Lost 45 pounds and brought 400+ blood sugars down to 115 or less.
Jim, age 53, had not been feeling well for quite some time. Out of the blue his energy would plummet and he would need to sleep in the middle of the day. He was disoriented and waking up to use the bathroom every two hours. Jim had dry-mouth, was always very thirsty and had a metallic taste in his mouth.
His doctor did blood work and found that Jim’s blood glucose was sky-high and up over 400 mg/dl. Jim left the doctor’s office, diagnosed with diabetes. He was put on a statin drug for cholesterol, but suffered serious negative side effects. The nutritionist for the practice could not see Jim for six weeks.
Feeling alone to figure out what to eat Jim knew that his current diet wasn’t working but he was unsure which diet to follow. His old diet consisted of, “lots, and lots and lots of sugar,” Jim said. For breakfast he might eat hash brown potatoes and drink a few glasses of juice. Fast food, processed food, and super sized Cokes were the norm. “I thought 12 grain bread was a good thing,” Jim commented.
About that time Jim’s friends invited him to attend the Get Better Wellness nutrition class and he learned how to eat whole food, as unprocessed as possible. He stopped eating sugar, bread, grains and gave away his processed food. He started testing his blood sugar at home and he could see how certain foods affected this number. He switched to eating natural fats like butter, extra virgin olive oil, and coconut oil. Jim began to purchase grass-fed meat, wild-caught fish and pasture-raised chickens and eggs when possible. He started eating more vegetables and cooking more meals at home.
In two months time period:
- Jim’s blood sugar came down from over 400 mg/dl and is now running 90 – 115 mg/dl – without medication.
- He lost 45 pounds
- His pants size dropped from 38″ to 32″ waist.
Interestingly, when Jim finally got his appointment with the nutritionist, she was shocked by how much weight he had lost and how much lower his blood sugar was running. Like the captain of a ship going down, that nutritionist held steadfastly to her convictions that this way of eating was not good. “There is no FDA backing for any of this,” she said. Some day maybe the FDA will come around to seeing that Americans continue to get sicker and sicker on a low-fat diet based on 10 servings of grains, bread and cereal.
Jim gave the nutritionist a book to read and urged her to look at the evidence. “I feel the difference. Just look at my numbers,” Jim urged. In spite of her negative feelings about eating a whole food diet, the nutritionist finally relented, “Keep doing whatever you are doing, because it is working.”
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