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Carb avoidance is a band-aid really. It doesn’t address the issues that have screwed your glucose metabolism. Sugar is made out to be the cause of all evil, but it’s the very fact that diabetics can’t use it that causes their problems – their cells are screaming out for sugar! Chronic hypoglycaemia can lead to a long list of symptoms, and it could explain many of your other problems. When the cells are starved of glucose, thyroid hormone can’t do its work, and that can lead to all the symptoms of hypothyroidism, even if your thyroid is in great shape. This is commonly a problem in diabetes. Calorie restricted, and sometimes carb restricted diets, can have a similar effect.

In any case, your liver has to work when you don’t eat carbs. Your body needs hundreds of calories of glucose every day, and it’s your liver that has to convert the (mostly) protein. If you don’t eat all the protein necessary to cover glucose needs, muscle will be broken down. Stress hormones initiate the conversion process, so they generally remain high. Carnivores live on this kind of metabolism, and they happen to have much bigger livers than us!

Fruits can be easily digested, but fructose malabsorption can be another issue that’ll cause digestive distress. They need to be nice and ripe too. Starch needs to be well cooked and eaten with fat. No one can really tell you what to eat. You need to experiment and find the foods that don’t spike your blood sugar and don’t give you bloating. Trying to balance carbs/fat/protein in smaller, more frequent meals to begin with might be helpful. If you’re in ketosis, your insulin sensitivity will be zero, so you need to gradually increase to your desired level. It may even take a month or two to normalise blood sugar.

I’m fairly new to all this metabolism stuff, but it’s well worth looking into. People think increasing sugar intakes explain diabetes and similar disorders, but they don’t take the simultaneous decreasing mineral/vitamin intakes into account and the countless other diet/lifestyle factors. Chromium, for example, is crucial to glucose metabolism. I’d never even heard of it until recently. Do you think people pounding Cokes and Cadbury’s chocolate-like vegetable oil and refined sugar concoction are augmenting their chromium adequately? This is just one example. Be sure to eat nutrient-dense foods and don’t give up investigating.