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Type 1 Diabetes Diet — I Eat Almost No Carbs and My Blood Sugar is Still High! Charlotte’s Story

March 7, 2020

Charlotte Faith: My 24-hour insulin ratios
went from every 4 carbs to 1 unit of insulin, to now every probably 12 carbs to 1 unit of
insulin. Then my A1c, it got pretty bad in my opinion,
because I was, like I said, really trying to live a healthy lifestyle. It went from, still a 7.4% in less than a
year down to a 6.1% which was like, as lowest I’ve ever had. I actually had amenorrhea for seven years,
which is lack of menstrual cycle, and yet still like nothing. And then, I got my menstrual cycle back after
like 9 months, and that was just… It’s been regular ever since, for the past
4 months, and that has been such a blessing throughout this too, and my bloodwork only
continues to improve. I’m not on my thyroid, I was on hormone replacement
therapy, not on that anymore. Everything just slowly has continued to improve. I was diagnosed when I was 14 years old, in
2009. I was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, type
1. I was eating maybe 50 carbs a day, and when
I would want like a piece of fruit or something, maybe like half a banana or something, my
sugars would spike like crazy. And then, even on the days where I was doing
so well, and eating so little carbs, I would still have these like crazy spikes and it
was really frustrating because I was doing all the right things, so when I first found
the whole Mastering Diabetes thing, I didn’t jump straight into a lot of carbohydrates. I started with just cutting back my fats by
a lot, and slowly starting to increase my carbohydrates. From what they had suggested, things were
gonna change fast, and they really did. And that was really encouraging, and it was
just, almost like the best time of my life, it still is the best, but getting to eat fruits
and bananas, a lot of stuff, I was like, “Oh my Gosh, this is great!” So, it was something I feel so fulfilled in,
and also was a little bit (inaudible), because feeling so full from my food, like eating
so many potatoes. Like, I’m really full after eating that
stuff. I do homemade French fries, oil free. And that was another thing, I had joined in
on some webinars that they were doing, and they were saying like, you know, in my past
I’d always roast vegetables in oil and stuff, so I thought, “Oh, what is that gonna taste
like like? Oil free French fries?” And granted, I wasn’t eating French fries
before because they were too high carb, and it’s just funny, I’ve gone from eating like
cauliflower pizza crust to, I make now like a red lentil pizza crust. And it’s amazing! And my blood sugars are like flat line. I just… Yeah, I do oil free. I don’t cook with oil anymore. I’m not so restrictive that if I’m like at
my parents’ house or something and they have, I don’t know, made me like a plant-based
desert and there’s oil in it, I will, you know, let myself live and eat. I don’t feel like I’m so restrictive, like
things are so much better now that I even feel more confident to like, you know, just
not be so like, “Oh, I can’t that, it has carbs” or, you know, now in this case if
it’s plant-based, and maybe has some healthy fats in it, I’m not afraid of it. My 24-hour insulin ratios went from every
4 carbs to 1 unit of insulin, to now every probably 12 carbs to 1 unit of insulin. Then my A1c, it got pretty bad it in my opinion,
because I was, like I said, really trying to live a healthy lifestyle. It went from still a 7.4%, in less than a
year down to a 6.1%, which was as lowest I’ve ever had. So, that was so rewarding. Getting blood work done throughout this process
has been one my favorite things, because I’m just like, “Look doctor, look!” which
some of them have been great and encouraging, and others don’t really seem, they seem underwhelmed,
which is really disappointing, because you’re like “Isn’t this great? Shouldn’t we tell people about this?” But anyway… And then, my weight, it went… That was actually one thing that I was a little
concerned with. I’ve always been lean. People do say carbs make you gain weight,
and I didn’t think I was gonna gain weight. I knew that much. That I thought I might lose weight, and not… This is kind of like a separate subject, but
I had had a lot of thyroid issues, hyperthyroidism, and I actually had amenorrhea for 7 years
which is lack of a menstrual cycle. And I’m 25. That was something that was just on my mind,
I don’t know if I want to be a mother or have children, I really don’t know, but the fact
is that if that wasn’t happening that is something that a healthy woman should be experiencing,
and I hadn’t had it in 7 years. And I was eating lots of protein, eating lots
of fats, everything the doctors are telling me to do, and yet it’s still, like nothing. And then, I got my menstrual cycle back after
like 9 months, and that was just… It’s been regular ever since, for the past
4 months, and that has been such a blessing throughout this too. And my blood work only continues to improve. I’m not on my thyroid… I was on hormone replacement therapy, not
on that anymore. And everything just slowly has continued to
improve. So, yeah, my weight. I was concerned I would lose weight, because
I didn’t want to do that because I don’t want to risk not having a menstrual cycle due to
low body fat, but my weight has maintained. I definitely have to eat a lot more, which
is totally cool because for me, because big appetite. But, if anything I’m just… My clothes fit better because I’m not bloated. I think I just, I don’t know why, maybe eating
so much fiber, I’m just like you’re never bloated. And so, that’s always really nice. But yeah, all the numbers just keep improving. In the past I was probably eating maybe around
40 to 50 carbs a day, and now I’m eating anywhere from 220 to 300 carbs a day, which it just
sounds like a lot, but it’s easy to get down, that’s for sure. Energy is good. That was another thing too, that I just remember
like calling my brother, and going like, “You’re not gonna believe this, I’m eating so many
carbs.” I had to stop drinking coffee because it was
making me way too jittery, and I used to have like three cups of black coffee in the morning,
and now no coffee. I wake up ready to go, and yeah. I mean, felt good, energy, sleep good. So yeah, no coffee, it’s too much energy. I start to get jittery if I have it, so it’s
better just to have some hot tea with my smoothie bowl. So a day of eating is, my favorite thing is
a smoothie filled with like, I usually always do a base of bananas, and so it’s kind of
like nice cream for breakfast every morning. Love a smoothie bowl. I find my blood sugars do best with that,
and of course I fill it with like tons of spinach, and sometimes I’ll even throw in
some zucchini, and that just helps add some fiber in and make sure I get that nice steady
line. Then, for snack in the morning I usually do
apples with, either apples and oranges, apples and dates. I kind of stick with fruit up until lunchtime,
and then at lunch I’ll either do a massive salad, like huge, with potatoes or beans on
top, or sometimes I’ll do like a plate of oil free home fries and a salad with it. I try to include the greens or vegetables
with each meal, just because I genuinely love the taste of them, it never feels like I’m
scarfing things down. And then, dinner time I will usually make,
again, salt, oil free, but I’ll do like oil free tacos with some, not necessarily always
lettuce wraps, but we have these like potato wraps that we really like to use, or I’ll
do black beans and brown rice which is really delicious, if they’re really nice and seasoned. Sometimes for dessert we’ll do nice cream,
again at night, and that’s usually like… That’s a typical day. I don’t track calories because it’s hard sometimes
even just tracking like my carbohydrates. I try to write it down in like an app, I try
to get all the carbs, but now, in the beginning I was doing that to really be good, but now
that I kind of know everything, and my weight is staying good, then I don’t really track
calories. But in the beginning I was tracking and making
sure I’m eating enough because, like I said, it’s kind of hard to eat a lot of potato. Yeah, so I’m not sure. I mean, I’m definitely getting enough. Everything feels really good, my weight is
staying good, I started running a little bit which is just so crazy because I never was
too much of a runner, but I had the energy to do it. Like I said, my blog started out when I was
paleo and low carb, and now it’s made a total 180 shift and I put out only plant-based recipes,
that are oil free, and if they use healthy fats like almond butters or tahini, things
like that. Still a lot of savory recipes with wholesome
ingredients. Everything’s pretty simple, because a whole-food
plant-based diet is simple. So, in that case you can find me on,
I still talk a lot about beauty and just women’s wellness as I mentioned before, of like going
through all those kind of women issues, just help bring a lot to that topic. And if you want to just find me online you
can also look for, or on Instagram @IAmCharlotteFaith. If you told me a year ago, I… It’s funny, I even have a YouTube video about,
I guess a little over a year ago, and I was trying out a new infusion site for my insulin
pump, because my blood sugars were so out of whack I just thought “Maybe it’s my pump
site. I’m just I’m just am running out of sites. I’ve had it 10 years now, maybe things aren’t
absorbing properly. That’s why I’m having the highs.” And I ended up having a breakdown in the video,
it’s online, of me just being so upset with myself and doing all these things right, and
yet still having these challenges. And then, sure enough, a few months later
I found Cyrus and Robby and it changed my life. I tell everybody about it, and I’m constantly
telling people to eat their fruit, “Bring back the fruit bowl to your table.” Oh my Gosh, I used to go to people’s houses
and people had fruit bowls sitting on the table and nobody does that, everyone’s so
afraid of bananas now, and it’s like what the heck, they’re the best. I eat maybe three or more day. I would just say that, give it two weeks,
commit to it, grab someone to do it with you, and if you don’t like carbs, like I guess
maybe it’s not for you, but it’s going to not only improve your diabetes but your cardiovascular
health. It just brings you so many positives that
it is so worth just trying out. And it is not bland, it is so delicious. I can understand how it would be hard coming
from a really processed diet to a whole-food, plant-based diet, I understand that. But because I was paleo, and eating like I
was doing the right thing, but man, this is the right thing. This has really just been so inspiring, not
just for my own health, but my entire family has really been encouraged by this. My husband definitely wasn’t too… He was very skeptical, as I was, because we
loved our chicken thighs, so it was kind of like “Oh, I don’t know”, and he was very
like, “What am I gonna do without meat? Oh, my Gosh”, but now we don’t by ever. He doesn’t need it. He eats the same way I do. And we do a couple of recipes that are really
good. My lentil shepherd’s pie is his favorite,
and lentil nachos, oh my Gosh! He would eat those all day long. So, I definitely got him on board now. For me, the amenorrhea thing was such a big
thing, and it still kind of makes me emotional because I was so frustrated. I was doing everything that they told me to
do. And I did have doctors that were like, “Don’t
go keto. That’s not good for women.” And I understood that, and I didn’t want to
go. So I was still eating butternut squash, and
a lot of it. I was still eating carbs a little bit, but
nothing like I am now. And just the fact that I feel like… I was always open to the idea of plant-based,
I liked the idea of it, and I love animals, so I was like, “Whatever, I grew up on a
farm”, so I was okay with going plant-based. But I just thought “I have diabetes, I can’t
do that. I can’t eat carbs because of my disease”,
and for now to be able to eat as many as I’m eating. There should be nothing stopping you from
trying it, because if a diabetic can do it, then your working pancreas can definitely
do it. I promise it’s gonna make you healthier, and
it feels so good.

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  • Reply Raw Intuition February 27, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    Keep the testimonials coming 👍

  • Reply Anabolic Amaranth February 27, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    Cyrus and Robby are the real deal.

  • Reply Vegetto Blue February 27, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    Thanks for sharing this ! Keep it up

  • Reply S O N J A February 27, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    Congrats to her!

  • Reply Atheria PsychicGal February 27, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    I love her success story. Keep up the great work! I'm currently upping my raw food intake.

  • Reply sharon m February 27, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    Thank you soooo much for posting this. I started the Mastering Diabetics program a few weeks ago. I had been doing the Keto diet (Yes the Keto Diet) and in December of 2019 a couple of months ago I was diagnosed with Pre Diabetics!!! Cyrus and Robby absolutely know what they are doing. Blood sugar went down to 92 just after 2 days of the diet…I cried…..I am all in and won't look back!! Love those guys…..

  • Reply RipeApple February 27, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    You guys are a blessing!

  • Reply sabine c February 27, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    Good to see a Type 1 testimonial for a change. Congrats Charlotte!
    I chose Mastering Diabetes over other WFPB programs because I figured that as Type 1s, Cyrus and Robby have an authentic experience – and science – to draw from, not just theory and anecdotal evidence that other docs rely on.

  • Reply Mastering Diabetes February 27, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    Do you also experience high blood glucose readings when following a low-carbohydrate diet? Let us know!

  • Reply The YouTube February 27, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    Just bought the book. Ready for a change.

  • Reply giamozz February 27, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    WoW , sounds like you love living on the edge. It takes a lot of nerve to continue to eat high carb for a type 1. You are daring , i'll give you that ! 🙃

  • Reply kd2mill February 27, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    This is SO encouraging and I am so happy for her. I have experienced a few small spikes on a plant based diet, and at first, was discouraged. But I realize it is not permanent. My glucose numbers are way lower (by HALF!) on a plant based diet than on a meat and vegetables diet that my doctor had me on. I'm like Charlotte in that I can't wait to see my blood work in a few weeks.

  • Reply Will Taylor February 27, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    Such a cool story (as are all the stories on Mastering Diabetes). I was pre-diabetic and felt absolutely dreadful. I was eating very low carb diet with crazy amounts of meat, diary and eggs. I was exercising a lot too. So all my exercise couldn't deal with my high fat/high animal products diet. I was sooooo sic! I decided to go plant-based out of sheer desperation. I now only eat all plant based and don't use any fat when cooking. I eat 400-800 grams carbs per day, about 120-180 grams protein and try to keep my fat below 30grams (my diet is fruit, whole grains, beans/lentils, bread, lots of veges, potatoes, corn). I feel AMAZING! Always full of energy. I ride my bike 1-2 hours per day. Do all-body weight training 4-5 days per week and still get in minimum 10,000 steps per day. Everyone that knows me is amazed at my energy levels and how much activity I fit into my day. I get my full blood work done every 6 months and my results are consistently excellent. Very low cholesterol. Incidentally my testosterone levels rose dramatically after going plant based (it nearly tripled!). Plant based for the win. You will reap nothing but benefits and you entire outlook on life will change for the better.

  • Reply Janice Morris February 27, 2020 at 11:09 pm

    Not hard for me to eat potato, that is the problem…too good

  • Reply Cassidy Alexa February 27, 2020 at 11:29 pm

    Does she have Instagram? I’d love to follow her journey!

  • Reply Butt Cube February 28, 2020 at 12:50 am

    if you have crazy spikes eating no carbs either a) your basal is wrong, b) you are not using extended/dual wave/square wave bolus or bolusing for your food right or c) both
    You cannot control diabetes on ANY diet if you don't figure out the basics.

  • Reply Susanelizabeth Turner February 28, 2020 at 3:37 am

    Great interview. And, Faith, you're glowing!

  • Reply Mary Harris February 28, 2020 at 9:46 am

    you are doing so well. you look great girl. congrats toou

  • Reply Brittany Coutino February 28, 2020 at 10:47 am

    Vegan diet high carb💜

  • Reply Asghar Habib February 28, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    I don't get it! Their is two different people who advise, one with low carb high fat diet keto, second is plant based diet, i was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes last Aug, 2019, since then I started keto diet with fasting and my a1c drop from 14.5 to 6.3 within 3 months, after few days I'll check again so let's see after 6 months where it will reach, but this two different diets confused me… Anyway keto worked for me.. Am not so strict on keto I still eat whatever fruits I like..
    I refused to take metformin from day one, maybe I took it for 7 days then with keto and fasting I stopped taking any medication, doctor was angry of my decision, when he saw results after three months he said i have hard time believing you, how ur fasting glucose is 74 or in 80s every morning without medication, if it's true then your the best what I saw.. Clearly fasting and low carb worked for me but I don't know till when I can do it!

  • Reply S Loza February 28, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    From what I have learned from watching and reading about diabetes, I have come to the realization that there is no one size fits all. Low- carb has been working for me but that is not to say that plant base diets don't work for others. My take away is that we should find out what works for our body and follow that… without letting others dictate what we should or should not do.

  • Reply Lebens - Spirit February 28, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    Hallo from Germany, a question please. Your NEW book Mastering Diabetes is also written in german language? Thanks

  • Reply Chuck Carlson February 28, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    Very misleading title. Should have been something like "I Ate Almost No Carbs and My Blood Sugar was Still high".

  • Reply Solano94591 February 29, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    I’m thinking only healthy carbs?

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