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Why I Eat How I Eat

Why I Choose Paleo ? Ive been a Diabetic for 17 years, and like any Diabetic would I have tried everything to keep my sugar levels at bay. Insulin pumps, Constant recordings of sugars ( testing my sugar levels up to 8 times a day), balanced meals, the works !!! Never in all 11 years has controlling my sugar levels been so pain free and easy. The nutritionists, dietitians, and doctors are all very quick to tell us to eat BALANCED MEALS, but they never explain what that means.  When they tell us to eat a balanced meals they follow that up by ” make sure every meal contains ( x )amount of carbs, (x) amount of protein,  and veg!, This is all too true but we interpret this in the completely wrong fashion. When most of us hear that is what our plate should consist of we think, Rice, Meat, Veg. Right ? …. Wrong! It is not Carbs that are the enemy, its the starch! Potatoes, Breads, Rice(white or brown). The Carbs need to come from a source such as butternut, sweet potatoe, egg plant, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, pineapple and the list goes on. You must include fats in the meal such as, almonds, avocado,olives, and olive oil (avocado is my fat of choice). And a lot of vegetables.

Now your plate will look like this: Butternut, Mixed vegetables, and a Protein like chicken, steak, Pork, or Lamb.

Never have I EVER  needed to give such little doses of insulin. I have no starches spiking my sugars so I have no need to give large amounts of insulin that causes them to go low. My energy and sugar levels are CONSTANT ALL DAY !. The energy comes from the the fats and carbs in the avocado and butternut( just an example), because my sugars don’t crash I always have TONS  of energy , not bad for someone with an energy disease!!

The Paleo way of eating is not a diet, but rather an eating plan for life. It is about Performance so even if Diabetes isn’t an issue for you, you could always do with that extra edge. Its the crashes in your sugar levels that cause you to want that afternoon nap if you know what I mean ;-).

SIDE NOTE: There is a vast difference between starch and carbs. Carbs and even starchy carbs are a very necessary part of a strength athletes diet. The insulin secretion after training is NB to ensure nutrients are absorbed but also so that they may maintain strength and continue gaining strength ( for eg. 100g of white rice post workout ).

This site is about two things : Firstly it offers advise on nutrition and exercise for those wanting solid facts and are not wanting to experiment with things that are too complicated, and secondly about what I do and how I do it. I am an athlete and I do things to the extreme so I may excel.

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About DiabeticAthletic (30 Articles)
A type 1 Diabetic and a firm believer that hard work produces the best results and that there is no easy road to success. Functional and Crossfit Training are my FAVOURITE training styles, "I train for LIFE, not to look good in a mirror! After all... What is a Ferrari , without its engine.." Nicholas Caracandas is the owner of City Bowl Fitness - Strength and Conditioning and has been in the game for just under a decade. With more than 600 clients under his belt and over 5000 hours of personal training completed his knowledge and ability to deliver results are unparalleled. Starting off specialising in Kettlebell training and boxing he became head coach and programmer for CrossFit Mother City's Strength and Conditioning program. He runs the Bikini Body Challenge at City Bowl Fitness which specializes in female weight loss and overall body sculpting. Being a type 1 Diabetic for 19 years he has a vast knowledge on Nutrition and healthy living with a vast understanding of tried and tested training methods capable of delivering any goals you may want and need. Nicholas works at 4 facilities around Cape Town and is the proud bid winner of a 2017 Government contract to provide services to profile government employees. Weight loss, lean muscle mass, sport specific training, performance training and injury rehabilitation are just some the services on offer. No matter your goal, shape or size he is one of the few trainers that offer a money back guarantee.

3 Comments on Why I Eat How I Eat

  1. Nice 1…I’m also on the Paleo eating plan, and it’s amazing how I feel, now that I’m dodging grains and potatoes…eating like a forager!!!

  2. Vivienne Caracandas // April 21, 2012 at 7:31 am // Reply

    Well that certainly got my full attention Nic and thank you for sharing….. I shall endeavor to follow the Paleo eating plan and am convinced that those sluggish moments will pass…

    • Just be aware that the whole point is more energy throughout the day and LESS insulin is needed. Be sure to adjust insulin as needed, as high sugars become a thing of the past ;_)

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