Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetic Solution

I’m finally reading excerpts online from this book. If you have T1, this book should be your bible. It’s taken me years to finally get off my rear and read this thing and it is truly years beyond its time. In fact, I’ve been meaning to do a blog post on insulin consumption and how small amounts of insulin lead to small errors and vice versa. Dr. Bernstein has an excellent chapter called the laws of small numbers that would blow any blog post of mine out of the water so it’s best to just check out his book instead.

Another area that he touches on lightly is that of the fat content of your diet with regard to weight loss. I mentioned in a previous post that I’ve been toying around with a no carb breakfast and stacking all daily carbs (in the form of veggies) towards the end of the day. I’ve been having great success with lowering body fat while maintaining energy levels. For breakfast, for example, I’ll eat two fried eggs in grassed butter, half an avocado, and a cup of coffee. This breakfast requires no insulin and can carry me through till lunch. If you give this approach some time and patience, your body with adapt by getting better at utilizing fat for energy instead of stored glycogen (or sugar). 

Another area, that Dr. Bernstein touches on, but not too deeply is that of specific forms of exercise and BG. For anyone experimenting with a carbohydrate restricted diet and trying to exercise, you might notice that your energy levels bottom out. Try to give this approach some time perhaps up to a year. The body will adapt, but you have to stick with it. 

All in all, I wish my doctor gave me this book back in 2002 upon getting diagnosed with T1. It would have saved me so much work and experimentation.

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