I want to share this wonderful note from a client with everyone, hoping that it will inspire others to eat better. I also want to caveat this with the fact that I put Malcolm on a lower carb version of Whole30/Paleo diet due to his type 2 diabetes, so his instructions were to limit sweet potatoes, potatoes, and fruit. Luckily, he tested his blood sugar regularly and quickly discovered that even a small sweet potato would send his blood sugar quite high, so he now has a small serving of fruit each day but doesn’t eat starchy vegetables. Prior to seeing me, his other dietitian had told him “you must be one of those people who can’t bring your blood sugar down with diet.”
For those unfamiliar with Whole30, the parameters are spelled out nicely in this book, but it’s basically a squeaky clean version of paleo, so he included lots of animal proteins, vegetables, nuts and seeds. He avoided alcohol, sugar, all grains and dairy. One of the reasons I feel he did such a great job (other than actually listening to my instructions and following them) is because he tested his blood sugar several times a day, so he had data on how his body reacted to meals. Data is a powerful thing! If you’re interested in learning more about how our modern diets are toxic for those with blood sugar issues, and would like to learn how to test your own, I recommend reading Wired to Eat, or you can work with me if you’d like personalized dietary guidance and surveillance.
This letter was written on March 9, 2017, about 9 weeks after he started the diet.
“Good morning Diana. As a result of our conversation yesterday, I am taking a few minutes to write a “Whole30 Testimonial” as you had requested. I am writing on behalf of Dusty and myself hopefully articulating why we undertook the program and sharing our success both physically and mentally.