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Protein and insulin. Why do my blood sugars rise after a high protein meal?

There is a lot of controversy and confusion over gluconeogenesis and the impact of protein on blood sugar and ketosis. I want to shed some light on protein, insulin, and how high protein meals impact your blood sugar. Some common questions around the interwebs include: If you are managing diabetes, should you avoid protein because […]

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the complete guide to fasting (review)

Considering the massive amount of research and interest in the idea of fasting, not a lot has been written for the general population on the topic. Brad Pilon’s 2009 e-book Eat Stop Eat was a great, though fairly concise, resource on the mechanisms and benefits of fasting. Martin Berkhan’s LeanGains blog had a cult following […]

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Dom D’Agostino’s breakfast – sardines, oysters, eggs and broccoli

At first, it sounds like a bizarre combination, but when one of the smartest guys in the keto scene says that he has sardines, oysters, eggs and broccoli as his regular breakfast I wasn’t surprised to find this diet scored well in the nutritional analysis. Before he started researching cancer and oxygen toxicity seizures for […]

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Are exogenous ketones right for you?

the truth on benefits and side effects of exogenous ketones and how to make endogenous ketones at home

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Choosing the right sized low carb band aid

This article identifies nutrient dense low insulin load foods that can help to stabilise your blood glucose levels and allow your own pancreas to keep up. Once you normalise your blood glucose and lose some weight the progressive addition of nutrient dense low energy density foods may help continue your weight loss and improve your […]

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The most nutrient dense foods for different goals

While a lot of attention is often given to macronutrient balance, quantifying the vitamin and mineral sufficiency of our diet is typically done by guesswork.  This article lists the foods that are highest in amino acids, vitamins, minerals or omega 3 refined to suit people with different goals (e.g. diabetes management, weight loss, therapeutic ketosis […]

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Balancing diet and diabetes medications

High blood glucose levels (glucose toxicity) and high insulin levels (hyperinsulinemia) are both bad news for your health. The highest priority in the treatment of diabetes should be to reduce foods that require large amounts of insulin. Over reliance on medications can lead to ‘learned helplessness’, meaning that people do not use a dietary intervention […]

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Do we really need carbs?

Current mainstream dietary guidelines recommend that we get 45 to 65% of calories from carbohydrates. [1] In line with these recommendations carbohydrate intake has increased as people have endeavoured to avoid fat.  During this period obesity increased from 14.5% to 30.9%. It’s fair to say that macronutrient composition is only part of the story, but perhaps if […]

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the Goldilocks glucose zone

The body requires somewhere between 160 and 600 calories per day from glucose. This glucose can be sourced both from ingested carbohydrates as well as the glucogenic portion of protein not used for growth and repair. Rather than raising blood glucose immediately, amino acids from protein circulate in the blood until they are required. Excessive […]

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is the insulin response to protein dose dependent?

The observation that protein requires insulin initially appears to conflict with a number of studies and anecdotal evidence that suggest protein does not have a significant effect on blood sugar. [1] [2] [3] I think there are two issues to consider. Firstly, a healthy non-diabetic will be able to deal with the blood glucose rise caused by gluconeogenesis […]

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