Diabetes, Bipolar and Fasting – More Great Information from iThrive

New health documentaries are coming out so quickly these days it is challenging to keep up. This series on diabetes has been great. I said about being disappointed with episode 4 but they were soon back on track. 5,6 and 7 all great!

Now I have episode 8 playing. The subject is fasting, which would seem to be the fastest way to reverse diabetes. Essentially you stop adding sugar to your body for a while, then the sugar in blood goes down and things start to heal. Okay, for a lot of us that is nowhere as near as easy as it sounds. It may also need medical supervision if you happen to be very unwell.

Food and mood are so linked that I see regaining the ability to fast, even if just going for 12, 14, 16 hours without food in each 24 hours can be hugely beneficial. It is a matter of retraining our digestive system and brain such that we can walk past temptation and only eat when we plan and need to be eating.

It is 1pm here. Last ate at 7pm yesterday. Time for my break fast. I like how it feels and that having skipped eating in the morning I feel okay to eat a big meal now… feasting – it goes with fasting.

If you are not seeing the links between diabesity and bipolar the previous episode is well worth seeking out. I’ll share my notes on that sometime soon.

 

Diabetes Bipolar Link!?

I believe there were 100+ reasons why after Prozac and before Olanzapine/Zyprexa I was prescribed lithium and came to accept that I was bipolar.

How much did excess carbohydrate consumption influence my mood troubles?

I am not going to claim it was my number one stressor/trigger. I’ll share about that another time, however…

What was I eating and drinking prior to being assessed by psychiatry?

  • I worked for a multi-national food manufacturers with access to unlimited half-price confectionery and a card for chocolate/candy dispensing machines position throughout the offices, without the need to use cash
  • I was consuming semi-skimmed milk (fat reduced but still 5% lactose = sugar!)
  • I drank orange juice = 10% sugar
  • I ate bread every day
  • I ate either potatoes, pasta or rice every day
  • I remember a few times checking how much rice I was consuming and finding it was 100g before cooking (dry) per meal, equivalent to about 400kcal – I believed this was a good thing!
  • I would eat a few biscuits and pieces of cake every day

Was I balancing all this carbs in any way by eating healthy fats?

  • I was minimizing use of butter, cheese and reluctantly ate lean meats rather than the tastier fatty meats
  • I considered avocados and olives to be too expensive
  • I considered organic foods to be too expensive
  • As a family we regularly fried foods in cheap non-organic toxic vegetable oils from plastic bottles
  • We ate ready-meals and fast-foods that arrived in plastic containers

I believed I had a good diet. As I said, yesterday, “Clearly, these days, good is not good enough when we start to look at food labels.

Did this High-Carb/Low-Fat (HCLF) diet cause my mood troubles? Well, it did not help!

As a food scientist I already knew what happens to animals such as cats and dogs if we were to feed them this kind of HCLF diet – they get sick!

I did not believe I was sick. I was a very busy person burning off all that carbohydrate my body did not need so I was not dying in the way pets or some farm animals would on such a diet.

Now, I am guessing the iThrive video series will get onto my next point/fact in episode 2, 3…

My diet was depriving me of just about every key nutrient!

I was most likely short of vitamins C, B vitamins including niacin and B12, D, E, K1, K2. So much of the carbs I was consuming were so processed that they were nutritionally of almost no use at all to my brain.

I’ve said enough for today. Right now, for one day only, here is Episode 2 of iThrive. Even if you can only spare 5 minutes just listen to the first 5 minutes. If this does not convinced that every disorder is made more likely by a high calorie low nutrition high toxin diet, please do listen to more.