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No Diabetes without Leaky Gut

Recent research shows that you can have all the genetic predispositions to developing diabetes, but you won’t actually become diabetic unless you have a leaky gut as well. According to Wikipedia, leaky gut is a name used to describe intestinal or bowel hyperpermeability. For those of us without medical degrees, leaky gut means pretty much what you think it means – something is wrong with your digestive system that lets stuff circulate in your body that should have stayed in your intestines until eliminated in the normal way. It causes problems, and lots of them: bowel diseases, arthritis, skin rashes, eczema, psoriasis, food allergies, IBS, chronic fatigue syndrome, hepatitis, pancreatitis, and more. Dr. Leo Galland of the Foundation...

No Diabetes without Leaky Gut
posted on: Oct 19, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Back on the UltraSimple Diet for a Few Days...

Unfortunately, removing toxins from your body is not something you can do once and forget. Toxic chemicals and heavy metals are everywhere — in the air we breathe, in the soil we walk on, in the foods we eat. After I did the UltraSimple Diet in June, my food cravings all disappeared. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve started noticing strong hankerings (I won’t call them cravings just yet) for certain things in the not-so-good-for-me category. I’m putting myself back on the diet for a few days to see if I can kick those bad boys out before they get a strong grip on me again. I’ll keep you posted about how it...

posted on: Oct 12, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

How’d I Do?

I’m back from my road trip, and in terms of eating well, I honestly did not do as well as I had hoped. As I mentioned before I started my travels, I would be at the mercy of others for a lot of meals over the two-week period. I did pretty well until the visit I documented here. That started a downward spiral that lasted until I arrived home. Now, I don’t want you to think that I just gave up and gorged on whatever came to hand. But, after eating some things that were definitely not part of my food plan so as not to distress my relative, I allowed myself to tour a chocolate factory and...

posted on: Sep 8, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

After the Meltdown, What?

A few days ago I had some disappointing blood glucose readings and kind of melted down over it. (If you missed the post, you can catch up on it here.) There are three measurements I’m mostly interested in right now: blood glucose, weight and inches gained or lost. In past years I would have only cared about weight, but now I’m more concerned with the glucose readings. After all, the object of this whole effort is to reverse the diabetes and regain good health. Weight loss is a side effect of getting healthier. So I was totally ecstatic when I got some incredibly low glucose measurements during the active week on the UltraSimple Diet. Most notable were the...

posted on: Jul 14, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Help! I’ve Fallen Off the Wagon and I Don’t Think I Want to Get Back On!...

It’s been a rough week. Since my recent posts about my results from the UltraSimple Diet here and here, the ride’s been a bit bumpier. Some of the downsides: Having problems sleeping again Gained back half a pound Blood sugar readings back up to where they were before I started the whole program My stress levels are through the roof I’m an emotional wreck Some of the upsides: My brain is still unfogged I still have some energy Since my last posts about the diet, I’ve started the process of reintroducing possible allergenic foods. Food Allergies On July 4, I enjoyed corn on the cob at our cookout with friends. I even threw caution to the winds and...

Help! I’ve Fallen Off the Wagon and I Don’t Think I Want to Get Back On!
posted on: Jul 12, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Followup on the UltraSimple Diet

Here are a few of my thoughts a week after finishing the UltraSimple Diet. Pros, cons, and in between. If you have any questions or comments on this video or on the UltraSimple Diet in general, please Leave a Reply below to share your...

posted on: Jun 28, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

UltraSimple Diet — Was it Worth it?

My week on the UltraSimple Diet (from the book The UltraSimple Diet: Kick-Start Your Metabolism and Safely Lose Up to 10 Pounds in 7 Days) is officially over, but as I’ve discovered nothing in this program is ever as simple as the name suggests. The “week” has already become three weeks, with more to come: first was the prep week when I got completely off caffeine, sugar, wheat, and a few other things and did my shopping and preparation for the actual diet. The second week was the “official” diet week. This is now over. Day 1 Days 2 & 3 Days 4 & 5 Days 6 & 7 Now I’m into the third week, the back end...

UltraSimple Diet — Was it Worth it?
posted on: Jun 24, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

The Home Stretch: Days 6 & 7 of the UltraSimple Diet...

Day 6 On the sixth day, I was feeling really, really sick and tired of the shakes, the broth, everything. Can’t wait until I have a bit more variety in what I can eat and drink. I’m also looking forward very much to not drinking this foul lemon juice/olive oil cocktail first thing in the morning. It is truly disgusting, and every time I drink I my whole body just shivers at the first sip. The day went well, overall, and I was feeling pretty good despite not getting enough sleep the night before. For some reason, despite the UltraBath and the supplements that are supposed to help with sleep, I’m taking hours to drift off. Day 7...

The Home Stretch: Days 6 & 7 of the UltraSimple Diet
posted on: Jun 20, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Days 4 and 5 of the UltraSimple Diet

Day 4 The day started well, mainly because I finally got a good night’s sleep! I woke up feeling pretty terrific after about 9 hours. I checked my blood sugar first thing (I don’t do this every day, just a couple of times a week). Much to my surprise, it was 108. It has been running around 120, so this is an improvement. I also felt really energized. Is this what being healthy feels like? It’s almost scary. . . After lunch, I didn’t feel the need to nap for the first time since I started the diet. Instead, I went for a walk with my dogs. I checked my glucose, and it was 100 postprandial. 100! I...

Days 4 and 5 of the UltraSimple Diet
posted on: Jun 18, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Days 2 and 3 of the UltraSimple Diet

Day 2 My second day on the diet started oddly, and went down hill from there. Some of it was just life and would have happened anyway, some was diet related. All the information you need to do the UltraSimple diet yourself can be found in the book [ad#UltraSimple Diet Book], available at Amazon.com. First off, I woke up after only three hours of sleep. I tried and tried, but finally gave up on sleep and got up feeling like a zombie. Then there was a fracas in the neighborhood that involved the police. More excitement than I wanted to start my day, for sure! After that, my husband called in a panic. “Have you seen my wallet...

Days 2 and 3 of the UltraSimple Diet
posted on: Jun 16, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

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