Having diabetes is relatively new in my life. I got my diagnosis as a 30th birthday present. I was literally admitted the day before. One of the pluses (and there are relatively few of those) is that you become very body aware, as in your gain an acctute understanding of how the body functions as a machine. Sometimes it can be like being a walking chemistry set – so we put this chemical (meal) in and see what happens….
The other thing I became acutely aware of is how much other people think they know what it is you should and shouldn’t be doing. Hand up if you have heard the phrase ” should you be eating that?” more times that you can count. Sometimes I want to scream yes because I know the exact carbohydrate content of my total meal consumption today, can you say the same Mrs Normal Functioning Pancreas. However so far I have managed to restrain myself.
Since I have been turning more to the paleo diet I have people asking ” should you be doing that?” and ” don’t you need more carbs”. Its like they are freakin experts of diabetic health. I am a fully grown adult who has more awareness of her body then the average human thank you very much. Turning paleo is basically about relearning to eat and that takes some training diabetes or not. You have to retrain shopping, eating and cooking habits not to mention controlling the impulses to eat, well crap that’s no good for you. Here are so tips to help with turning paleo and that you can bring forth as good ammunition for the interfering people and their annoying questions.
- CONSULT AND INFORM YOUR DIABETIC MEDICAL TEAM
They are there to help, btw they won’t like the idea (so go prepare with information to the consultation) but get them to come on board, it does help.
Seriously don’t try and go paleo overnight. YOu will crash and burn. Start with breakfast and do that for a while before progressing to lunch and dinner. I have been doing this for nearly a year and I am still only 80% right now. And as a diabetic we do need some carbs so we never really be 100% paleo.
- KNOW HOW MUCH INSULIN YOU NEED
Going paleo will lower your blood sugar levels. BUt you need to know exactly how quickly your body will burn off say a banana and how much insulin you will need for a banana when say training or sitting in the office. Keep a tight record during the first months and consult with your medical team as you might need to adjust your background insulin after a period of 2 months.
- CHECK BLOODSUGARS MORE OFTEN
For the first 3 to 6 month check more regularly.
Low blood sugars will increase as you remove carbohydrates from your diet. So keep an eye out for low blood sugars and keep the glucose tablet on hand.
As diabetics we do sometimes need it, so have some in the house. I have crisp bread like ryvita in the house. I discovered that I was getting low blood sugars after lunch so I added yoghurt to my pack lunch and no more low blood sugars.
Ok we all hate it but a structured and repetitive diet keeps blood sugars level and insulin usage easy.
- ITS OK TO SLIP UP OR TAKE A NIGHT OFF
Seriously chillax, you can eat out, or eat something you wouldn’t usually- Everyone deserves a break. And to be honest after a while you won’t feel like it. I wish however I could cure myself of the desire for salt and vinegar crisps
MY DAILY MEAL PLAN
Breakfast : Homemade smoothie 200 ml
= 22.6 g carbohydrate
Lunch: Paleo bread with pate, apple, banana, 200ml yoghurt, paleo cookie.
= 40g carbohydrate
= 10g/20g carbohydrate
Dinner: Paleo soup and fruit
= 10g/20g carbohydrate
ToTal daily CArbs = 82.6g / 102-6g
REMEMBER YOUR BODY YOUR RULES 😀