Episode 29 Diet, dogma and type 1 diabetes: finding the right approach for YOU
In the last several months I have written a lot about diet and nutrition on the blog. Click here to read about my recent experimentation and discussions. I have always felt like diet is a powerful tool that can give us the upper hand in our battle with diabetes–and honestly I feel the same is true for those who don’t live with it–and there is a lot of conflicting information out there and as a result we are taught to live in fear of our food or completely ignore it. In this episode I share the balance that I’ve found through applying risk management to this conundrum. It “saves my bacon” in the mountains and it keeps me on top of my diabetes when I’m in the frontcountry. Diabetes is risk management; applying a moderate and thoughtful approach gives YOU the tools to manage your risk rather than placing that responsibility on someone else.
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
I’m not a doctor or dietician and I don’t play one on the internet. I am a person that has devoted my last 16 years with type 1 diabetes to fairly intense experimentation. The results and opinions of that time are worth sharing.
Here are the problems: Science hasn’t given us a conclusive answer on what is objectively good–there is “old” research that the establishment draws off of, and “new” research that is disrupting the traditionally held dietary models. Many internet personalities have rushed in to fill the void with marketing specific diets that are meant to be the “truth”. Marketing is largely based around preying on feelings of fear and inadequacy. Social media groups are filled with trolls who berate anyone who has an experience that doesn’t align with their own. So where is the middle ground for those of us who want less intervention and more LIFE in our lives with type 1 diabetes?
That’s the reason for this episode: to share a system for figuring out a basic dietary approach that puts YOU in control and gives you the power to optimize according to whether your body is best fueled by glucose or fat. I don’t have an answer as far as what is best for you–that’s not my job. I believe that my system (which is basically a simple process of elimination) can empower you to make that decision on your own. It’s hard to get an unbiased review of things dietary, so I’ve done my best, on the blog and in this podcast to give you my experience and still leave plenty of room for yours to be different!
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