Wednesday, January 17, 2018

T2 Diagnosis and the 8 week blood sugar diet

I am changing the focus of my blog a little...I am still a Mom, and am still mid-40s (ish...creeping towards the big 50).  I still have little pieces of my brain and heart that would like to have another child...complete with nightly dreams of babies and pregnancy recently.  But, I am just too old at this point.

The focus of my blog is going to be more focussed on my health over the next little while.  Last year, I tipped the scales at 286 pounds. And shortly thereafter I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.  I had gestational diabetes which can lead to full blown T2; if I was aware of that I am not sure it would have changed my eating habits.

My Dr told me about some research she had heard that Dr Jason Fung was doing around Intermittent Fasting as well as Dr Michael Mosley.  Well, I went right out and found Michael Mosley’s website, inhaled everything he said there and bought his book The 8 Week Blood Sugar Diet.

 It is a plan to eat approx 800 calories per day,following a low carb moderate fat Mediterranean approach to eating.  If you follow it, you will lose 10% of your body weight and it will reverse your T2.

I did it and I lost the 10%.  Then I started incorporating sugar and carbs back into my eating...then I went nuts over Christmas and in a few months gained a bunch if the weight back.

So now I am back on track.  I started back on the plan last week Wed. at 266.8lbs. I have modified it a bit.  I mentioned Dr Jason Fung earlier.  I am incorporating intermittent fasting into my approach.

I am eating between 800 and 1200 calories per day. No sugar, no processed carbs. I keep m6 carbs under 40gms per day.  I also follow the 16:8 IF...which means I don’t eat for 16 hours and eat all of my calories in an 8 hour window.

As of today, I am down 6.8lbs.  I feel full, have more energy, sleep better and have less pain in my joints. Th craziest thing is that my resting heart rate has dropped from 74 beats per minute to 66.

I gave seen from past attempts at losing weight I get so focussed on the hear and now if dieting that I forget to focus on the after part.  I will be exploring here how I will maintain my weightloss and renewed health once I hit my goals.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, you have far more self-discipline than I to eat so little every day! Glad to hear that you are finding success with this.

    I also had gestational diabetes, and my blood work shows that I am have been "pre-diabetic" since about a year after my sons were born in 2012. Between that, my own excess weight, and my family history (paternal grandmother had T2 diabetes, and so does my father, though his is diet-controlled), I figure it's only a matter of time before I am diagnosed with T2 diabetes myself.