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I've finally come to terms with fat. Eating it that is. When I was first diagnosed the plan was to follow the standard ADA pyramid diet with the majority of calories at the bottom of the pyramid coming from breads and grains and the least at the top from fat and sweets. Saturated fat was as bad for you as inhaling uranium and to be avoided at all costs. Margarine or low fat butter(an oxymoron if I ever heard one) was highly recommended. Lean meat such as chicken and fish were encouraged. Bacon and sausage would make the devil thrive in your right ventricle. Drink skim milk only. 2% will create slugde in your arteries. No cream cheese. Eggs should be limited--oh and don't eat the yolk, the devil will lurk. Very little fat is acceptable. After all, diabetics are at a higher risk of heart disease. As a 15 year old, I listened thoroughly, took the medical advice and tried to be a good patient.

In the last few years I have eaten real butter. Do you know what real butter tastes like? It's AHHH....MAAA...ZING. I snack on nuts sometimes, mostly almonds. I eat sausage, bacon and steak. I eat eggs, yolk included. I eat things on the top of the pyramid. If you go on the ADA's website and search for the food pyramid you will find a short blurb stating that it is no longer in use as a meal planning tool. I find this disturbing, not only because I followed medical advice that didn't put me at an advantage against this disease, but because I don't know what kind of advice I am following now or in the future that could be detrimental to my health. So I have adopted my own philosophy for food, it's not original, but that its something I can live with, enjoy and feel confident that I'm supporting my body. I stay away from processed food, such as sugar-free cookies. What are those things made of anyways? I shop at farmer's markets in season and buy organically when I can. I focus on lots of fruits, vegetables and protein. I limit carbs, I don't avoid them. I've decided that eating real food, fat or no fat, is better than eating something that has been synthetically produced. People need fat. Even diabetics. If complimented with exercise, fat is your friend. It should be enjoyed.

My fat-loving ways were recently validated by my new endocrinologist. She suggested that I drink whole milk instead of 2% with my morning oatmeal or eat eggs every morning to decrease post prandial spikes. Drink whole milk? I gasped. And then I said, I like you.

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Tags: ADA, diabetic, diet, fat, food, pyramid

Comment by Lisa on October 16, 2010 at 7:37pm
Sounds like you've got it figured out. My favorite is sugar free fudge. Really, lol.
Comment by Sarah on October 16, 2010 at 8:27pm
Yes, whole milk makes things like cereal and oatmeal possible.. in moderation, of course :) The fat really does help curb the HUGE spikes. Now I get more modest spikes if I really can't resist.

My mom is convinced that her high-carb low-fat diet is "heart healthy" since she's managed to last 10 years since her heart attack - she has no clue that it's not and fat isn't evil, but I can't argue with her.. it's very annoying.
Comment by Gerri on October 17, 2010 at 1:34am
Great blog! Agree with you. I eat a fairly high fat diet, never felt better & my lipid profile improved. So much for the food pyramid. Unusual to find an endo who's supportive of your diet. Mine shakes his head at my low carb/high fat ways. I can't handle milk without spikes & oatmeal would send me soaring.

After decades of brainwashing, we've become a fat phobic culture. Low-fat everything has been a successful marketing tool. Never mind that the flavor & texture of fats is replaced by chemical additives, as long as it's low fat it's healthy--ha! I never understood why anyone would think something like Egg Beaters is a better choice than a real egg, or any other Franken food filled with soy & a laundry list of chemicals.
Comment by Lisa on October 17, 2010 at 7:49am
You're right, Gerrie, we are fat aphobic yet our society is fatter then ever!
Comment by BadMoonT2 on October 17, 2010 at 8:14am
I wonder how much of the current T2 diabetes epidemic has been caused by the food pyramid. Not so sure about T1 though.
Comment by The Diabetic Welfare Queen on October 17, 2010 at 8:30am
The food pyramid was something that was made up in the 1980s, by the AHA... who had really flawed research and studies form a man who cherry picked his data, to try to show that fat caused high cholesterol and heart disease... So, ever since then, we've strayed from a normal diet where fat played a key role, to this low fat/high carb situation that is incredibly increasing the amount of obesity and actual hearth disease incidents. Unfortunately, it is VERY hard to stop bad information once it's out there, and now almost all nutritionists and the medical establishment will tell people that they have to stay way from fat, and eat tons of carbs and grains... You can't even bring them proof about how that's flawed, because that's what they learned in college, and college could never be wrong... right? lol Now, a few nutrition experts are switching instead to Intuitive Eating -- which is just a fancy way of simply saying 'eat when you're hungry, and stop when you're sated, and eat whatever you want.' That has FAR worked better for me, through the years, at losing weight... than labeling any one food as bad, or good. Granted, I have to cut back on carbs now, a lot more than regular Joes would, because of the Diabetes (I don't take medications or insulin)... but it's FAR easier to live healthy this way, eating what I want... than what some outdated/flawed eating plan would try to restrict me to eat. Good on you for realizing these things. Some people NEVER get it, and sometimes it takes YEARS for some folks to get it at all...
Comment by Gerri on October 17, 2010 at 9:08am
An entire dietary belief system based on one flawed study--staggering. Don't know why I'm surprised when the same thing is happening with people being told that lowered A1cs put them at risk for heart diease thanks to the flawed ACCORD study.
Comment by Kelly WPA on October 17, 2010 at 10:19am
I went back to real butter years ago after hearing some of the stuff about margarine. I eat real eggs every day and don’t buy the low-fat garbage.

Here is an interesting article that someone posted on another board. It is a long read, but interesting and certainly fits in with the topic of your blog.

Comment by kirla on October 17, 2010 at 10:23am
The last time I evaluated my diet I found that I ate 20% carbs, 20% protein and 60% fat. Saturated fat was 12% of my total diet. A little high, but ok. I try and keep the saturated fat under 10% of total diet. My cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar have all been normal for over a year and a half now. When I was eating a high carb low fat diet my numbers were all very high.
Comment by SF Pete on October 17, 2010 at 10:27am
I never thought that butter substitutes were very good. The amount of butter I actually consume is very low. I figure it wouldn't be there if we didn't need it in some quantity. I do low fat cottage cheese and 2% milk. If you aren't eating scoops of lard, it should be okay. My lipid panels are stellar. The ADA pyramid and meal plan never appealed to me. Their meal plans seems somewhat punitive. Who eats 1/2 of an English muffin? For me it was a lot easier to figure out what I needed to eat and then work those things into the meal plan. We know so much more about food these days that it is entirely do-able. The less processed the better is a good rule of thumb. Doing this I don't feel like I'm being denied anything. My diet is varied and there's room for things that the uneducated think I can't have.


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