into the right gear again. I also noticed a definite improvement when I started hitting the gym again, so this would also have played a role. But in the end I’m really (REALLY) happy to say that I’m back up and running with good control and feeling great on the Paleo diet.
If you’ve had a similar experience please drop me a comment below and let me know how you noticed it, and what you did to get back on track – if you did. I realize what could easily happen going through such an experience, is thinking the Paleo diet just isn’t working. I want to encourage you to read the literature and understand why the Paleo/low carb diet really is key to optimally managing diabetes and your health.
This week I’m off to Phuket for a business/vacation trip and looking forward to pulling some Paleo Macgyver skills while I’m there. I’ll also be posting some pics!