Puerto Rican travels and Roller Coaster Levels

Well, it’s been awhile since I’ve updated.  My excuse: planning and then taking a weeklong vacation in Puerto Rico!

I truly appreciate and respect the way I’d been eating, because once I left the states, my schedule, and the types of food  I typically eat went a little wayward….  along with portion sizes!

I can’t say I didn’t try….I did manage to scout out a wonderful vegan bed and breakfast deep in the rainforest mountains.  And I did bring fresh fruits, nuts and Lara bars with me.

The problem was a combination of sorts:  I was eating a lot more than usual (Breakfasts were a green smoothie AND usually 4 other things, as well as combo of cooked and raw vegan), I was eating at different times of the day than usual (add to that the 2 hour time difference), and I was driving through narrow, winding, mountainous roads with cliff side drops (hello adrenaline and goodbye balanced levels!)

While I did have a magical and wonderful time, my body pretty much hated me.  I was running in the high 200s, which felt completely awful (especially after being balanced for 4 months).  Due to taking such large amounts of insulin to compensate, my body’s insulin needs increased.

However, I am proud to say that I am almost back to where I was!  Thank goodness our bodies are forgiving!

I haven’t been able to eat fruit yet, but eventually I’ll be able to add that in again.  Currently, I’m eating mostly greens and low glycemic veggies.   I also picked up some chia seeds which seem to help as well!

I gained a lot of great recipe ideas while staying at Maravilla bed and breakfast and I’m looking forward to try them out!  Currently, I’m experimenting with Chayote!   You can throw it in the food processor with a little salt, stevia, and nutmeg, and make a porridge….you can also use a potato peeler to create noodles for a delicious sauce.

Photos to come!

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Progress!

I am now 10lbs lighter, and 50lbs happier! I have so much
energy! I am now down to 1 unit of Novolog per meal and can even
eat a mid-afternoon snack with the amount carried over from lunch.
I would really love to help others (esp. Diabetics) in eating a raw
food diet. The results are unexplainable,…I haven’t had this much
energy, love, and gratitude for life and those around me since I
was a child. It’s so nice to test my blood sugar and always have a
balanced and predictable reading. I need to get my blog in more
Google searches so that I can get the word out. There is not a
whole lot of info out there on types 1 diabetes and a raw vegan
lifestyle. Eventually, I’d like to learn some more about WordPress
so I can begin to post photos of meals and maybe even some before
and after photos! I’ve been updating mostly with my phone and need
to utilize my computer more. Tomorrow I will be attending a free
Vegan cooking class at Whole Foods. While I don’t see myself eating
cooked foods ever again (aside from the occasional special
occasion),…my daughter has recently shown an interest in becoming
vegan due to my own personal change. I hope to get some good tips
and ideas! I’ve already got her drinking green (well, purple from
the berries, but consisting mostly of spinach) smoothies in the
morning for breakfast! For anyone looking at healthy travel
destinations, my best friend and I will be staying at a Vegan bed
and breakfast in the rain forests of Las Marias, Puerto Rico.
Maravilla guesthouse (www.maravillamountain.com) has an all
inclusive meal plan which provides tasty vegan meals as well as raw
(you just need to request). I’m so excited to go on a vacation and
stay raw and healthy at the same time! To our health!

Supplements!

In addition to eating a raw foods diet, I also supplement with various vitamins and minerals.

While reading Dr Bernstein’s, “Diabetes Solution,”  I learned about an interesting product called Insulow.   I saw an immediate improvement after taking these supplements and highly recommend them to anyone seeking better insulin sensitivity.  The description on Amazon.com reads:

“Insulow, recommended in Diabetes Solutions by Dr. R. Bernstein, is pure R+ Lipoic acid complexed with essential Biotin. R+ lipoic enhances glucose uptake and insulin sensitivity which reduces the spike after carbohydrate containing meals. Improving carbohydrate uptake and utilization can increase energy levels and improve your ability to use both fat and carbohydrates for energy.”

I love this supplement so much that I’ve put it on Auto-ship!  Simply take 1-2 capsules right before you take your insulin injection.   It works best when taken with Evening Primrose Oil (I purchase the Trader Joe’s brand to save money).

Other supplements I include in my daily regime include:

  • Alive multivitamin (3 daily, taken with each meal)
  • Vitamin D3 (4,000 iu daily)
  • Vitamin B12 (I get the B “50” version from Trader Joe’s
  • Evening Primrose Oil (One with every dose of Insulow)

What types of vitamins (if any) do you take??

So grateful…

I feel incredibly grateful for the progression of healing I’ve seen in my body.

Before going raw, I was taking 23 units of Lantus, and about 14-16 units of Novolog daily.  My blood sugar readings were across the board, ranging from 140-300.   I was consuming large amounts of coffee, and also eating low carb (greek yogurt, salads, meat, cheese, butter).

I am shocked to say I am only on 18 units of Lantus, and 6 units of Novolog DAILY!  My levels are now 85-160.   They never go higher than 160, and it’s usually around 140 two hours after a meal.  I have cut out the coffee, dairy, meat, and ANY refined sugars or starches (I use liquid Stevia to sweeten).  The part that amazes me most is how many more carbs I eat now.  I am able to enjoy low glycemic fruits without a problem!  Another bonus- I’ve lost 5 lbs!  I feel great!

If you give your body what it needs, it will thank you.

A bump in the road…

Today has been a rough day. My sugar levels have been amazing for the past two weeks of eating raw vegan, but last night I got myself into trouble. Tonight is a holiday potluck at my friend, Julie’s house. I wanted to bring a yummy raw dessert and decided on making a chocolate strawberry mousse pie. Now, typically I only use Stevia when I create something sweet for myself, but I wanted to save the amount I had left and also please the palates of the guests, so I used a combo of soaked dates and raw honey. Well, while creating this lovely pie, I was taking taste tests to make sure it was turning out right (bad idea). All the itty bitty tastes definitely added up and spiked my sugar level. As any seasoned type 1 diabetic knows, once your sugar is spiked, it’s difficult to return to balance without going on a roller-coaster ride. I’m trying to ease it down with small amounts of insulin but it’s been in the low 200s since last night. This of course has given me a depressed and negative attitude for most of the day. I’m reminding myself however that I am actually doing a really good job and this is just a bump in the road.

Today I had a green smoothie made with spinach, a little leftover kale, Stevia, a couple spoonfuls of Greek yogurt, nutiva hemp protein powder, and half a small apple with a small handful of walnuts on the side.

For lunch I ate a large spinach salad with cherry tomatoes, 1/2 avocado, green pepper, a few baby carrots, sunflower seeds, flax oil, sea salt, and apple cider vinegar.

I have not tested my post lunch blood sugar reading yet,…so I am about to do so and will let you know what I end up with. ((drumroll….))

88! What a relief…!

With perseverance all things are possible. 🙂

To our health!

Discovering hope!

Hello world! I’ve decided that I ought to start blogging about my journey through plant-based foods as a type 1 diabetic. My progressive results have been extremely hopeful and I am inspired to share my experiences so that I may hopefully inspire and support others’ journeys.

Just to clarify, I am a type 1 diabetic (which means my pancreas no longer makes insulin) and I’ve been so for 18 years. Type 2 diabetes is the more common type these days, and anytime you hear someone talk about diabetes, nine times out of ten, they are referring to type 2. The general public typically does not know the difference between the two, which can be very irritating.

Anyways, I’m sure I’ll post more on this in the future (especially on the preposterous claims that type 1 is curable with diet- which it is not! Only type 2 diabetics have the means to reverse and wean themselves off of medications). Insulin to me is like water- I will always need it to survive. However, I do believe diet (especially now!)can heal the body in extraordinary ways, and decrease the amount of insulin that it’s dependent upon.
The last two weeks, I have taken coffee, meat, and dairy out of my diet. I was eating generally healthy before, but my sugar levels were not in control (generally ranging from 180-300), I was often fatigued (which I tried to combat with coffee), and I felt an overall sense of poor health. I did try eating as low carb as possible, even tried following Dr Richard K Bernstein’s diet (which worked for my levels but left me feeling very unhealthy and hungry).

My goal on this blog Is to record what I eat, recipes, and a general overview of what the raw vegan lifestyle has accomplished for my health. Please share your experiences- we can all learn from each other.

To our health!