Hey, guys! How are you doing?
I’ve been struggling with pre-diabetes for the last few months. Thankfully, because of my awesome doctor, I’ve found a way to control it without taking any medication! And it’s all based on the food I eat.
2015 was a pretty hard year for me. I was on steroids for an illness, which caused me to retain water and gain extra weight. I wasn’t overweight by any means, but I looked chubby nonetheless. I think that my body type is most comfortable at 95-105 lbs, and I was easily 120 lbs at that time.
To add to that, I found out that I was pre-diabetic. I guess my old diet of eating ice cream for breakfast wouldn’t fly anymore. 😛
I was pretty pissed off. I vowed that once I was off the steroids and I got my old body back, I would start eating healthily!
I officially stopped taking steroids on November 2016. In a month, I lost 20 lbs. And the day I hit 98lbs was the day my doctor advised me to try a low-carbohydrate diet.
Diabetics might be familiar with this diet, but for the uninitiated, let me explain briefly. The point is to eat only 50 grams (or lower) of carbs in one day. This means no bread, no potatoes, no sugar, no pasta or noodles. Most fruits are out. The diet mainly revolves around meat, fish, fat, eggs, veggies, avocados, and berries.
EASIEST. DIET. EVER.
Low-carb diets are great for blood sugar control, as I’m sure you’ve all heard. I’m not going to write all the specifics here since they’re easy to Google, and I’ll link some references below in case you’re interested. But within a month, my blood work drastically improved. I have so much energy, I’m clear-headed, I sleep well, and I have zero cravings for carbohydrates. 😀
Before you start whining that you can’t live without whatever food you’re addicted to, STOP! You can eat whatever you want, as long as it falls within your allotted number of daily carbs. Plus, there’s always sugar-free ice cream, dark chocolate and sugar-free soda!
Here’s a little photo blog of what I usually eat!
I’m definitely not preaching that this is the only way to control your blood sugar levels, but if you don’t want any medication, you can give it a shot. But remember, ask your doctor first!
Low-carb diets are also reportedly good for weight loss. For that, you’ll have to eat lower than 20 grams of carbs per day to induce ketosis (which is different from ketoacidosis). My boyfriend is trying that right now, so I’ll report back after a month to see if it’s effective!
Here are some useful links:
There you go. 🙂
I just wanted to share my new diet with you guys because I was so happy with how it was working. Sooner or later, as long as I stick to this way of eating, I’m pretty confident that I’ll get out of the pre-diabetic risk I’m currently in.