Moderation => Frustration
Lots of talk about diet and everything in moderation is ok. I need help in understanding this. To me it is like saying I will take a moderate risk with my diabetes. Now that you have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes trying to eat all things in moderation only leads to frustration. You will never be able to eat the things you loved to eat in the past without increasing medications or having to inject large amounts of insulin to cover your meal and keep your glucose levels in a normal range. Normal range, that’s the key here. If you are ok with abnormal glucose levels, then there really isn’t a problem. Glucose levels above 140, 7.8 for any length of time harm soft tissue with in your body. You want to try and keep your glucose levels below these limits at all times, your risking complications if you do otherwise. Being a Type 2 with insulin resistance means your food choices before being diagnosed were that of a high carb nature. It is not by coincidence that we were all carboholics before being diagnosed. Your body was starving because the glucose insulin mix was not getting into your cells to provide energy. This set up your body sending signals to your brain to eat something with glucose, carbohydrates, that’s easily digestible. Your brain then rewarded you for this by releasing serotonin creating a dependency on carbohydrates. Your body still cannot use the insulin glucose mix as energy well so it uses it to make fat, while still sending signals to your brain your starving eat something carby. This results in rapid weight gain mostly around the middle part of your body. There is however a population of thin Type 2’s that develop insulin resistance with in their organs, about 20% of the total diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. The only way to break free of this vicious cycle is to reduce your dependency on glucose by reducing your carbohydrate consumption. If you are still trying to eat everything in moderation your glucose levels are still fluctuating, you are seldom satisfied after a meal, and you are going to make yourself frustrated with this disease. There are thousands of recipes out there for almost any type of food you want to eat that would be acceptable for a low carb lifestyle. Your will find your cravings vanish, your desire to make replicas of your favorite foods diminish as well. You will lose weight, regulate your glucose levels, your cholesterol levels, and minimize your medications and or insulin dosages.