Keto Interview with a Type 1 Diabetic: INTERESTING

hey everyone welcome back i have a a guest 
that i'm gonna interview today special guest   actually she works for me and christie is here 
hi christy hi hey listen the reason i'm bringing   you up is because um you had or you may still 
have uh diabetes type one and i wanna know a   little bit about your story so tell us about your 
story okay uh so i have was i led a normal life   most of my life you know up until my second 
child my daughter uh during that pregnancy   i was diagnosed with gestational diabetes and um i 
was immediately put on insulin because managing it   was very difficult with diet it was unmanageable 
with diet so they put me on insulin very quickly   and then they gave me the typical you 
know reduce your carbs but i was still   recommended to eat like 20 to 30 grams 
of carbs a meal um so that really wasn't   working i was using a lot of insulin and 
then i had my daughter teagan and they just   assumed i went back to normal and of course 
like i wanted to go back to normal so i just   said okay i'm normal and i went back to 
doing everything that i was doing before   i stopped the medication and stuff and then um 
about a year after i had her i started to notice   symptoms like i was losing a lot of weight i 
wasn't really like watching my diet either so that   didn't really make sense for me and i was very 
tired i was urinating frequently so i just decided   one day to check my blood sugars because i had 
the stuff from when i was pregnant and uh when i   checked i was like 450 or something like crazy oh 
my god so um i immediately knew i was a diabetic   and i just assumed that i was a type 2 because 
i didn't know anything about diabetes so when   i went to the doctor they also assumed that 
because my mom and my dad and in my family   so um that's what they diagnosed me with with type 
2 diabetes and they gave me metformin and told me   to lower my diet which um i did i was very strict 
low carb the way i thought i should be doing it um   and nothing was you know i was still high and 
then you know fast forward a couple months we go   off the grid so we're traveling in our rv it's 
very hard to keep fresh fruits and vegetables   so um i kind of just started not caring i i was 
like well my mom and my grandma are still alive so   who cares you know i didn't i didn't really think 
so i just stopped managing it basically i would   every once in a while check my blood sugars and 
i was high and i would treat it with some insulin   it was just a very dangerous you know thing that i 
was doing and then um we settled down in missouri   and i started noticing like the frequent urination 
the um i was always tired i was also starting to   not be able to feel my feet and my hand 
my tongue i was having spots in my eyes so   i realized it was really important to get serious 
about it and i started doing some research   and um i found keto as a way to reverse the type 

So i thought about it but i didn't do it you   know and then i went to the doctor they said 
your a1c is 10 and a half you need to start using   insulin and that's when i left that appointment i 
was like i knew insulin makes you gain weight and   that's always been something i've been concerned 
about so at that point i said i'm going to   do something different and i found like so 
you your a1c was 10 10 point something okay   yeah okay because normal edge should be like five 
point five yeah okay right right it was very very   high and uh that's when they were like we've got 
to do meal time insulin and all of this and i was   like no no you know i'm too young i don't want to 
do that so i started to do the healthy keto and   doing more research i found doctors like dr you 
dr berg and then dr fung on the type 2 and how   if you change what you're eating and intermittent 
fast you can reduce that so i was super excited   i was ready to do it my husband got on board 
with me and um then i stopped doing the insulin   because i thought i checked with my doctor they 
said you are definitely a type 2 so go ahead and   give it a try so i did that and um then i 
also cheated a little bit so i got really   into ketosis and then i did i went and saw 
some friends in st louis and started to   i for that one meal i just went overboard so i was 
like in the 500s after that meal and i never came   back down and i ended up going into dka because 
i was in st louis without my insulin and dka   oh is diabetic ketoacidosis yeah so that's a 
situation where you have this very very high   blood sugar and very low insulin because you're 
not taking it and your ph becomes very acidic it   can be very dangerous and that never occurs 
unless you're you have type one or you have   it's just not you're not controlling your blood 
sugars but go ahead right and my i did end up um   i went to the emergency room because i went a few 
days thinking i had the flu and then i got to the   point where i was unable to breathe and and that's 
when i went to the emergency room and they uh   in the hospital they put me in the icu and in the 
hospital they were trying to give me insulin and   i was like no i don't want that stuff like i 
don't need it i'm a type 2.

And they were like   looking at me i'm 91 pounds and they're like no 
like your blood sugars are way too high for you   being in a fasting state you need insulin and they 
came and they told me you're a type 1 diabetic   we're going to do all the tests to confirm 
that but that's our belief so that was like   a really hard thing to process um and then 
when i i left the hospital i still knew   i was going to do low carb because i didn't want 
to be doing a lot of insulin and um so that's just   what i've been doing so within it within six 
months my a1c went from 10 and a half to 6.3   and then uh by the year i was at 5.5 and i 
think when i go i'm gonna go in february again   i'll probably be a little higher because like 
some things have happened stress i did like fall   off a little bit and i allow things in you know 
sometimes when i shouldn't so i do think my a1c   is probably closer to six now um but i'm jumping 
back in i you know things have settled down with   the stress actually just a you know the stress 
is my my mom uh she's a type two uh but we think   maybe she might be a type one but we you know but 
she's a type two and not managing her blood sugar   so she actually was found unconscious in a coma 
and she was in that state for quite some time   so that really like at that moment stressed me 
out and i did some cheating but now it's kind   of really like seeing her recovery how slow it is 
she's needing a lot of assistance a lot of therapy   and she needs people to care for her she's been 
stuck in the hospital where they're not managing   her diabetes well at all which is making it 
worse and it just reminded me like why i'm   doing what i'm doing i don't want to do that 
to my family i don't want to do that to myself   so when i'm doing low carb i get to 
use such little amounts of insulin that   concern is really not present you know if i do go 
low it's very easily corrected so um that's you   know that's kind of my story and why i'm doing it 
i started an instagram page and then just finding   this job because you know nobody wants to hear you 
talk about keto but i get to do it all day long   you know so i just feel so blessed because you did 
that's the other part my kidneys were failing and   they wanted to put me on medication and i knew 
based on like the videos i'd watched from you   you know making sure i have plenty of potassium 
in my diet that i would be able to protect my   kidneys and reverse it and i and now my kidney 
function is completely normal wow i'm happy with   this and i don't have anything that is so awesome 
so uh what christy does uh she's actually one of   my keto consultants so she helps people on the 
phone she answer questions and you have a lot of   personal experience so that is so valuable 
question i have a couple questions number one   when you are pregnant did you just have regular 
carbo meals what did you eat while you're pregnant   with the trigger of this 
whole in the beginning i just   yeah in the beginning i was just eating normal 
what was that like carbo food i mean fast food   i wasn't a big cooker i and i was very tired with 
that pregnancy so and i think that might have been   because also i got diagnosed during that pregnancy 
with hypothyroidism or the hashimoto's so um i was   really tired and then i got really sick too so 
i was very lazy i you know it was frozen pizzas   taco bell you know fast food it was not healthy at 
all but then when they told me about the diabetes   i did try very hard but i was doing things like 
toast and peanut butter thinking that was good for   me and it wasn't wow this this is what so so i'm 
so interested in creating more videos on what to   eat while you're pregnant because so many women 
they don't think it's a big deal but oh my gosh   it can be a huge deal um not just for yourself but 
you know you're carrying a baby um so so presently   right now um you still have to take insulin 
but you're not taking as much to control things   oh my gosh it's so little yes i mean i do and when 
i'm really getting into it and i'm adding workouts   i get down to i mean total and this is long 
lasting and meal time insulin i'm doing like   at max six units a day so um that's like so little 
yeah and when you think about all the money that   you're saving you know and the you're also saving 
yourself from further health complications because   you know industrial size doses of insulin are 
not good for our bodies whether you're a type one   or not you know we we may need it but we 
don't need that much though right and so   this is another good point i want to mention is 
the um the complications of high blood glucose   are kind of similar to the complications of high 
levels of insulin so and the more carbs you have   the more insulin you have to take so why even go 
that direction because the high insulin is going   to create some problems too and and also where 
is the carbs going when you take insulin are they   just evaporating now they're actually being shoved 
in different places in your body and converted to   different things um what what would you say that 
a normal type 1 diabetic how much insulin are they   taking per day do you have any idea so i would um 
yeah because i follow some people on instagram and   i i mean and just going from what i was taking 
before i changed my diet and then even currently   if i do have a pizza pizza um you know i have to 
take 20 units of mealtime insulin and that still   doesn't cover it or it it's too much and then i 
have a low that's scary you know so um i would   say like they would be doing 50 plus units a day 
and it probably just increases over time because   uh you know the insulin resistance is taking 
place you know and then it's funny because my   doc one of my the nutritionist uh at my doctor's 
office when i went i was like well my a1c is 5.5   because she was trying to you know fix my diet and 
i was like i got it you know i know what to eat   and i was like my a1c is 5.5 and she was like oh 
well that will probably creep up over time because   your pancreas is gonna stop working even more and 
i'm like no it's pretty much done working you know   like this is this is if it goes up it's because 
of my diet and i know i'm ready for it i'm gonna   be disappointed in myself but i know it's gone 
up a little bit because of that period of time   and i just want to add the reason not cheating 
is is so important it's not just that like okay   yes in a moment my blood sugar was 300.

It was 
hard to undo that cheat you know i i did it in one   moment thinking oh i'm just gonna eat whatever i 
want right now because i'm so stressed and then i   wanted to do it the next day and then i wanted to 
do it the next day and it's so hard to break that   so it's like once you get that momentum i was 
at 5.5 like i i don't think i'll go back again   regardless of my stress because it's not worth it 
like it just takes so long and like you said the   sugar doesn't just evaporate it gets put places 
and it takes me like a week to see that completely   out of my body even when i'm eating healthy my 
blood sugars are higher because i'm getting rid of   all the other the sugar that i ate you know that 
it stuffed in my liver and so yeah you know that's   why i always i always tell people it's actually 
good to go off the program just just to experience   this because that way you know you can actually 
have judgment so no one's like telling you you   have to do this but you you know how your 
body works you know if i actually go off   the program it's not going to be off for a couple 
hours you're talking about days yeah just a little   bit and this is also for the average person 
that's trying to lose weight so i think for   me i was a junk food junkie in my 20s i'm 30 now 
so that good that's good so what happened is um i   uh i was so bad but it took me it took me years to 
change my ways because i had to keep experiencing   this painful side effects and consequences to 
finally says okay that's it i'm going to actually   have discipline now but i think some some people 
you know they have to learn on their own and   then they have this shift of like you know what 
okay i'm going to do it now for real so and you   can't really tell people that you can encourage 
them but they have to kind of go through this   thing i'm like okay go off the program see how you 
do and then exactly why is it taking so long to   get back on the track well yeah it's an addiction 
it really is an addiction and and it like pops in   your head you know like you have it one day and 
the next day now you're like oh i want that again   and i want to win you know and it really is 
it's a addiction so i'm i think like just   seeing everything that's going on with my mom like 
firsthand i've heard you know i've heard people   experience that but dealing with it myself and 
seeing how frustrating it is right when i was in   dka i had the ability to tell them what i wanted 
but she can't you know she's unable to communicate   how to manage her diabetes not that she was doing 
it great you know obviously right but um you know   now that i'm involved i'm gonna try to help 
her and i just feel like i got there too late   but this is where we are and it really hasn't 
opened my eyes to say okay the cheats are not   good anymore like i'm done i don't want to do 
it anymore i don't and and i've been feeling   great so i'm gonna i'm seeing the course so i'm 
curious um when i broke my elbow demolished it   shattered it i had to go to the hospital 
to get surgery so uh so i get in there and   then i'm like wait a second i didn't bring my 
food with me and of course they i wake up and   they have crackers jello pudding and i'm asking 
for some protein or something and they're like   looking at me strange now i'm curious if 
you're a diabetic and you're in the hospital   um is there any any shift of anything other than 
the same thing it's so bad dr berg okay because   for the diabetic diet right they knew i was 
a diabetic they brought me biscuits and gravy   and i was i said to the guy when he was handing 
it to me i said this is not low carb and i was   like i just want eggs with cheese and bacon like 
that's all i want i don't want the biscuits in the   gravy and he's like oh well the biscuits see and 
they're only three grams of carb i was like what   world are you living in right now you know like 
no just i don't know who typed this sticker up   but no i'm going to tell you right now doctor like 
this is not three grams of carbs this is like 50   or 60 grams of carbs and it's gonna spike me i'm 
not eating it and um i had to tell them but still   with my mom she was unconscious they were just 
giving her this feeding tube which you know that   stuff is terrible and then when she did start 
eating they were giving her pancakes spaghetti   toast bagels and no matter what i said to them on 
the phone they just kept doing it and she ended up   with serious lows in the hospital going low with 
in the hospital's hair how is that even possible   and i know and they're also dosing her after 
her meal so they're chasing the high which is   very dangerous because the blood sugar will 
lower on its own you know after it raises so   it's just a very d it seems so contradictory 
you're supposed to be there and they're supposed   to care for you and you can't trust that anymore 
you have to be able to advocate for yourself incredible so um anyway i wanted to say one last 
thing um and for those of you that are watching   you definitely need to um we can actually give 
you the right eating plan so i'll put a link   down below and um so this is what i wanted to 
tell you i stumbled on your blog which is a   fascinating blog it's actually off it's called 
off the grid what off the grid street and uh   so you basically you have you do videos of like 
you guys are living i guess it's a farm isn't it   well we're trying to start it you know we're 
trying it's very slow going again this job has   been such a blessing for our family because i 
don't have to leave the home to do my job so   that's helping a lot with the progress so right 
now we're focusing on building our tiny house   um we will get some more chickens and we do want 
our own farm we want to be able to make our own   food and um be self-sustainable that's our goal 
so it's been slow going sometimes it gets a little   you know defeating so but we're still pushing 
forward and i'm so excited that you saw our video   that's so cool oh yeah i was watching all sorts 
of videos so for those of you watching i want you   to go to that her blog right now put a link down 
below and subscribe because it's actually pretty   cool very very cool thank you awesome well 
thanks so much for uh spending the time and   i think you probably have to get back to work 
right why i got the phone call okay great awesome

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