I can’t believe this FUDA diet is almost over. I’m almost sad, but I’m sure a buttload of pizza tomorrow night will help me get over it.
That’s right, pizza has been chosen as the mutual mixed-meal postprandial competition between Sunshine the carbophiliac and Aurora the carbophobe.
In English, Aurora and I are going to eat pizza, a food with balanced levels of animal protein, fat, and carbohydrates, and take blood glucose tests afterwards to measure who has the superior glucose response. Seems kinda unfair seeing that I’ve dominated her so unmercifully throughout this experiment.
On morning 12 I took a 79 to 93 mg/dl victory. Today I won again by a similar margin, 85 to 97. Aurora, in her defense, did have some cyclic hormonal activity kick in during this window, which undoubtedly has effects on blood sugar (hopefully she doesn’t read this, don’t say I told you that). Still, 97 mg/dl for a fasting glucose test is enough to grant her a diagnosis of gestational diabetes if she happened to be pregnant – which she isn’t (hallelujah!).
In other news, I’ve been dropping a lot of comments about this experiment at low-carb blogs like Jimmy Moore’s ‘Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb.” I’ve gotten some hilarious responses. One lady mentioned that eating the amount of carbohydrates that I am without gaining weight might suggest a need to visit the local doctor. She claimed I ate more than she was when she was obese. Funny. Eating only carbs is about as fattening as drinking water. Strangely enough, the post was about glucose testing.
Anyway, stay tuned for the grand conclusion – to be posted Monday morning at the latest. That won’t be the end of my glucose-scapade though. I’ve got a great deal more glucose testing to do on various diets, including a high-carb diet that contains tons of animal fat, high-carb with animal protein, hardcore HED, and eventually the milk diet.
But one thing we can all bank on – the glucose and insulin mystery is much more complex than either low-carb or low-fat advocates purport. No one should conclude, like Gary Taubes has for example, that carbohydrates = insulin = fat. The following Fuhrman quote is more accurate than Taubes’s sum conclusion – more in alignment with T.L. Cleave or M.F. Stone (that’s me stoopid):
“So, it is certainly true – as the advocates of animal-food-rich diets, such as Atkins, Heller, Sears, and other proclaim – carbohydrates drive up insulin levels temporarily. These writers, however, have not presented the data in accurate fashion. A diet revolving around unrefined carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes) will not raise blood sugars or insulin levels. Studies have shown that such a diet can reduce fasting insulin levels 30-40 percent in just three weeks. Obviously, a low-fat diet that is high in refined sugars and refined carbohydrates and low in fiber is not a healthy diet. To lump refined and unrefined carbohydrates together is inaccurate and misleading.”