I thought I’d give a quick update.
I started with a small little teaspoon of potato starch 2 days ago, combined with probiotics, once a day. So far so good – no change in anything perceptible, which is a good thing considering the negative effects I’ve had in the past. I think I’ll give it a few more days of this and then maybe try to increase, either to one teaspoon of RS 2x a day or one larger dose. That’s when all hell broke loose last time though so I hesitate. Maybe I won’t do that. I’ve now talked myself out of it. This is how I am.
I stopped eating *so much* sugar. I still eat some – like, yesterday I ate half a bag of M&Ms and one of my daughter’s Rice Krispie bars (poor planning, eating found-in-the-car-food), and a couple of Hershey’s kisses throughout the day, plus a glass of OJ. Other than that I’ve been eating like a “normal” person – little planning, eating what feels right. Still not eating things like wheat, corn, legumes, PUFAs, or other things that just seem bad for me for one reason or another, but not obsessing over it. It’s kind of a relief from the dietary micromanagement.
My fasting blood sugar the last 2 days as been 113 and 116. Rarely in recent history is it that low. I attribute it to not eating so much sugar.
Since I wrote my last post about my new RS + Probiotics experiment I’ve gotten a few emails/messages from some concerned readers. What about the risk of SIBO? Or the risk of increased lactic acid caused by certain strains of bacteria? These are good questions. I don’t know the answers. I can say that after weighing my options, this seemed like the best one. If I screw up my health further I’ll look back on this and know I was doing the best I could.
Interestingly, I’ve been eating some potatoes and rice and my mood has been fine the last few days. I doubt the probiotics have had an effect yet, but I’m wondering if maybe certain starches like these are fine for me and more processed starches (g/f bread, g/f pasta) are the problem. Not sure why that would be – I seem to be doing ok the last 4-5 days as long as I avoid those. Not exactly smiling for no reason or anything….there’s some anxiety, but no depression. I can live with it.
I’ve been reading about Paul Jaminet’s Perfect Health Diet. First impressions from his website are that he’s a really decent person, willing to share his knowledge and really trying to help people. I know earnestness doesn’t fix diabetes, but it’s nice to spend time at his site….gives me the warm and fuzzies. I’ll be reading more. He seems to have one foot in the resistant starch camp, but is firmly in the pro-digestible starch camp along with intermittent fasting. Some of his ideas seem to be summed up here, specifically with regard to weight loss:
I prefer to train people in proportions and amounts. Proportions — try in your mind dividing your plate until four equal quadrants containing (1) meat/fish/egg, (2) sugary starch like potato, (3) sugary in-ground vegetables (beet, carrot), fruits, berries, and (4) low-calorie vegetables (mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, onions, celery, asparagus, kimchi, etc). Then flavor things with a sauce combining fat (eg butter, sour cream, coconut milk), acid (vinegar, pickle juice, etc). Use less fat if you’re trying to lose weight. Eat enough to avoid any significant hunger while fasting 16 hours per day.
He seems to generally favor a diet that is 30% carbohydrate, 15% protein, and 55% fat. More research is in order, on my part.
I’m getting my bike prepared for daily exercise (weather permitting). (<–Listening to you, Karin). Hope to start as soon as it stops raining. I do love my bike.