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How to Stop Diabetes and Save Your Life - Part 2

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In Part 1 we discussed what Diabetes is and how we get it and what some of the identifiable risk factors are for it. http://blog.themeatlife.com/2019/02/how-to-stop-diabetes-and-save-your-life.html

Let's go over carbohydrates and why they are such a big problem for all of us.

If carbs are the problem, how do I avoid carbs? Let’s start by defining what a carbohydrate is and where they come from.

Carbohydrates represent one of the three main classes of foods or macronutrients. Carbs are a source of energy; they are mainly sugars and starches found in plant-based foods that the body breaks down into glucose that the body uses to feed its cells.

Something I want you to keep in mind. Carbs are not sugar, but they turn into sugar inside your body. Carbs turn into glucose. Glucose is sugar, period. Whether you eat a loaf of bread, a bag of carrots, or a cup of pure cane sugar, it all hits your body and requires insulin.

We’ll get into this later but I want you to consider this, carbs come …

How to Stop Diabetes and Save Your life - Part 1

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First things first
Chances are, if you’re reading this you already have been diagnosed with T2D, are pre-diabetic, or know someone who is.

I want to state this up front so there is no confusion. T2D doesn’t happen in a vacuum and you have a very good chance of managing it and living symptom-free if you learn how to change your lifestyle and nutrition habits.

Many people are doing this now WITHOUT medication, using nutrition as their means to freedom. Food is medicine.

Read this eBook if you have diabetes and want to reduce your symptoms, manage your life better, or reduce your medications. This is a great primer and learning tool for anyone who is at risk or to reduce their risk of getting diabetes.

What is Type 2 Diabetes?
Your pancreas makes a hormone called insulin. Insulin’s job is to get glucose (sugars from the carbs that we eat) into your cells to be used as energy for your body.

When you eat too many carbs and your body has more glucose in it than it needs, two things will happen:

1. …

Is the risk worth the reward?

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So much debate about the long-term health of the Carnivore Diet. So much angst and worry is being placed on people that follow this way of eating. Anyone who is considering it has got to wonder why people are doing it and is it really safe? 
I know people look at me all the time and just can't comprehend how I'm surviving without eating vegetables. When I show them my bloodwork and medical data, along with my body composition changes, and improvement in the gym......they usually just shake their head in disbelief and retreat into a self-reflective silence.

The concepts behind why this way of eating works are not new and they are not even "fringe". It is a ketogenic diet that eliminates dietary carbs. The only reason it is seen as extreme, is because we've been told for the last 50 years that we need carbs, plants and fiber, in order to be healthy.

The science behind ketosis and low carb nutrition is abundant and becoming more so. There are many factors that have…

Getting this off my chest

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I don't usually get on a soapbox but I've been hearing a lot of crap from people lately and felt the need to vent a little. Maybe you can relate. Feel free to give me any feedback as to how you handle the hysteria you get from people just for not eating veggies.

The effect of a thing can be established in its ability to illicit change in multiple subjects without the subjects prior knowledge of each other or the stimulus that enacted the change.

If I stop drinking sodas and lose 20 pounds and thousands of other people do the same thing all over the world, and they also lose weight, is it safe to conclude that if people stop drinking sodas then they lose weight?

What if I stop eating carbs and only ate meat, eggs, and some dairy? If I see a handful of benefits in my health that happen to match a few thousand other people all over the world that I've never met, how can anyone tell me it's not healthy?

When I talk or listen to people that have followed this diet for 2,5,…

1 step to reduce your risk of Kidney Stones and Gout

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I’m going to share a story with you about a 64 year old woman who had kidney stones. In her own words, here’s how it goes.

“6 Months ago I had a very painful kidney stone and the urologist found two more waiting in the wings. I began drinking unbelievable amounts of water and then began the Carnivore Diet. Just had a urology follow-up and before the sonogram, the doctor suggested that I go on a Low Oxalate Diet since I had had "multiple" kidney stones. Then, they did the sonogram and discovered that I no longer have ANY kidney stones! The interesting part? Almost all of the foods on the "to avoid" list are carbs. Go figure.” - Claire D.

80% of kidney stones are made out of Calcium Oxalate. Any idea what food source has all the oxalates? I can tell you it’s not meat. Here is the list of foods Claire was told to avoid.



I see carbs and plants. If meat is so bad, why isn't it on this list?

5%-10% of kidney stones are caused by uric acid. Uric acid is a byproduct of th…

Carotid Intima-Media Thickness

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I've talked about my bloodwork before (http://blog.themeatlife.com/2018/10/bloodwork-update.html) and how it's improved since going to this way of eating. My doctor has been urging me to get a CIMT scan to see how healthy my arteries are after 8 months on Carnivore.

What is the CIMT?

The carotid intima-media thickness test (CIMT) is a measure used to diagnose the extent of carotid atherosclerotic vascular disease. The test measures the thickness of the inner two layers of the carotid artery—the intima and media—and alerts physicians to any thickening when patients are still asymptomatic.

Early detection may indicate the need for a more aggressive approach to managing the risk factors associated with heart disease and stroke.

Aging is a contributing factor to increased carotid intima-media thickness. Other risk factors include high lipoprotein levels, high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle.

Physicians use CIMT testing to determine the "age&q…

Eating less and still getting fat

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Calories in calories out.

That’s what we hear all the time. Did you know that more recent studies have shown that not every calorie is created equally?

Sure, as a general rule you can use caloric intake as a method to reduce your weight and even improve your fitness and health.

But it only goes so far. Reducing your calories for a long-term period can have some very serious side effects.

Here’s the problem with calories in calories out....It doesn’t affect any positive long-term metabolic changes.

When you use the amount of food you eat as the controlling factor for fat loss and health, you are constantly changing your bodies ability to function efficiently. Remember when I wrote about what our metabolism is and how it affects health? http://blog.themeatlife.com/2018/12/understanding-your-metabolism.html

Reducing calories means reducing nutrients. Fats, protein, carbs, and all the vitamins and minerals your body needs will be low at times, then high at times. The constant back and fo…