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What Is Diabetic Athletic About ?

This is a blog for anyone who is interested in changing the way they go about their everyday activity and lifestyle, whether or not they are Diabetic, suffer from Osteoporosis, have Back problems, suffer from a lack of energy, Blood pressure and cholesterol,( the list goes on), OR who are super healthy and just want that extra edge.

My blog is about the way I train and what I do on a daily basis. Its about the way I eat, and what I have found through experimenting with my own Diabetes, what works best, what is practical and more importantly, what is applicable to our every day routine.

The method behind my blog is that the way eat ( Mostly Paleo & Zone), is not just said to work, it is backed up by science. Diabetes is an energy disease, and the way I eat and train are Taylor made to improve energy and most importantly performance ( weight loss is a by-product and just happens ).

What I KNOW, is that if something isn’t good or healthy for a diabetic, it most definitely isn’t good for you. As a non-diabetic you just get away with it for a little longer, but NOT forever! If an item of food causes the sugar levels of a diabetic to rise, it does the same to yours, whether you are a diabetic OR NOT. However it still causes your pancreas to secrete insulin ( to keep sugar levels at bay ), and it is the INSULIN that causes our bodies to store fat. In short, foods that spike insulin, causes INSULIN TO MAKE YOU FATTER, AND DRAINS US Β OF OUR ENERGY. (making us to want those 40 winks. πŸ˜‰

The exercises/eating methodology you will see and read about in my blog will not suit everybody. I don’t run away from hard work and sacrifice, I embrace it and I enjoy a good challenge, ESPECIALLY when it is I who will reap the rewards at the end of the day. Some of you might think “why should I train like that?”, “Why should I eat like that?” . In my posts an articles you will find the answers to these questions, and even answers you didn’t even know you needed to find.

In short I train for life and not for the mirror. I eat for performance and not for what my friends tell me tastes better. The heart is the most important muscle in the body so only training in isolation in a big “NO NO” for me . Losing weight and gaining muscle is a by-product of intense training methods, and my methods are for all types, male and female. My eating methods are not diets, as diets only last a certain period of time and then when they are over you’re are right back to square one! The way I see it you need to adapt and adopt an EATING PLAN that you can keep up and sustain forever, it becomes part of your daily routine without feeling like routine, it must be practical and NOT constricting.

I hope you will support my blog and I hope you find something/anything that you can take away from here that will benefit you in some way or another.

Yours In Training

Nicholas “TrainElite” Caracandas

23 Comments on What Is Diabetic Athletic About ?

  1. Thanks Nick i really enjoy reading your posts they are all super interesting and informative! Sam

    • Hey Sam, Thanks for your support! Im happy you are enjoying the articles. I will be sure to post at least 3 times a week. Let me know if there is anything you would be interested in me writing about.

  2. jason duxbury // April 23, 2012 at 6:38 pm // Reply

    hey Nick. Great blog sir! will bookmark itright away! that 7 minute workout is a mofo!

  3. I want to convey my gratitude for your kindness in support of persons that require guidance on this important concept. Your real dedication to getting the message across became extraordinarily beneficial and has all the time helped ladies much like me to reach their ambitions. Your amazing useful tips and hints indicates much to me and still more to my peers. Best wishes; from all of us.

    • Thank you for your visit as well as taking the time to leave a comment. I am very happy I am able to help and please feel free to ask me any questions you may have regarding your training πŸ™‚

    • Thank you for your kind words. Having people such as yourself reading and appreciating my info makes it all worth it !

      Please visit my FaceBook Page ( City Bowl Fitness ), or instaGram ( cbf_sc ).

      Regards Nick

  4. Thanks for all of your work on this web page. I am looking forward to reading more of your posts in the future.

  5. This is the exact Diabetic Athletic | Taking Control of Life, with Fitness and Nutrition Before Medication journal for anyone who wants to act out out about this subject. You note so overmuch its near wearying to fence with you (not that I really would want…HaHa). You definitely put a new aerobatics on a topic thats been holographic roughly for life. Good bunk, but eager!

  6. Thanks for all your efforts that you have put in this. very interesting info . “Either you run the day or the day runs you.” by Jim Rohn.

  7. This is the accurate Diabetic Athletic | Taking Control of Life, with Fitness and Nutrition Before Medication journal for anyone who wants to seek out out nigh this message. You remark so overmuch its virtually tiring to debate with you (not that I rattling would want…HaHa). You definitely put a new prolong on a subject thats been scripted some for geezerhood. Nice hokum, simply major!

  8. Collet Dunne // January 31, 2013 at 5:42 am // Reply

    Dear Nick, I’m Type 1 trying hard to get into shape again, but facing an unexpected challenge. My bloodsugar seems to spike after a training session. Sessions are short (10-20mins) and mostly cardio at the moment (running/cyclin), but today BS went from 4.7 before to 21.1 after. What is with that???

    • Shorter more intense workouts normally cause blood glucose to rise, so before I do a workout of under 20 mins I give about 2-3 units of my short acting insulin . If it is a longer workout that lasts anywhere from 30-60 mins I like to have my sugars at about 8mmol and a few gums ( for sugar) before I train . Please remember to be careful when giving insulin before you train and to monitor your sugar levels . Try write down or remember what workouts raise your sugar levels, and when doing similar or the same workout, give a few units before πŸ™‚ .

    • Shorter more intense workouts normally cause blood glucose to rise, so before I do a workout of under 20 mins I give about 2-3 units of my short acting insulin . If it is a longer workout that lasts anywhere from 30-60 mins I like to have my sugars at about 8mmol and a few gums ( for sugar) before I train . Please remember to be careful when giving insulin before you train and to monitor your sugar levels . Try write down or remember what workouts raise your sugar levels, and when doing similar or the same workout, give a few units before .

  9. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but
    I find this matter to be really something which I think I would
    never understand. It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me.
    I’m looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

  10. Iam Type 1 I find out 2 ago that I got Diabetic my problem is I dnt no where 2 start iam on Metforment 850 pills nw my weight is nw 109 bt I must weight 92 for my body my problem is I eat what I see tell me what can eat an what must I not eat I going 2 gym twice a week 4 an hour an a half the problem is the eating what will u say what is 4 breakfast,lunch,supper an what kind of juices pls I like chicken an sausage advice pls an what 4 DETOX pls

    • Hi Franklin. Hows the diabetes Control going ? 2 months diabetic is still very much in the learning phase. Honestly we are always learning. Diabetes is all about trial and error and finding out about what works and what doesnt. One NB thing to remember is that it needs to be controlled through Nutrition and exercise before medication . Im not saying dont medicate… What im saying is control it with what you eat and being active as well as with your insulin.

      Ps: not too many juices ! LOTS of Carbs and lots of insulin needed with juices

  11. I find out 2 months ago that Iam diabetic

  12. Hi Nick,
    I am a Type 1 Diabetic and Varsity Soccer Player for Ryerson University. I love what you blog about and find your insights very useful and motivating for other type 1s. I have started a blog that hopes to support other type 1 athletes , like you do. Would love some feedback – http://lukalee1993.wordpress.com/2013/12/21/type-1-diabetics-how-this-blog-can-help-you/

  13. I am trying to help a friend that is struggling with post delayed lows after intense evening practices. She is a 16 year old competitive volleyball player. Her mom is my best friend. They are following the doctors protocol and she is still going low after evening workouts- 5-6 hours delayed.
    I am trying to help find some info from sources that might have experienced the same issues.
    Any thoughts?
    Donna Floyd

    • Diabetes is all about trial and error. If you are noticing your sugars are dropping after training, that is because this is the effect exercise has on suger levels . That is why it can be so well controlled through exercise and nutrition ( what this site is about ). Dont get me wrong, medication is much needed ( insulin ), but the triangle works – Exercise and Nutrition BEFORE Medication.

      Shorter more intense workouts normally cause blood glucose to rise, so before I do a workout of under 20 mins I give about 2-3 units of my short acting insulin . If it is a longer workout that lasts anywhere from 30-60 mins I like to have my sugars at about 8mmol and a few gums ( for sugar) before I train . Please remember to be careful when giving insulin before you train and to monitor your sugar levels . Try write down or remember what workouts raise your sugar levels, and when doing similar or the same workout, give a few units before πŸ™‚

      If you are giving insulin prior to training and it always drops low after, start giving less insulin before those kind of workouts . If you give insulin after you train, eat something like 100g white rice, or a sweet potato to match that insulin.

      Just remember both exercise and insulin lower glucose levels .. If you have more of the one, take less of the other πŸ™‚

      I hope I have helped answer your question .

      Best Regards

      Nicholas Caracandas

    • Diabetes is all about trial and error. If you are noticing your sugars are dropping after training, that is because this is the effect exercise has on suger levels . That is why it can be so well controlled through exercise and nutrition ( what this site is about ). Dont get me wrong, medication is much needed ( insulin ), but the triangle works – Exercise and Nutrition BEFORE Medication.

      Shorter more intense workouts normally cause blood glucose to rise, so before I do a workout of under 20 mins I give about 2-3 units of my short acting insulin . If it is a longer workout that lasts anywhere from 30-60 mins I like to have my sugars at about 8mmol and a few gums ( for sugar) before I train . Please remember to be careful when giving insulin before you train and to monitor your sugar levels . Try write down or remember what workouts raise your sugar levels, and when doing similar or the same workout, give a few units before πŸ™‚

      If you are giving insulin prior to training and it always drops low after, start giving less insulin before those kind of workouts . If you give insulin after you train, eat something like 100g white rice, or a sweet potato to match that insulin.

      Just remember both exercise and insulin lower glucose levels .. If you have more of the one, take less of the other πŸ™‚

      I hope I have helped answer your question .

      Best Regards

      Nicholas Caracandas

  14. Nick, I love this article and what you’re doing.

    I’m a personal trainer primarily working with type 2 diabetes where food is THE key player in controlling and reversing the disease, so I really resonate with with adopting clean eating and not seeing it as a “diet”.

    I will be checking out this blog a lot more now that it’s on my radar.

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