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Old 11-03-2010, 21:27   #1
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Hello everyone, I'm Judy, the other half of John-in-France.

I've been back seat reading the forum for a few days and thought that I'd like to join in the fun too!

I'm not diabetic, I am however carbohydrate intolerant and have been most of my life. I can eat cereals in moderation, no more than one portion a day. A couple of years back I discovered the Paleolithic style of dieting, lost a ton of weight on it, got moving again and still mainly use it. I say mainly because I follow the Paleo diet idea of one free meal or snack per week. Although from yesterdays run in with Pringles and my allergic reaction, and high blood glucose from them, I don't think I'll be taking any more free meals - too uncomfortable!

When John came out of hospital he came home to a Paleo eating plan which seems to have worked so far. (He doesn't get free meals).

I'm training for Ironman Nice in June 2011, which means that I swim, bike,run, lift weights and do yoga multiple times per week. My resting heart rate is 65 BPM, maximum exercise heart rate 187 BPM, blood pressure average 105/65 mmHg, weight 57Kg, american dress size 2-4 (depending on cut), and average fasting blood sugar of 85 mg/dl.

Due to Johns' problem this year, I'm back at college and studying to become a Clinical Nutritionist. The Health Service is nothing new to me, I worked in it for 12 years in the UK as a biomedical engineer.

I look forward to learning from you all, and hopefully I'll be able to help some of you in return.

Judy.

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Yea! Let me be the first to welcome you, Judy! Definitely looking forward to getting better acquainted, and to your input on our boards. Make yourself right at home here!






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Hi Judy, you look very cheerful and you seem very bright. You will probably make a great Nutritionist. Dietitians here in the US and also in the UK seem to recommend very high carb diets for diabetics. Something like 60g of carbs per meal and 2 or so for snacks. I limit myself to 150g per day. If I go over that amount, I gain weight, even though I exercise every day. My insulin dosages increase too. High carb days are not good for me. I don't see why they would be good fo any diabetic. What is your opinion?

Don't they have Ironwoman events too?

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Welcome aboard Judy! glad to have you here

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Thanks for the welcome!

Richard, I am lucky enough to be enrolled on a course that is not funded by the state (or pharmaceutical industry), it is accredited worldwide as a degree qualification. Since it is not dominated by the present party line it explores diet options in a very open way.

There is a great Nutritionist vs Dietician disagreement on the low fat, high carb diet. It is gaining more momentum as newer research is published, and the older research is re-read from the hard science point of view instead of the political point of view.

No one diet is good for everyone. Even a diet profile that works for you now, may need tweeks from time to time. The real challenge is finding the one which works in the way that you are genetically ideal for.

Diabetics (type 2), those people with metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes and the carbohydrate intolerant are generally better off controlling their carbohydrates. (statitistically only 1% thrive on the low fat, high carb diet, by thriving I mean a HbA1c of less than 6). All of these have been shown to be caused by metabolic issues, whether insulin or digestive enzymes.

How low the carbohydrate level needs to go really depends on you, everyone really is slightly different. For some this will be Bernstein, Atkins (he was a diabetes clinician), Pennington or Montignac, for others fruit is ok and Paleo style regimes will work.

Eat to the meter with real food, no cereals, no legumes and see what spikes you personally.

Some strange things do happen, for instance John can eat the small bananas from the Dominican Republic, but bananas from elsewhere spike him up with the fairies!

So, no, I don't toe the party line...

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No there are no Ironwoman events, and I'm quite happy to become an Ironman, after all the course distance is the same for both sexes

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This is what the insane little so and so is up to:


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Hi Judy
Welcome to the forum! I'm looking forward to hearing hearing more from you I must say I've been a bit jealous when, from time to time, John talks about the work his partner is doing to help with his diet...that is such a great support. I did a sprint triathlon once...long ago...and it was a blast. But work and bad habits took over my life. Good for you for doing ironman. Perhaps you can join our exercise post to inspire us with your daily workouts!!!

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You sound like a proud spouse to me! heheh!

Is he your biggest cheerleader, Judy?




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