Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day

Aside

I’ve been MIA for a few weeks switching web hosts and working on my website.   But now I’m up and running again.  I plan to blog more consistently now.  I’m going to try and hold myself to that!

In my blogging “downtime” I’ve also been working on my website http://www.modernprimalexchange.com.  My initial vision for this website came after I realized there was no central resource for the paleo/ancestral/primal community (you can call it whatever you like).  My goal is for it to become a comprehensive list of all things primal: doctors, co-ops, dietitians, restaurants, books, links and more.  Some may think this is an ambitious undertaking but my reason for doing it anyway is three-fold.

One, as with all other “fad diets” (I don’t consider eating primal a diet, rather a lifestyle), I feel the focus ends up on marketing and making money.  This is not to say there isn’t money to be made off of this up and coming health market but it is very different.  It is not a get rich and get out kind of deal.  There are a lot of real people out there starting to take notice of the health benefits paleo affords and these people want true and quality products and services with the intention of receiving this long term.  Also, There are some great things happening in the paleo community but I as a mother of two small children cant participate in a paleo based event that lasts for three days and costs me just under $1000 just for registration.  That to me just isn’t realistic.  Connecting with those who make the same lifestyle choices as me should be much easier and much cheaper.  My fear is that by doing this, the paleo/primal movement will pigeon-hole itself and become just another trendy/fad weight-loss scheme.  We all know it is much more than that.  We should be setting it up for success.

Reason number two.  After being told I was Type 1 diabetic I thought about a lot of things.  I could continue to eat the was I was eating and allow diabetes complications to slowly kill me over time or I could choose to be proactive.  I chose the latter.  As any diabetic knows, it is not just a disease cured by taking insulin.  It is a daily battle with my own body.  Having two tiny innocent children I had to stop and think about what my actions will teach my children, from a health perspective as well as regarding character.  I would never wish diabetes on my children and if there is anything I can do to prevent my children from going through what I go through everyday then I will do it! Nuff said.  Thus, I am vocal.  Creating http://www.modernprimalexchange.com is part of my voice.  Who knows if anyone is listening.  But who am I if I choose to stay quiet?

Three. As I mentioned above, my children get a sense of my character not just by what I say but by what I do in conjunction with those words.  It is my duty to my children to lead by example.

With that said, http://www.modernprimalexchange.com is my passion.  It may be rather empty now but I am patient.  It will come together one day at a time and grow into something wonderful and useful.  Obviously the title of this post applies here.

If you know of any great low-carb doctors, or awesome CSAs in your community, or would really love to share an amazing book others should read, please let me know and I will gladly put it up on the site.  Here is your chance to get involved and participate in this growing health movement!

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Out With The Old, In With The New

Once you are diagnosed diabetic, Type 1 or Type 2, there is no longer just a yearly checkup with your primary physician.  Instead, you must now add to that a visit to your endocrinologist about every 3 months for an A1c, as well as see a dietitian to ensure that you are managing your diabetes well. 

I am very fortunate to have insurance that allows me to see doctors within the Cedars Sinai group here in Los Angeles.  I saw doctors in this group before I was diabetic and I also gave birth to both of my children at Cedars Sinai Hospital.  They have always provided excellent service. 

I like my endocrinologist, who, lucky for me is also my primary physician.  I don’t think that is common.  I also like my dietitian.  Every time I see them for an appointment they are at a loss for words at how well I am managing my diabetes (I am guessing there is a vast majority that does not???).  I can see the shock on their faces.  I pretty much run my appointments.  My main purpose for seeing them is to make sure I get my prescriptions. 

I remember my appointment with my dietitian to discuss applying for the pump.  As usual she asked me a bunch of questions and how I was doing.  But when I got to the part where I told her I  don’t eat grains she promptly chimed in to say “Well you can have grains.  It is good to include whole grains as part of a healthy diet.”  Whoa.  I could have schooled her right there but I decided to save her dignity as a health professional.  Afterall, my goal was to see her so that I could get an insulin pump. 

My next visit with her was after I had received my pump and been using it for a couple weeks.  It is standard for you to come in to see how you are doing and to possibly make basal rate and/or carb ratio changes if necessary.  Because the pump was new to me I had a lot of questions for her.  My last question, however, was a complete curve ball.  I asked her what she thought of paleo.  (Most who are close to me know that I follow a primal way of eating and that I truly believe it has helped me immensely in dealing with my auto immune disease, Type 1 diabetes.)  Man did I have her stumped with my question.  She stumbled over her words saying “Well I haven’t really heard anything about that.  I’ll have to look into that.”

As much as I like her, I thought to myself how the heck can you be a “practicing” dietitian who is not keeping up with current health news and reports?  I must amdit thought I half expected this answer from her because she is older and I imagine has been doing this for more than a couple decades.  So I left and left it at that.

About a week ago, I recieved a letter in the mail from her.  It was announcing that she had made the decision to retire and would no longer be my dietitian.  This was a standard letter sent to all her clients.  She was very instrumental in getting me on my insulin pump in a quickly manner and I am very grateful for that, yet there is part of me that thinks this is a good thing.  This tells me that the generation is changing and with that the current health and diet paradigms too.  We need new health professionals that realize and put into practice a new way of thinking about diet and health.  Health professionals that know you DON’T need whole grains and starchy carbohydrates for proper bodily funtcion.  Not only that but health professionals who know what “paleo” is, ones who will take a more whole body approach to diagnosis and treatment and ones that don’t look at me wide-eyed in amazement at how well I am managing my diabetes because that should be the goal.  I am very excited to see how this change takes place and you can bet that I will have my own part in this upcoming health revolution.