The Starch Solution – Day 4

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.