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Another Success Story!

July 7, 2015

My name is Danielle. Food has always been a major part of my life and I prided myself on what I thought I “knew” about nutrition through my own research and the media’s information. Despite my so-called knowledge I had a very big sweet tooth, my diet consisted of a low fat, high sugar, low protein and high carbohydrate intake. I was constantly feeling bloated, fatigued, and sick. My fasting blood sugars had been on the high side of low and my primary care physician ordered a hemoglobin A1C to check my 3 month trend. I had also been struggling with hormonal imbalances and that was my original reason for seeing Dr. Fox. On my first visit, Dr. Fox after seeing my lab work and hearing my dietary intake, ordered a glucose tolerance test. This test involves drinking a highly concentrated sugar substance and for the next 3 hours they test both your glucose and insulin response. What my labs revealed was that I have insulin resistance. Meaning when sugar enters my bloodstream my body has to send out a large amount of insulin to transport that sugar back into my cell. Due to this high demand for insulin, sugar stays outside of the cell and causes damage. Insulin resistance is the precursor to Diabetes. When I heard this news from Dr. Fox I was in shock! I am a nurse and take care of diabetic patients all the time. I know that Diabetes sets up an inflammatory pathway in the body and sets the stage for heart disease, kidney disease and so many other inflammatory problems in the body. Dialysis and Diabetes are two things I see so commonly in my practice. Dr. Fox gave me two options, either I start on a medication to lower my blood sugar or I can change my diet. I chose the latter. He took the time to educate me on the ketogenic diet, a diet that focuses on high fat, low carb, no sugar and low to moderate protein intake. I also got a glucometer to monitor my blood sugars. He explained that it would take 2-3 months for my body to change from a sugar burning machine to a fat burning machine but that I would adjust if I “grazed’ throughout the day, meaning never letting my body come to a point of feeling hunger but maintaining a steady blood sugar level by having small snacks and meals throughout my day. I work 12 hour shifts and that seemed like a daunting challenge but through his counseling and reading the different books he suggested, I understand how crucial it is to stick to this way of eating. It is night and day the difference I feel today! I have energy, I don’t feel bloated or tired the way I used to and I no longer am codependent on sugar. This way of eating has truly changed my life and I am so grateful to Dr. Fox for taking the time and energy to sit down with me and analyze my diet. I must emphasize that this way of eating does require discipline to plan what you will eat and prepare meals that are appropriate, but I am continuing to find new recipes that are super tasty and delicious and it has become a delight to cook and enjoy them! Also knowing that I am taking control of my health has become so liberating, knowing that I am no longer setting my body up for major disease processes but am feeding it the nutrients it so needs to thrive and to have the best health possible! You can do it too!!!

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