I Do That!
I can’t tell you how many times, I hear the response “I do that!” when I discuss how I got my diabetes under control with people who don’t have their diabetes under control, so what is the problem?
Okay, so WARNING … what I am about to tell you might be harsh, but unless you have Type 1 diabetes, it’s the truth.
NO, YOU AREN’T!
Sorry, I have talked to a lot of people, and this is typically how it goes…
Testing is not Understanding
I tell them how I monitored my glucose every hour for several days to graph out and understand my glucose curve, they then respond with, “I do that,” and tell me how they check their glucose three times a day and are utterly baffled at how much it changes from day to day. Many time, they even record their three readings and can show the history.
In my kindest and gentlest way, I have to explain to them that three times a day, is not once an hour. I know, this seems obvious unless you are only awake for three hours each day, but some people equate the average three times a day as a method for understanding their glucose curve. THIS DOESN’T WORK. You MUST measure every hour, every two hours at the least. You need lots of data points and information to draw any real conclusions.
Healthy is not Always Diabetic Healthy
Next I tell people how I changed my eating habits to three meals between 30 and 60 grams of carbohydrates and two snacks around 15 grams of carbs per day, and they respond with “I do that”, and they tell me how they eat “healthy” having lots of fruits and nuts with foods that are sugar-free.
As I talked about in my article Getting Started (Keep It Simple) “healthy” for normal people does not mean that it’s “healthy” for diabetics. In this article, I break down a typical “healthy” snack … an apple and a handful of Almonds. Seems good, right? NOT, that snack is nearly 45 grams of carbohydrates, three times my target.
What I didn’t share in this article was the rest of this person’s meals. Breakfast, three egg omelet with meat and cheese, a bowl of fruit, one slice of toast with butter and jelly, was about 85 grams of carbohydrates, well over the large meal limit. Dinner was fish, green bean salad, sweet potato, and sugar-free apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side; which is about 150 grams of carbohydrates, more than double the large meal limit. This didn’t include his lunch and two snacks he was eating, which added up to three times the total amount of carbohydrates goal.
After some were explaining the kindest and gentlest way that I can, most people understand what I say, but some still contend that they are doing what I Do, and are not seeing the same results. I don’t profess to understand everything about Type 2 Diabetes, and I am indeed not a medical professional.
I am merely a Type 2 Diabetic that has reversed his diabetes. If you want to do the same, then REALLY Do as I Do and you will see the results. You may not see the same results, but you should see results.
If you want to ask me any questions or want to coach on what you should be doing, please comment below and let’s get connected.