Where to start.
I have decided to stop eating meat. For a while at least. Maybe forever. I had some labs done last week and my kidneys are not happy. I’ve been trying to eat low fat and low carb (newsflash: can’t really be done) because I have been determined to get my blood sugar under control. Honestly, I have been on the fence, unwilling to commit to either low-fat or low carb. Low fat means higher carb = blood sugar spike. Low carb = feeling like crap. Blood sugar spike…feeling like crap…blood sugar spike…feeling like crap. I have been undecided LITERALLY since the last time I wrote on this blog over a month ago.
I finally gave up and decided to just go with mainstream medicine. Get a mainstream doc – the one at the clinic down the street – and throw myself on their mercy. Poke me, drug me, whatever. Just help me. I gave up. Went to a doc and got some labs done. My kidney labs are terrible (BUN of 29 and BUN/Creatinine ratio of 45, with a reference range of 7-25). My HgAIC is 7.21 (>6.4 is diabetes). I’m not getting better, I’m not staying the same. My condition is worsening.
A year ago I followed a low-fat plan that resulted in a return to normal blood sugars. I’ve decided to do that again, only completely eliminate meat. What the hell, let’s eliminate all animal products and really give my kidneys a break. Reduce protein, maximize starch. I googled it and hey…this has a name. Dr. McDougall’s Starch Solution.
I’m on day 4 of this program. It’s not terrible. Dr. M. says that all Type 2 Diabetes is curable. Great! I’m in! It’s a high-starch vegan diet. No animals. No added fat (and not much non-added fat). Starch, vegetables, fruits.
It all feels complicated right now. I want to share my labs. I want to tell you how much I don’t like my new doctor. I really just don’t have time. One day I will.