How the Low Carb, High Fat Lifestyle Rescued Me from My Genetic Curse—Diabetes

Earlier this month, Brian, my life partner shared his story with you. He was able to turn his health around. More importantly, he has added many years to his life. But I’m the lucky one because I get to spend those years with him.

You can read Brian’s story here…

One of the people who helped to keep Brian motivated was his good friend, Steve. I think it made things easier at work, having someone else who was living a low carb lifestyle.

These men are an absolute inspiration and I am very proud of them!

I asked Steve if he would share his testimony with my readers. Below is his story.

 

How the Low Carb, High Fat Lifestyle Rescued Me from My Genetic Curse—Diabetes

By

Steve Butz

If you’ve taken the time to read Brian’s testimonial prior to my own, I’ve already been introduced. Brian and I are coworkers and friends. Craft beer drinking buddies, although we’ve reduced that pastime considerably since we both discovered the Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) way of life. Even though we see each other every workday, we stumbled upon LCHF independently and, coincidentally, right around the same time. Having Brian and Wendy to bounce around ideas, experiences and discoveries has been a tremendous advantage for me and, I feel, to them, as well. So when Wendy asked if I’d be interested in sharing my testimonial, I was more than excited to oblige.

I feel I’ve found a tremendous “secret.” I say secret because the info every person struggling with weight, high blood sugars and diabetes should know is kept hidden by Big Pharma, our government and others around the world. The food pyramid, which the mainstream authorities have recently replaced with “the Plate”, are guidelines that fail to incorporate important scientific research that bears out the truth about nutrition that can cure diabetes and defeat obesity. Simply put, the Food Pyramid and Plate guidelines are misguided and all one has to do is look at the obesity and diabetic epidemics of the past 40 years to notice. Yet, physicians around the world continue to dispense poor nutritional advice, right along with oral diabetic meds, statins, and insulin. In essence, they’re keeping us all fat and sick and they’re not going to change anytime soon because there’s way too much money involved.

My brother is a progressive internal physician. He texted me one night and told me I had to check out dietdoctor.com. He said I’d find the information captivating. He was right.

After watching a video presentation on reversing diabetes by Doctor Jason Fung, a Canadian renal physician who works with diabetics, I was convinced LCHF was worth a shot. Fung promised that as soon as a person cuts all the nasty carbs from the diet and replaces those calories with healthy fats like olive oil, butter, eggs, bacon, cheese, nuts, and mayonnaise, blood sugar will come down and stabilize on its own and weight will begin dropping off. So I said farewell to bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, chips, pretzels, crackers, pizza, candy, cakes, ice cream and other desserts. And YES—Beer. That one was tougher than the rest, but I promised myself 15 weeks without beer to see how I could change myself. To me, this was a life and death decision, so it was going to get my best shot.

Fung explained that once we stop barraging our bodies with excessive carbohydrates, our fatty livers start to shed the fat and begin functioning normally. Fatty liver can be reversed in two weeks on the LCHF plan. The pancreas fat takes ten weeks to lose. That’s why I gave myself a 15 week promise on the strict induction phase of the LCHF plan—so that I could be sure my liver and my pancreas had time to lose the fat and start functioning properly again.

Perhaps the most important detail from Fung centered on insulin, a natural hormone found in our bodies. Fung said insulin is a fat-storing hormone secreted by our bodies, sometimes in enormous amounts, to deal with the onslaught of those nasty carbs and the resulting glucose that overwhelms our bloodstreams.

What does insulin do? It stores all that glucose as fat. It works quickly and tirelessly to rid our bloodstream of the glucose from carb breakdown and it stores the glucose as fat. So, Fung reasons, take away those unhealthy carbohydrates and you take away the need for insulin. Take away the need for insulin and you take away the fat storing. It’s as simple as that. Diabetes isn’t a sugar issue; it’s an insulin issue.

Amazingly simple logic. “That’s it” I thought? “I can do that. I can lose the carbs and restrict the insulin that’s keeping me fat and I’ll see where I end up.” And I began immediately.

I’ve been a diabetic for nearly 20 years and insulin dependent for 8 years. When I was diagnosed as a diabetic, I was told that diabetes is a progressive, incurable disease that requires oral meds and ultimately, insulin. More and more insulin as I age until I finally die from complications of diabetes. That’s the course I was on. It started with low doses of Metformin. Then higher doses more frequently. When that wasn’t controlling my blood sugars, I added Glipizide, a more powerful, glucose-reducing med. I watched my diet and stuck to the Pyramid, cut back on servings, took meds, exercised and still, my weight was up, my sugars high. When I went on insulin to treat my high blood sugars, I was treating a symptom but exacerbating the real problem—insulin resistance. I was pretty much devastated. I didn’t want to go to insulin because that was admitting defeat. It was giving in to the notion that my diabetes is out of control, incurable and that I’d follow the family genetic curse and die in my early 60’s, if I even made it to 60.

Now, with the discovery of LCHF, I feel like I’ve beaten the genetic curse. Low Carb High Fat is my Excalibur and I’ll use its magic to fight diabetes and obesity. In six months, I have become healthier than I have been in 30 years and all it took was some education, curiosity, and determination. Oh, and a lot of tinkering around with what was working and what wasn’t working. That’s where it was really cool to have Brian and Wendy around because we’d compare notes, dig for information and knowledge and share all that we were experiencing. The support was a tremendous help for me and I’m sure it saved me a lot of trial and error.

Consider these numbers after 6 months of the Low Carb High Fat lifestyle:

  1.  230 lbs to 177 lbs – 53 pounds lost.
  2. Size 38 pants (busting out of them, but too vain to go to size 40) to size 34.
  3. 9.8 A1c (on meds) to 6.1 (without meds).
  4. No energy (except enough to fall into a chair after work) to high energy (enough to exercise each day with vigor).

Allow me to elaborate a bit. In October, 2015, my Hemoglobin A1c was 9.8. I was taking all my meds and insulin and the test results were still scarily high, considering a normal result is 6 or less. At 5’9”, my weight was up around 230, I had no energy and I was feeling defeated. I upped my insulin in the ensuing months, made sure to work some exercise in, watched my diet and gave my best the following five months. In February, 2016, my A1c registered 7.8. After all that effort and medication, the number was still way too high.

Can you feel my desperation? This is when my doctor-brother, Todd, directed me to dietdoctor.com. It’s also why the 2-week challenge on that site was pretty much life and death for me—if this didn’t work, I felt there was no escaping the claws of diabetes. My mother died at 62 from complications of diabetes.

Her father died at 58. At 53, I was way too close to that general age and way too unhealthy. I was facing my mortality and it was downright devastating to contemplate an early death and all the lost years with my daughter, my wife and my family and friends. In my mind, there was still a lot of living to do.

Along with throwing myself into some pretty fascinating educational videos on dietdoctor.com, I also tore through a number of books on the subject, among them: The New Atkins for a New You by Dr. Eric Westman of Duke University; Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It by Gary Taubes and The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss by Jason Fung, MD. What I found in all this personal research is that there’s a whole body of nutritional research available that just (for some ungodly reason) hasn’t hit the mainstream. This research holds such promise—reversing diabetes and obesity—that everyone should know about it, but the fact that this information isn’t being taught and pushed by the medical community made me really angry. I gobbled up as much information as I could and I waged war on my diabetes…and all those who should have educated me through the years instead of medicating me.

Let me tell you this—when I gave this a whirl, I really felt that this was too good to be true. The next great fad. Something that would work for others, but wouldn’t work for me. To say the least, I had my doubts. But those doubts didn’t last long.

Once I quit putting bad carbohydrates into my body, my blood sugars dropped from the 150s into the 90s. I hadn’t seen steady 90s in decades, even with medication. At times, my sugars started dropping pretty low because, remember, I was still on full doses of oral medication and insulin. My brother advised me to cut all my meds to keep my sugars from bottoming out and, within a week, I was drug free and my sugars were still testing in the 80s and 90s. The immediate results floored me. And they also gave me hope that this was the miracle for which I was searching.

I started LCHF March 3rd, 2016. I began losing weight immediately. I dropped my meds completely, felt more energetic and in the first month, I was 18 pounds lighter. Without all the carbohydrates in my diet, I had transformed my body from a glucose-storing machine to a fat-burning engine that was eating up my storehouses of fat. I was still eating unprocessed meats like chicken, fish, beef, bacon and pork and the carbohydrates I still kept in my diet were green veggies like spinach, lettuce, asparagus, celery, broccoli, avocados, etc., but what was different was that I added healthy fats to my diet—you know, the same fats that we’ve been told to stay away from for 40 years, like butter, mayonnaise, bacon, heavy cream, full fat cheese. My body was converting to fat-burning since it didn’t have the usual onslaught of unhealthy carbs, so the fat I included in my diet became the most efficient fuel I could feed myself. And my body was eating it up!

When I saw my nutritionist in May, she was startled with the amount of weight I had lost. It was a pleasure seeing her reaction. When she went to record my weight in the chart, she stopped and said, “Wait a second. Get back on that scale.” She thought she had made a mistake because, at this point, two months into the LCHF lifestyle, I was 27 pounds lighter. She wanted to know what I was doing to lose the weight and I was glad to discuss my lifestyle change and all the benefit I was feeling.

Three months later, I had my routine blood work drawn and I saw my doctor. He’d already heard about my switch to LCHF because he’s married to my nutritionist. When I saw the doc in August, I was 45 pounds lighter than I was in February. My A1c was lower than he’d seen it in years and all this was accomplished without the medication that I’d depended on for so long.

Thing is, I sense that he’s not quite convinced yet that this is something that I can maintain. I’m positive he’s been privy to all kinds of weight loss fads through the years and I’m guessing he’s thinking this is one more. So that’s part of my incentive to keep going with this. When I go back, I want to show that this is still working; that it’s a permanent fix.

It’s been over 6 months since I’ve had bad carbs. No breads, no sugars, no desserts, no pastas, no junk food. The amazing thing is, I don’t miss any of those foods. I get such pleasure from the healthy foods I’m eating now and I’ve converted my kitchen into my very own LCHF pantry. I enjoy the taste of foods so much more—olives stuffed with blue cheese, rich buttery creamy crab soup, bacon, nuts and cheeses, guacamole. I never thought I’d be eating this way without feeling deprived because, after all, I’ve always been a junk food junkie who couldn’t do without a fast food burger, fries, soda, Extra Crispy KFC, Olive Garden pasta and breadsticks. But I swear to you, I feel so good now that all those bad, processed foods are out of my system that sticking to the LCHF way of life is not only a pleasure, it’s my preference.

Less than a year ago, I had no means to improve my health and I was scared that I was quickly heading toward all the bad things that diabetes holds, but now, I feel more vibrant, more energetic and healthier than I ever thought possible and it’s all a result of LCHF. It’s literally a crime that this nutritional and health information isn’t in the mainstream and that it’s circulating in underground channels. But a truth this bold and transformative—a truth that can reverse diabetes and help resolve obesity and solve many other health-related issues—will not be kept silent for long.

That’s why this testimonial is important for me to share—because if anyone out there is feeling the same desperation as I was, it’s important to know that there’s a way out. A proven, scientific way out. All you have to do is follow the research, read as much as you can, observe how your body reacts and personalize the LCHF way of life with the foods you really prefer and love. Nature will take care of the results.

Finally, I need to thank Dr. Eric Westman for stepping outside of the box at Duke University and promoting the LCHF lifestyle. Thanks to Dr. Jason Fung, whose video on Reversing Diabetes was the most common-sense, informative and powerful videos I’ve seen. Thanks to Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, who started dietdoctor.com with the ambition of helping a world of obese, diabetic, unhealthy and underinformed people. Thanks to my brother-doctor Todd, who opened up a whole new world of possibilities for me. And thanks to Brian and Wendy, who have been powerful supporters and partners in my search for a better way of living. All of these people are instrumental parts of my success team.

Steve,

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for sharing your story. It was way more than I expected and so much appreciated. I know you will be helping many people who have struggled with weight loss and type 2 diabetes. You are an absolute inspiration!

Hugs, Wendy

Adding Intermittent Fasting For Quicker Results

We all have times when all of a sudden the weight loss seems to stop, or slow down. This is called a weight loss plateau. It can be very frustrating.

I can assure you that if you are eating lots of high-fat foods and low carbs than the weight loss will come. But sometimes it fluctuates. Sometimes I will go 3 or 4 days with no weight loss and then suddenly I’ll lose 2 pounds in one day. The most important thing is to keep moving forward with your diet.

But if you want to shake things up a bit and get some quicker results then you may want to add my secret weapon which is intermittent fasting.

Adding Intermittent Fasting For Quicker Weight Loss

Intermittent fasting is when you abstain from food for a period of time. It can be 8, 12, 16, 24 or even longer hours.

Now if your reaction is like mine when I first heard about fasting, you may be shaking your head because starvation isn’t good for anyone. Even Hugh Jackman has used intermittent fasting.

But let’s get one thing straight. Fasting is NOT Starving. In fact, fasting is a very popular practice that many people do around the world as a way of cleansing their system or others do it for religious reasons.

And guess what. You are already fasting right now. Each night when you go to sleep you are fasting for at least 8 hours. And if you last ate at 6 pm the night before and ate breakfast at 10 then without any real effort, you just fasted for 16 hours. You were already fasting and didn’t even know it.

Why intermittent fasting works for weight loss

It is actually pretty easy. When your body doesn’t have any glucose stores left to burn as fuel, it will switch over to fat burning. This will cause you to lose weight. Typically your body will go into fat burning after 8 hours. So even if you only want to do a short fast, you can get some good results.

If you are not sure about fasting or if you can do it easily, try what I did.

Here is how I use intermittent fasting for weight loss.

When I am going to fast, I will have my last meal at around 6:00 pm. Then I don’t eat again until I have lunch at 1:00 in the afternoon.

The easy part is that for a good 8 hours of this 19 hour fast, I am sleeping. Duh! So that makes it easy. Then I drink bulletproof coffee in the morning. I also drink lots of water throughout the day. I tend to lack salt in my body so I add just a bit of salt to my water and a lemon wedge just to give it a bit of flavor. If I feel like I really need something to help me get through the fast, then I will sip on bone broth.

When I first started fasting, I would tell myself that I could eat earlier, like 10 or 11. Then I would try to see how much longer I could go. And I found that now I can easily make it until 1 or 2 in the afternoon.

My boyfriend can fast for 24 hours a few days a week. He only eats dinner.

I think it really depends on the person and what works for you.

You may not feel that intermittent fasting weight loss is for you and that is okay. It is a personal preference. I only do it because I find it helps me drop the weight a bit quicker. Plus I really feel great when I fast.


How To Make Bone Broth

Bone Broth has many health benefits and is a great addition to any diet. But I started using it when I added intermittent fasting with my low carb high fat diet.

I discovered that making bone broth is really easy using a crock pot because the crock pot does all the work. I just threw it all in the pot.

How to Make Bone Broth

20160419_101057All you need to do is save any bones left over from dinner. You can use chicken, beef or fish bones. Or you can simply get some beef marrow bones from the store. I prefer to use bones from grass-fed beef as it is healthier.

I started with raw bones so I roasted them in a 350-degree oven for about 30. This helps to get the juices flowing.

Then I put them in my crockpot. I have a 6 quart slow cooker that is the perfect size for making broth. But you can use what you have. You can even do your broth on the stove top on low. Just keep in mind that it needs to cook for several hours so a good crockpot may be the best bet.

After I added the bones, I added my vegetables. Veggies help to give the broth some flavor. I use carrots, onion, celery and I also added a bay Leaf. I cut the veggies into big pieces as they will be thrown out when the broth is done.

Next, I added about a 1/4 cup of vinegar because it helps to break down the bones. Then I poured in filtered water until the veggies were just covered. And last but not least, I added salt and pepper.

Next, I turned my slow cooker on low and let it go for about 24 hours. I did it on a Saturday morning and finished the bone broth on Sunday. It is important to let the broth go long enough to extract all of the yummy nutrients from the bones.

After the broth cooled down, I took a strainer and removed all of the bones and veggies from the broth. Then I put the broth in a bowl and put it in the refrigerator.

After the broth chilled, the fat will separate and I simply took a spoon and scraped it off of the top.

This gave me enough broth for the week. I stored my broth in a large bowl in the fridge but I just ordered some mason jars as I think it will make it way easier to store the broth. All I will need to do is pour out what I need.

The broth should be good in the fridge for up to a week but if you prefer, you can freeze it using freezer bags. Just fill and then lay flat in the freezer.

I love the way it tastes and how it makes me feel.

(As of April 19th, Down 13 lbs.)

Bone Broth Health Benefits

 

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Today I wanted to share with you something that I recently discovered as a health aide with my fat loss at fifty dieting and that is bone broth.

I have begun to add some intermittent fasting to my plan and it was suggested that during the fast I sip on bone broth.

You can read about Intermittent fasting here.

I know that broth is nothing new, I mean Mom’s have been giving it to sick children for years. Chicken soup is know for healing and shortening a cold. But I discovered that bone broth has many health benefits that I never even thought of. To me, being over 50, it is almost like drinking from the fountain of youth. It makes me feel great!

Here are some of the bone broth health benefits that I have discovered:

Bone broth or should I say the bone marrow with is extracted from the bones is great to improve the immune system and helps with allergies.

Bone broth can help you look younger because it contains collagen and gelatin.  It’s great for your skin and hair. And if you are older and have lost a lot of collagen in your skin, bone broth will help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Bone broth is way cheaper than collagen creams or plastic surgery.

You can help heal leaky gut syndrome with bone broth. The collagen in bone broth will heal your gut lining and reduce intestinal inflammation. So it should also help with digestion as well.

Bone broth helps is great for bones, joints, and teeth. Bone broth can help to reduce joint pain. I also noticed that when bending down, I no longer hear that cracking noise in my joints.

Bone broth is very easy to make and can save you a lot of money.

You don’t need to just use the bone broth for fasting or sipping on, it is also a great base for soups.

But I find that I really enjoy sipping on a cup of broth in the mornings before I go to work. It seems to give me some extra energy.

Here’s how I made beef bone broth.

(As of April 19th, Down 13 lbs.)


High Fat Low Carb Diet Daily Inspiration!

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I love my scale!

Whenever I have a goal to accomplish, I find it helpful to keep inspired. And I do that by connecting with others who are also doing a low carb diet like me.

So for my high-fat low carb diet daily inspiration, I do a few things.

First I weigh myself daily. Now some people feel that this isn’t a good thing as it can be frustrating because the scale can move up on some days. But for me, it keeps me motivated.

I have realized that the scale does go up, but it always goes down. The last two week my weight has been pretty consistent. It will go down 2 pounds, then up 1, then down 1, then down 1, then up 1, then down 2. I just find keeping a log of my weight keeps me focused.

I simply uploaded an app on my phone to keep me on track.

Hugging my boyfriend daily(several times a day) helps too. I am so proud of him. He is on track to reversing his diabetes! But the thing that is really neat is realizing that I can get my arms further around him. His “beer belly”, doesn’t get in the way like it did 2 weeks ago.

And the last thing that keeps me motivated is reading stories about other people who are having success. I read success stories at dietdoctors.com, blogs, and YouTube videos. This keeps me motivated.

(March 31st, down 10 lbs)

I’m Eating Fat To Lose Weight

I’m Eating Fat to lose weight! Really, I am. It took me over 50 years to realize I was doing it all wrong. Weight loss can be easy and it can come off quickly if you eat more fat.

Over the years I have tried many different ways to lose weight. I tried liquid diets, calorie counting, and cutting fat out of my diet. And I worked out every day. But nothing ever really seemed to work for any amount of time.

Then one day I was talking to my boyfriend and he said he was very concerned about his blood sugar (he was borderline diabetes) and was thinking about going on a low carbohydrate diet.

I want him to be healthy and live for many years, so I decided to go online and get as much information as I could on the subject. And I realized that fat doesn’t make you fat! Actually, it is sugar and carbs that make you fat.

So I decided to go on a low carbohydrate diet with him and to my surprise, I love it! I’ve been doing it for 3 weeks now and have lost 9 pounds so far. But the best thing of all is that I am not hungry.

Together we are dropping weight and feeling great! I am really excited to see where we will be in just a few short months.

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I love to write and find that I always do better with projects if I keep a journal. So I decided to create this blog as a way of holding myself accountable but also hopefully to inspire people to do the same.

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