Letting circumstances get in the way of a good life appears to be a constant in the human condition. As an IBM* (Introvert Boomer Male), I am working to build my vision for the rest of my life on my terms while avoid the roadblocks life is throwing at me.
Each IBM has his own unique challenges in the three main areas of modern life – health, wealth, and relationships. As a rule, all three areas are not only related but intertwined.
For my personal health, nothing is more important than reversing and maybe even curing diabetes, if it can be cured.
To do this, I have to start with a low-fat, whole food, plant-based vegan lifestyle. That said, this is the only “diet” that makes any sense for IBMs* no matter what their health concerns.
Animal foods have failed me. So have exercise and diabetes meds. I am going radical from today until my next doctor’s appointment in 4 weeks. If I don’t, I could end up insulin dependent.
There are so many variations of the vegan diet for diabetics that it’s hard to keep track. Some like raw foods and fruitarian are hard to do over time. The one’s like Dr. McDougall’s The Starch Solution are the most appealing but don’t allow me to get control over my blood sugar numbers. At least not yet.
What I am constructing is my own system. I ate a ton of starchy carbs yesterday, and had at least a liter of soup at 3:00 this morning. At 6:30, my sugar reading was 400. Just short of a trip to the ER. Crazy.
If I fast (water only), I can drop my numbers down to between 70 and 80 after 3 days. The problem is that those low numbers leave me so weak I can’t fast for more than 7 days or so.
I have studied the so-called Daniel Fast based on the Book of Daniel in the Bible. I’m more Buddhist, but the idea is really a 10 or 21 day plant based diet in contrast to the rich animal foods eaten by kings and queens.
My system will go like this. I’m going to let my glucose meter determine what I eat and drink. Right now, that means water and seltzer until I drive those numbers down.
But I don’t want to do a pure water fast unless I have to. If I get hungry, I will eat some raw fruit or vegetables like cucumbers, tomatoes, or grapes. I will continue on a raw food diet until the numbers are good all day long.
The big issue with a raw food diet is eating enough calories to keep one alive and thriving. That’s why a starch based diet is so appealing.
I lived in Asia for 10 years. I have eaten a mountain of rice and kimchi. Back then, I had no blood sugar issues and no diabetes. I hope it’s not too late.