Why I Do What I Do: Check This Out! (Plus a Little Advice)

14 Jun

I hope most of you read my last post about my high school classmate turned patient who after several years of “gentle” encouragement finally decided to go Paleo and has done great. He texted me yesterday after he read the post and told me he is going strong! He is out of town working, and is faithful to his Paleo ways.

I got a wonderful surprise this morning in my inbox in the form of a comment to this post. Here it is…

Thank you for “bitching” at him to change his life. You have also changed mine, I am his mother and I also have diabetes and he has convinced me to start the diet also. I am feeling so much better and my fasting sugar has gone from 178 to 119 in 2 1/2 weeks and I have lost 5 lbs. Great diet, easy to do and I am proud of him and the support that his wife is giving to him and changing the children’s eating habits also. Thanks again Dr G!

Now tell me, how awesome is that!   My friend had often shared his concern about his mother and his desires for her to come see me.  Of course, I would always challenge him that the best way to help his mom change was to change himself. Well, he has listened, and so has she!

I want to take a moment to really commend these two people for changing their lives and giving Paleo a chance. I do not have diabetes and I can honestly say it would be an extremely difficult diagnosis to deal with. I ask all of you to not only encourage those around you with diabetes to talk to their doctors and try Paleo, but to do so with compassion. Most diabetics do poorly with their diet mainly out of a sense of rebellion; they just don’t want to live the life of, or accept the diagnosis of diabetes. If you do not have diabetes, you simply will never understand what they go through on a daily basis. If you are frustrated with a friend or family member because they won’t “listen,” try to put yourself in their shoes. Compassion, not criticism will ultimately lead to success!

Pass it on…



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3 responses to “Why I Do What I Do: Check This Out! (Plus a Little Advice)

  1. Aglaee the Paleo dietitian

    June 14, 2012 at 11:39 am

    This is awesome! It feels so good to finally be able to eat people… and it is a lot easier to achieve when promoting the right way to eat! REAL FOOD RULES! =)

  2. Tim

    June 14, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I haven’t read it anywhere on your blog but have you checked how your caloric intake has changed (on average) since you or any of your patients started the diet? I know calorie reduction is not the main point of the diet/lifestyle but to be blunt it is the key to losing weight. Thoughts?

    • erniegarcia76

      June 14, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      Despite your bluntness Tim, I will have to disagree that calorie restriction is the key to losing weight:) If that were the case, many more people out there would be successful LONG TERM cutting calories and losing weight. I have read that less than 5% of typical “calories in-calories out” dieters are successful losing weight and keeping it off. The key is to change what you fuel your body with, and it turn your body changing the way it metabolizes and uses that fuel. I give my patients no instructions to count or log calories, rather simply to stay within the Paleo parameters. Those who do so lose weight. Pick up a book called Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes, it will be very helpful in you understanding all this stuff! Thanks for stopping by…


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