My Daughter has never been very happy with my life being taken up with trying to lose this extra weight. She feels that at my age I should expect to be slightly over weight and that it’s natural. Being as how this Blood Sugar Diet is rather drastic by conventional ideas I had to be very careful how to tell her what I was about to do. It wasn’t something I could keep secret. One, because I was giving her virtually everything I had from my fridge and food cupboards and two, because hopefully I am about to lose weight very rapidly. I didn’t want that to happen and her think I was ill.
So I simply told her that from now on I was not going to eat anything that contained sugar. I explained that this included bread, pasta and cereals. This she accepted with no problem as she knows that I am sensitive to wheat anyway and really do have to watch how much I consume of that daily or I suffer I.B.S.
After dropping off the bags of food at her flat and picking up the two Granddaughters we all drove into town, as we had already planned previously, for each of us to buy the various bits that we each wanted and to do a bit of window shopping. First things first. I had not eaten as I had nothing in the house that I could eat now that I had cleared out my cupboards. Sarah hadn’t had breakfast either and as we had had to drag the two girls out of bed to get ready to come to town with us, they hadn’t eaten either. So I said that I would treat us all to brunch in a cafe when we got into town.
As it happens this turned out to be a good move because I was able to set any doubts Sarah had at me being on a strict diet to rest. Eating sugar free is in actual fact more tasty and easier than eating fat free. The girls all ordered various dishes of Sausage and Chips, Omelet and Salad, Burger and Salad. Without seeming to make a big deal out of choosing what I wanted and could eat I was able to have Fried Egg (cooked by grilling) Mushrooms, Grilled Tomato and Baked Beans. All of which is sugar free yet looks and is like any other cooked breakfast. In no way did it stick out that I was on a diet. So as far as the girls could see I was eating perfectly normally.
I was very surprised though when asking for a pot of tea that they did not have any whole milk. They only served skimmed milk. Skimmed milk is a no no on the Blood Sugar diet because it contains a lot of sugar due to being a low fat food. So instead of milk I ordered a couple of slices of lemon. There was a little discussion then about how I was going to sort it so that when I visited the girls or anyone else and drank tea, what would I do about having whole milk instead of skimmed which everyone now is buying. Sarah suggested that while we were in town I bought a little bottle so that I could bring a little whole milk with me. Sarah seemed to be being very helpful.
It was here that I warned her that not eating any sugar should have me losing weight very quickly so not to get worried that I was losing too quickly as the pounds fell off. That it was a natural part of the diet. I also went into more detail about how the diet should hopefully bring me out of the pre-diabetic stage.
I still hadn’t told her, and have no intention of telling her or the girls, the rest of the Blood Sugar Diet. In order to start removing the fat that has gathered around the liver which is what causes type 2 diabetes and to start reversing the disease, for the first 8 weeks of living sugar free one should ideally be eating no more than 800 calories a day. I know this seems to go against all previous medical advice and knowledge but having now read the book, about the medical information, the trials, the successes and so on, not only does 800 calories a day seem sensible with only eating sugar free food it’s unbelievably easy to achieve and one is never hungry. After the 8 weeks there is a maintenance programme that is more a way of living than a diet. After all living on 800 calories a day for 8 weeks is a lot less drastic than having a gastric bypass to reverse diabetes.
You may say that living on 800 calories a day would make you lose weight regardless of what that 800 calories was made up of. You would be right. But any other diet but the sugar free diet would not specifically remove fat from the liver. It is sugar that deposits fat to the liver and causes diabetes and not fat.
Later that day we went to the supermarket and I stocked up on the fruit and berries, vegetables (those only grown above ground), fish, full fat cheeses along with soft cheeses, humus, quark, full fat yogurts, rye crackers and a lot more. Basically nothing is disallowed to eat except processed foods, low fat foods, bread, cereals, pasta, rice and root vegetables.
On the Tuesday evening after having read the book The 8 Week Blood Sugar Diet I had also signed up and joined in free forums created and personally maintained by Dr Michael Mosley at https://thebloodsugardiet.com/forums/. There are members that are pre-diabetic, tablet reliant diabetic and injection reliant diabetic along with others that are simply over weight and worried about their health and tried all other ways of losing weight. Some like me are just starting out with this diet and there are others that have been doing the diet since the beginning of the year and not only shed pounds but their blood sugar readings have lowered step by step as the days go by.
We are advised that if we are on medication for T2 diabetes we must inform our Doctors as regular blood tests will need to be done and medication adjusted accordingly. This is not necessary for those that are not diagnosed diabetics or for pre-diabetics. I myself have my regular blood test due in March and it will be interesting to see if I will then be out of the danger zone.
Having now been on this blood sugar diet (BSD) for 3 days I have not been at all hungry, I have not had a reduction in energy and I have been sleeping much better. But the best thing of all is, that I have lost a full 3lbs in this last week. All of which has been lost in this last 3 days.