Checking how I am with diabetes with carb experiments
I’ve been doing some carb experiments. Almost 2 years ago, I cured my own diabetes through a regimen of a low-carb diet and fasting. Before that, i was diabetic for more than 25 years, and my diabetes was very bad.
in fact, I almost died several times in the past 20 years due to diabetes. I experienced:
- A stroke in 2001
- Many serious infections
- Heart Attack in 2016
I was so happy when my diabetes went away. Now, I have been doing some carb experiments just to see how my blood sugar reacts to eating some carbohydrates.
My current work
I work as Santa Claus in malls and other venues during this time of the year. I have a very busy schedule. Most of my clients feed me, and it always turns out to be carbs!
I started my carb experiments, though, before my Santa work started, in November. One night, after dinner (a keto meal), my wife and I went to the mall to pick up something. After we took care of our purchases, I told my wife that I wanted to do a little experiment. She asked what it was, and I said that I wanted to eat some carbs and see how my blood sugar reacted.
I suggested that we go and have some donuts at Krispy Kreme, and we did. We each ate 2 donuts. I had not eaten anything even remotely like this for about 2 years and I had no idea how my blood sugar would react.
When I checked my blood sugar about 2 hours later, it was 93, perfectly normal, in fact low for after eating. I was so happy.
In addition to diabetes, I am also quite militant about my weight (I am down more than 230 pounds from my peak), so I don’t plan to make it a habit of eating donuts regularly, but I wanted to experiment and see if I would get back to diabetic levels of blood sugar. I was so happy that I did not.
More Carb Experiments
During my Santa work at the malls, as I said, my clients often bring me a meal to eat during my break. It is kind of intense work, and a meal is very welcome, but I rarely have much control over what they feed me.
One client will usually bring me food from McDonald’s. Not high on my list, but it is food. At one event, I ate 2 McDonald’s cheeseburgers and a Coke light. Again, my blood sugar remained completely normal.
My diabetes really is gone
Over the past couple of years since my diabetes was cured, I did worry a bit about whether diabetes would just return if I was eating (I usually fast). I figured that after my weight loss journey was completed, I would get back to eating more regularly. So, I just wondered what my blood sugar numbers would look like when eating became more of a regular part of life.
I am really pleased at this point because I can see that blood sugar and diabetes really is not an issue. I am sure if I went back to full-bore eating of carbs and such I could (would?) develop diabetes again. However, I enjoy eating a ketogenic diet, and I also enjoy fasting, so I don’t see myself eating many carbs at all at any time in the future.
So, it looks to me like I am doing well!