Saturday, September 23, 2017

DAY 4: 800 CAL DIET TO PUT DIABETES T2 INTO REMISSION WITH REAL FOOD

Today the rush of water slowed and I did not lose any weight.  I am drinking more water between meals, as well.  In the afternoon, I have two cups of coffee, sweetened with stevia, and 1/4cup half and half.  The numbers on that are balanced, if somewhat fatty, and if that coffee combination is over on calories, I cut back on something else.  Gotta have my coffee.

That aside, here is where the real work of dieting begins.  After that initial first week of rapid weight loss, followed by a pause, that is your body telling you the liver has just about finished flushing glucose and what you are going for now is consistent weight loss from week to week.

Here are my stats for the day:

FBS down to 156 !  Weight165.2  Fat Percent still 40.2%

And here is another 800 calorie menu with real food:  You get the pattern!

BREAKFAST:  1/2 Slim-Fast Shake

LUNCH:  1 cup Hormel Roast Beef Au Jus, Mission Carb Control Tortilla, romaine, Dole Sugar Free Mandarin Orange Cup

DINNER:  1 cup Campbell's Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, salad, 1/2 cup sugar free jello pudding, any flavor

Total Calories: 792, Total Fat 34 gm, Total Carbs 71 gm, Total Fiber 18gm, Net Carbs 53

Plug away at it, good so far.

Friday, September 22, 2017

DAY 3: 800 CAL DIET TO PUT DIABETES T2 INTO REMISSION WITH REAL FOOD

The weight is coming off nicely, but my fasting is still shooting way up, so I took 10 units of insulin this morning to bring it down for the day.  I  don't know if I am making enough insulin, but I suspect that as the diet goes on to the end, my pancreas will be making more.  I will be grateful to get the rest of the weight off, even if I have to continue to take a little insulin. I have lost 4.5 pounds since Day 1.  Of course, this is water,and as you can see, my body fat percentage is the same.  I suspect that as that goes down, so will my fasting.  Here are my stats today:


FBS 180  Weight 165.4  Fat % 40.2

Day 3 menu:

BREAKFAST: Half a Slim-fast shake, no carbs in the morning for diabetics due to morning liver dump.

LUNCH:  Mission Carb Balance Tortilla,  1/2 cup Marketside Tuna Salad, romaine, 1 dried apricot

SUPPER:  1 cup Alessi split pea soup, salad, and 1/2 Slim-fast Protein Drink

Total Calories:  796,  Total Fat 47 gm,  Total Carbs 58, Fiber 24, Net Carbs 34

I was a little hungry in the morning, as usual, and a little as I went to sleep.  Nothing I could not handle, and I was satiated the rest of the day.  Again, enough protein makes this diet work.  It is a balanced protein and carb diet, protein greater than or equal to carbs, within 10 grams.

By now you see the pattern:  protein only in the morning, high fiber wrap with protein, romaine lettuce and small fruit for lunch, and soup with salad for dinner, and a small 10-carb dessert when calories allow.  Not much, but satisfying because it has enough protein and fiber. Use non-starchy vegetables for your salad, and lite dressings, limited to 2 tbs.

If you are expert at using dieting software, substitute what you want, but you need 40-50 gm protein
daily for satiety and around 20-25 gm fiber.  Use Slim-fast protein drinks (they have fiber) to boost protein;  and use 1/2 Slim-fast protein drink for breakfast.  This makes mornings a little tough, but you can eat an early lunch if you need to.  I try to have an early supper, and go to sleep to escape any hunger at night.  But satiety is just fine from lunch on. Just be sure to make food composition (fat, protein, and carbs and fiber) roughly the same as mine, and be sure to come in below or at 800 calories.

DO NOT SUBSTITUTE ANYTHING IF YOU ARE NOT USED TO DEALING WITH FOOD COMPOSITION AND MEETING CALORIE REQUIREMENTS, OR IF YOU DON'T USE DIETING SOFTWARE.  OF COURSE, YOU CAN SUBSTITUTE ANY DAY FOR ANY OTHER DAY, WITHOUT USING SOFTWARE.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

DAY 2: 800 CALORIE DIET TO PUT DIABETES T2 INTO REMISSION WITH REAL FOOD

My stats this morning, after day 1

Weight 167.2  FBS 156  FAT% 39.9

I have lost weight (2.7 lbs) but my fasting has gone up.  I am not freaking out, because that would indicate I am not making enough insulin to metabolize 800 calories.  But I will continue the test and accept the results for the entire 8 weeks.  It could be that I had residual insulin in my system the first day.  I will drink ginger tea, take reishi mushroom,  and put gardenia essential oil on my wrists.  All of these lower blood sugar.  I will measure again in an hour and take a small walk before I eat this AM.  It could be the glycemic index on something I ate yesterday, or my meter could be wrong.  Will test again right before breakfast.

After further thought, I realized that my liver, which is the second most important organ in blood sugar readings, could have figured I am starving at 800 calories per day, so it just released whatever glucose was there in the liver after day 1.  Since I am not a doctor, these are just my musings.

It could also be that my natural fasting will improve greatly over the next two months.  Time will tell.
It is also true that my post-prandial high yesterday was 157, which is very good..

Here is the menu for the day:

BREAKFAST:  Half a Slim Fast protein drink.

LUNCH: Mission Carb Balance tortilla, light mayo, 2 oz turkey, 2 pc bacon, romaine, mandarin orange

DINNER:  1 cup 15-bean soup, half a Slim-Fast protein drink, salad, and half an Init Bar

Total Calories: 785,  Fat 24 gm,  Carbs 80 gm,  Protein 61 gm,  Fiber 36 gm , Net Carbs 44 gm

Init Bars are available at Amazon.com

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

DAY 1: 800 CALORIE DIABETES T2 REMISSION DIET USING REAL FOOD

The original research had a menu that did not rely on real food, only 200 calories of non starchy vegetables.  The rest was protein drinks.  I can only imagine how the patients felt after two months of that.

This 800 calorie diet uses real food.  Protein drinks are used as necessary to boost protein.
Use zero-calorie drinks, black coffee, unsweet tea as you will.

NOTE:  NO EXERCISE WITH THIS DIET.  THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH CALORIES.
DRINK A LOT OF WATER - YOU NEED IT TO FLUSH TOXINS RELEASED FROM FAT. AGAIN, WORK WITH YOUR DOCTOR TO REDUCE DIABETIC MEDICATIONS AS NEEDED.  THIS DIET IS TO BE DONE ONLY FOR 8 WEEKS.  IT IS AN INTERVENTION THAT COULD PUT DIABETES INTO REMISSION.


Here are my stats going in:

Weight 169.9  Fat Percent 39 %  FBS 156  Last A1C 7.5


BREAKFAST:  Half a Slim-Fast Shake - protein only in morning for diabetics

LUNCH: Mission Carb Balance Tortilla, 1/4 cup Marketside Chicken Salad, romaine, apple

DINNER:  1/2 Slim-fast Protein Drink, 1 cup Soup, salad, 10-carb dessert (1/2 cup sugar-free Jello pudding)

Total calories: 774  Total fat 35 gm, Total Carbs 78 gm, Total Protein 46 gm, Fiber 25 gm
 Net Carbs: 53

You must find Mission Carb Balance 6 gm carbs tortillas to work with this diet...fiber is essential, even on just a few calories.  Other low carb tortillas do not have as much fiber, or as much protein and as few carbs.  These are found at Krogers, Walmart, and many other stores.  You will be using them every day for lunch as a wrap around protein.  They have 7 gm protein on their own, plus 11 gm fiber.

Marketside Chicken Salad is available at Walmart.  Alessi Split Pea Soup is found at grocers.

I was a little hungry in the morning, but not hungry after lunch and dinner.  Adequate protein prevents hunger.

I use Calorieking software for my daily totals.  Any good software for dieting will do.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

800 CAL DIET TO PUT DIABETES T2 INTO REMISSION WITH REAL FOOD

Carlos Cervantes used to suffer from severe diabetes. His low point was 2011, when he had a heart attack, his kidneys started failing him and he was facing a foot amputation because of a toe-to-ankle ulcer. ‘I had pretty much figured that my time was up,’ he says.
Then he stumbled on a news clip about a study at Newcastle University. In it all 11 subjects had their type-2 diabetes reversed after following a very low-calorie diet — that is, just 600 calories a day for eight weeks. So Cervantes gave the diet a try. His blood sugar dropped to a normal level, his symptoms vanished and he was returned to good health.
The mechanism is simple. Type-2 diabetes is caused by a build-up of fat stopping the pancreas from producing the insulin we need. Restricting calories to a very low level means we can burn off this fat, allowing the pancreas to start working normally again.*

Cervantes’s success story is one of many. Professor Roy Taylor, who led the Newcastle trial, says ‘over 100’ people around the world have contacted him to say they have tried the diet and got rid of their own type-2 diabetes.

THIS DIET TERMINATES AFTER 8 WEEKS.  IT IS NOT A SUSTAINABLE LONG TERM DIET.  IT IS MORE LIKE A MEDICAL INTERVENTION, TARGETED TO T2 DIABETES.

My own story is different.  I lost 125 pounds, and I am still diabetic.  Now I know the reason:  fat in the pancreas and liver creates insulin resistance and high glucose.  So, in the next 56 days, I will go on what is called the Newcastle diet.

I have a good track record.  I lost 125 pounds in a year, at 1200 calories, low fat, and balanced protein and carb.  Now I want to do the same with a 800 calorie diet.  Note, the new limits after the initial study are 800 calories.  The 600 calorie diet was too strenuous for some people, so the research team raised the calories to 800, and got results that were the same.

What I learned on the previous diet is that if you have adequate protein, you are not hungry on reduced calories.  As you can see from the menu plans I will post daily, I am using real food in a balanced 800 calorie diet.

Each day I will post my menu for the day, broken down into calories, fat, protein and carbs, including fiber, which is important.  I will also post my fasting blood glucose for the day, the post-prandial high for the day, my weight and fat percent.  You (and I) will be able to see first hand on a daily basis how all these numbers are improving.

Not everyone will put their diabetes into remission.  If you are still making insulin (get a C-peptide test) it should work for you if you are making insulin in the normal range.  Another way to judge if you are still making insulin is to watch your fasting blood glucose on the diet day-to-day.  It will be falling if you are making insulin.  Needless to say, reduce your diabetic medications with your doctor.

Stay tuned on a daily basis, as I will be presenting the meal plans each day.  This is with ordinary American Food, with the addition of Slim-Fast protein drinks as needed to bring up daily protein to 40 - 50 grams, which will mean you won't get hungry.  Talk with your doctor and use my meal plans to achieve diabetes  T2 remission, and again, this is if you are still making insulin.

DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS DIET IF YOU ARE MORBIDLY OBESE.  PLEASE TALK WITH YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT LOSING WEIGHT.

*Very low calorie diet and 6 months of weight stability in Type 2 diabetes: Pathophysiologic changes in responders and non-responders. Sarah Steven, Keiren G Hollingsworth, Ahmad Al-Mrabeh, Leah Avery, Benjamin Aribisala, Muriel Caslake, Roy Taylor.
Diabetes Care. Doi: 10.2337/dc15-9422

Monday, June 6, 2016

CHERRY YOGURT AND PROTEIN CEREAL


This combination is great for a second breakfast, or any time you want a light meal.  I use Yoplait Greek 100 yogurt because of all the yogurts, it has the least sugar.

3/4 cup Special K Protein Cereal
1 container Yoplait Greek 100 Black Cherry Variety

Fat: 1 gm, Carbs 27 gm, Protein 21 gm, Fiber 3 gm, Cal 220

I feel like a kid again eating this, but now I know that because it is balanced protein and carb, it will not devastate my blood sugar as plain cereal would.  Enjoy!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

BEEF MARINARA SQUASH WRAP

This was a sudden inspiration that hits my numbers pretty well, low fat and balanced protein and carb.  And it has all the tastes you love about beef, marinara, and spaghetti, just using squash, which makes it a little crunchy.   MMMMMMMMMMMMM.

BEEF MARINARA SQUASH WRAP  makes 8 servings

1 lb diet lean hamburger, cooked
1 jar Ragu Chunky Garden Combination Marinara
2 cups cooked spaghetti squash
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
8 Mission Low Carb Tortilla, soft taco size

Cook squash and remove seeds.  Pull out of skin and set aside.  Cook 1 lb hamburger meat.  Add jar of Ragu and Parmesan cheese.  Add 1/4 c squash per tortilla. Spoon hot mixture into 8 tortillas, or just use a little of the mixture and store for later.

Fat 16 gm, Carbs 40, Fiber 14 gm, Protein 26 gm  Calories 409