Category: Beautiful Health
Low Carb Diet
Are you hungry all the time?
Low Carbohydrate Diet: prevent/reverse common medical illnesses.
As we discussed, insulin resistance contributes to a myriad of symptoms and adverse health effects. In addition to diabetes and the complications of diabetes, insulin excess contributes to weight gain, depression, fatigue (tired all the time), high cholesterol, hypertension (high blood pressure), hardening of the arteries, fluid retention, and subsequently strokes and heart-attacks. Our current medications are designed to deal with the consequences of excess insulin, but not the underlying cause. Actually, our current standard treatment for diabetes *IS* supplemental insulin injections (when the oral medications are ineffective). This excess insulin does serve to lower the blood sugar level (treats the symptom), but the unintended consequences are the many ill effects. This is a case where the treatment…is the problem. But without the treatment, the problems are even worse.
So we suggested a low carbohydrate diet as a likely prevention to diabetes. It’s only logical that cutting back on sugar will serve to lower insulin levels…and lower insulin levels means less insulin resistance. Less insulin resistance means that the symptoms of hyperinsulinemia (high insulin levels) diminish. So that means that you lose weight, have more energy, are less hungry, your cholesterol profile improves, your blood pressure normalizes, and your risk for heart attacks and strokes are decreased.
It is important to continue taking your medications, and in conjunction with your physician try alternative treatment options – especially if you already have diabetes (or another diagnosis due to hyperinsulinemia).
So how do you begin this new lifestyle? A low(er) carb lifestyle.
First, it’s important to realize this is a life-style modification. That means that this should not be something you do just for a little while. Understand the pros/cons of the diet. There are many online resources that demonstrate the efficacy and safety of a low carb lifestyle. Drs. Eades’ Protein Power is an excellent resource with extensive scientific bibliography for interested parties. After reviewing his books and website, in conjunction with my own independent research, it’s completely logical to me that a low carb diet is better for humans. And many of our current health maladies are directly linked to our overindulgence in sugars.
There are a few books published on low carb diets that are fantastic such as Protein Power, and The New Atkins For a New You. It’s important to read one of these books so you’ll do the diet correctly. So many people think Atkins is just steak and eggs for the rest of your life…and when they get fed up with that, they quit. Also, there are health considerations if you do the diet incorrectly. To avoid problems and failure, it’s a good idea to acquaint yourself with the logistics of the diet. Discussed in the books are vegetarian options, menus, recipes, carb counting tips, and scientific support and bibliography for your review and consideration.
After making the educated decision to pursue this change, and familiarize yourself with diet, I recommend enlisting support from your family. It’s always easier to eat better when everyone in the family is committed to health.
Find a few staple foods that you can eat when time is tight – and have an ample supply in your home. Chicken, turkey breast, turkey deli meat, cheese, and nuts are okay. Keep “sweet” things, out of the house. Limit breads and pasta in the house. When you eat out choose meats without sauces. Limit fruits. Drink plenty of water. Coffee and wine are okay. Remember lemons *do* have some carbs. Take a multivitamin.
The first 7-10 days are the most difficult. Just finding “acceptable” foods, and dealing with bad breath, nausea and fatigue makes the diet difficult at first. The great thing that keeps you motivated is the weight loss, and the lack of hunger you feel. It is awesome to NOT have to feel the need to eat every 2-3 hours!
To alleviate these symptoms drink plenty of water. Consider taking potassium supplements. Over the counter they are sold at 99mg capsules (which is about 2.5 mEq). Take 3-4 of them, only once a day (too much potassium can cause huge problems with the electricity in your heart). Also take multivitamin to include magnesium and vitamin D supplements. These measures tend to alleviate fatigue and mental cloudiness until your body adjust to utilizing ketones (fat) for energy in lieu of sugar.
Of course, be sure to talk this over with your doctor. It is important that your kidneys are normal, and to attempt self-treatment of serious medical illnesses is not advised. However, it is appropriate for you to understand and participate in your own health care. Discussing alternative options such as this is completely appropriate. Doctors appreciate patients who make their own health a serious matter. Research and life-style modifications are typically low risk and are very empowering activities that yield outstanding results.