After my diagnosis and return to the conventional Western diet, I was injecting a lot of insulin daily. When I started the Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge and changed my diet to high protein, moderate fat and low carbs, I immediately needed less insulin. After a week or so of this, I decided to see what would happen if I stopped injecting. The answer? My blood glucose levels stayed in the normal range.
After a year or so of this new status quo, my blood sugar levels started creeping up to the point that my HbA1c (or three month blood glucose average) was 7.6. My diabetes nurse recommended metformin, which I have been on for the past six years. My readings since taking metformin have ranged from 6.4 to 7.4 ever since. Not optimal, but not bad either.
One of my reasons for this blog is to keep me honest. I can cheat myself, but I can’t cheat you dear reader. What does that mean? It means that without the blog, I will not be as disciplined as I should be. A bottle of wine (or two!) a week? A couple of bars of dark chocolate? An extra chicken breast? They all add up and result in sub-optimal results for me. Making my paleo journey public means I have to be honest with you dear reader and be more disciplined. Put another way, this blog, I hope, will help me cast off a few of the bad habits I still have, so I can reach that optimal HBA1c level (a sub-5.7).