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Old 09-02-2014, 12:56   #1
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I don't need to scream and throw things very often...but it sure is nice to have a place where I can do it and people will understand.

My sister and I call each other pretty much every morning. We had the oddest, most frustrating conversation a few days ago.

She suddenly announced, 'I looked it up. It is alright for you to eat grains. In fact, you need to eat grains."

I pointed out I dropped grains years ago - way before DX - and saw significant health benefits when I did. She replied, 'You can eat quinoa and amaranth." I replied, I tested them, to my body they are just another form of grain. (When my feet swell up a full shoe size after eating a small portion, and I develop acid reflux, I figure my bod is dropping it's version of a subtle hint.)

She said, 'That is not true. You can eat ancient grains. But, if you won't do that you need to eat potatoes and rice.' I replied, I have tested potatoes and rice. If I eat more than a few bites they raise my BG the moon. If I eat a bite or two my BG is fine but I within 18 hours I have a reactive hypoglycemia event.

She replied, 'I did the research, you have to eat grains and other starchy foods! If you don't eat enough fiber your ability to eliminate what you eat will fail!' I replied, no actually I used to have massive blockages and required surgery for a hernia. Since I went LCHF, my eliminations are, like, totally normal.

And around and around we went. She cried. She accused me of being a fanatic about my BG levels ('I read that 180 two hours after eating is healthy!!'). She - lol - accused me of starving myself because I like being so skinny (all of our lives, she has been the skinny one).

At one point she shrieked very sarcastically, "How is it you find all this research and think you know so much more than the doctors?!?!' I said, I don't know...I wish I did.

That was one weird conversation.

Obviously, her 'research' went no further than than the ADA and related websites.

Now, the reason I am venting. My sister has lost the use of her right arm to, and is on three medications for, Parkinsons. Long before my DX, I talked and talked and talked to her about LCHF and the brain. I think I would give up both feet if I meant she would just look at the research about LCHF and Parkinsons.

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Nancy,

You have my sympathy. It's amazing how folk continue to be brain washed by the 'healthy grains' brigade! We're left to find out the hard way that their ideas do not work!

Keep it up and try not to hit your sister

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((((Nancy)))) That has to hurt . . . I'm so sorry she's still sucked in by all the propaganda.




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That's a raw deal. Especially when it comes from family. If she is a keen researcher why don't you send her the links to some of "our" sites.

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Well mine did the same thing, so i ate one of his taco's to prove a point. After one hour, my BG was 200 and that was after 10U of insulin. I took more insulin because he cooks weird and I didn't know what they carb count was of the meat, he made his own taco spices because the "real thing" has additives, and just lettuce and his yellow salsa, just the standard taco without the tomato.

He will buy shredded cheese in a package but won't use a pkg of taco seasonings because of the additives. LOL

After that night, never again did he say that grains wasn't going to hurt me.

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Hmm. I wonder if she's operating under a bit of jealousy that she's no longer the thinner person. I try to not discuss what I eat with family because I know they will always believe what the gov't tells them over what I know is true. Wow, it sounds like I'm wearing a tin foil hat. But sadly, my body has given me proof that the gov't is wrong.

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Since she did bring it up, I'd be inclined to agree on the envy part.




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((((Nancy)))), I am so sorry you had to go through that! Only you know what is right for your body through testing, and all the spouting of ADA "advice/knowledge" is not going to change that. I'm so sorry she is not looking at lc/hf for her Parkinson's, it is a shame she is suffering so. By the way, keep your feet, doesn't sound like she will ever look at the lc/hf woe. Sad but probably true.

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Hugs, Nancy! Your sister has to learn however she does and attacking you is NOT the way! You are doing great and she's probably feeling threatened by that + a dose of jealousy. I'm sad I have no siblings, but I'm told by you and others that it is not always fun! Luckily, my children accept my diet with no comment.

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It's not just the ADA spouting that advice, it's almost every nutrition article and blog that's not low carb or Paleo oriented. McDougall-ites think we are going to die because (Horrors!) we ingest fat and meat and aren't eating a starch-based diet like all their fantasy traditional cultures (who happen to be omnivores, in reality).

When a vegan cuts out meat and fat, it's a healthy diet, when we cut out grains and starches, we are cutting out an "essential food group". I had a pediatric endocrinologist tell me that my daughter was going to get a B12 deficiency if she cut out grains. I guess she never heard of B12 in MEAT. Ugh.

I have a feeling we sound the same way to your sister as she sounds to us. The only answer is "thank you for your concern, I love you, but what I eat is not up for discussion."

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