"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference."
Common analysis of "The Road Less Traveled" by Robert Frost states that the narrator feels remorse for not seeing the other route and contemplates the possibilities of that unseen, popular path.
For the purpose of this blog, this commentary of the alternative, low-carb path to diabetes management, I have no remorse, no wistful remembrances of the other path.
I had traveled the common path of type 1 diabetes management for 12 years and remember it clearly.
It was a series of exhausting blood sugar swings, from low to high, and back again. Every. Day.
For an entire calendar year after I first read the book called The Diabetes Solution by Dr. Richard K. Bernstein MD, I tried and exhausted all the "easy methods" of diabetes management (exercise, losing weight, measuring/careful calculation of all food consumed, and logging all results). I didn't change anything.
I knew that a drastic change in my life was needed. I knew that the book was the only option left.
So I read voraciously about the low-carb approach to diabetes management and was finally confident enough to step off the common path and start walking the alternative route to diabetes management.
The results have been so dramatic and life-changing that we absolutely MUST tell people about this.
My A1c went from 7.1% (157 mg/dL average) to 4.4% (80 mg/dL average) within 4 months, all without frequent low blood sugar levels. My blood sugar levels were steady and I was eating healthy, whole foods.
Dr. Richard K. Bernstein's plan advocates for the consumption of a very low-carbohydrate diet, focused on protein, healthy fats and a limited amount of carbs, derived solely from low-carb (mostly green) vegetables. That means no fruit, no grains, no legumes.
This is all in an effort to control blood glucose levels and keep them as stable as possible, without the huge swings that are common when eating a diet full of carbohydrates.
The problem is that all standard diabetes organizations as well as many doctors and dietitians recommend a high-carb plan for diabetics.
Why do they recommend eating a diet so high in carbohydrates when a diabetic's body cannot process carbohydrates? It's like feeding peanuts to a person with a peanut allergy. It doesn't make sense and, in fact, is very dangerous.
I personally take Dr. B's plan a step further and limit dairy, sweeteners (even natural Stevia) and eggs, due to adverse reactions I've noticed after consuming these items. I eat meat, chicken, fish and lots of vegetables. I snack on limited quantities of walnuts, pistachios, sunflower seeds, almonds and occasionally, cheese. I've been following this plan since January 2015 and for the first time in my 13 years since diagnosis, I finally have a sense of control over my life-threatening disease of Type 1 Diabetes.
It's incredibly empowering and liberating. I no longer feel like diabetes has control of me.
Low-carb eating is sustainable.
Low-carb eating is healthy.
Low-carb eating will help you achieve normal (non-diabetic) blood glucose numbers, which reduces the risk of long-term diabetic complications.
To learn more about Dr. Richard K. Bernstein MD, his personal history with Type 1 diabetes since 1946, his first career as an engineer, and entering med school at the age of 45 to become an endocrinologist, click here.
To learn about the basics of Dr. B's program, see our posts:
To read Dr. Bernstein's book detailing his plan for the the treatment of diabetes and the changes you can make today to attain normal blood glucose levels, buy on Amazon below:
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Lisa La Nasa & the diaVerge Team