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No Way Could I Ever Eat Like That!

No Way Could I Ever Eat Like That!
More than not, as anyone discovers my eating habits, their response is something like, "Oh, I could never eat like that." I tell them that it is far easier than they think and that their taste will change, but that never seems to convince anyone. Indeed, a Low-Fat Whole Foods Plant Based diet is a radical lifestyle change from the Standard American diet. That is why diets like Paleo, South Beach and Atkins are so popular; because it maintains all the favorite foods that are considered "staple". Living without them is just unimaginable. When I first started living on a Low-Fat Whole Foods Plant Based diet, it was an effort to survive Type-1 diabetes, but to my surprise, the results were far...
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Omnivore?

Omnivore?
Until the age of 36, back in 1988, I believed that humans were carnivores. That is, until after a very eye-opening education from my Type-1 diabetes journey where I learned that consuming meat, or any animal product for that matter, was a large influence on insulin resistance which is not a good thing! This seems mysterious, since it appears that humans have been eating meat since long before recorded history. It is widely assumed that we evolved eating meat and are thus, carnivores or at least omnivores. From personal experienced along with matching observation of others, I believe this is flawed logic. Also by observation, I have learned that humans are not the only species that consume i...
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Ken's Type-1 Diabetes Journey: Control

Ken's Type-1 Diabetes Journey: Control
My previous doctor(s) informed me that no matter how diligently I controlled my diabetes that I will still suffer diabetic complications.  I believe this is said because the conventionally prescribed A1C levels of 6 to 7 percent, for Type-1 diabetics are damagingly high.  Further evidence is that my energy levels are lower in the 6 to 7 range as when it is in the normal, non-diabetic 4 to 6 range.  In fact the difference in energy / feel-good level is quite profound.  With that, my interest was / is to maintain normal – non-diabetic blood-sugars at ALL times (70 mg/dl to 100 mg/dl); not just average or fasting, but always, even after an uncomfortably stuffed high carb mea...
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Sean Carney
Ken Thomas strikes again. What a wonderful blog! So informative and helpful. I wish every Type 1 diabetic would give your blogs a ... Read More
Saturday, 17 January 2015 16:15
Mary Jo Oft
Thanks so much for this excellent information based on your experience. I am still experimenting and your experience is quite a mo... Read More
Saturday, 17 January 2015 21:01
Sean Carney
Mary Jo, You are inspiring us. And, I hope many others will find this better way through reading your experience! Sean
Saturday, 17 January 2015 21:57
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Ken's Type-1 Diabetes Journey: Logs

Ken's Type-1 Diabetes Journey: Logs
In many of my Posts, I mention the fundamental significance of using a log to learn and manage my Type-1 diabetes, not to mention discovering the profound benefits of a Whole Food Plant Based Starch Smart diet. It has been requested that I provide a blank copy of my Type-1 diabetic log file, so here it is! My log has evolved over the years of my diabetic journey. The original log was for learning and discovery as well as diabetes management. As I have learned and gained experience, the log has condensed. I thought it would be good to provide both versions. Here is a link to the early version log: Early-Diabetic-Log.pdf Here is a link to the early version log legend and explanation: Early-...
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Sean Carney
Ken, Thank you for being willing to share these logs from your years of diligent observations! What a blessing!
Sunday, 28 December 2014 17:37
Mary Jo Oft
Ken, thanks so much for the log files you posted. I had just begun to log again today after breaking for the holidays.I really ap... Read More
Monday, 29 December 2014 13:51
Guest — Illina
Ken, Thank you for being willing to share these logs from your years of diligent observations! What a blessing
Friday, 10 February 2017 01:10
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Fad Diets

Fad Diets
There are countless diets inundating our society and they are all wildly different - most are polar opposites; some heavily promote a certain food while others say to never eat that food.  They all have an identifying trade name such as; Adkins, 80-10-10, South Beach, McDougall, Mediterranean, Engine 2, Paleo and so, so many more.  Over 700 different diets are listed at www.everydiet.org, and I’m sure there are even more because I am aware of a few that are not on the list.  Each of these diets claims a method by which the diet works and how it is beneficial.  There are even scientific studies that support the diet claims.  What’s interesting is that many of the stu...
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Ken Thomas
Please stay tuned for the upcoming sequel to this Fad Diets post. This Fad Diets post intentionally did not answer what is not a f... Read More
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 08:20
Sean Carney
Hello Ken, I am looking forward to seeing your continuation of this discussion! Sean
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 11:15
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New Kids on the Block: The New Health Club

New Kids on the Block: The New Health Club
One of our hopes for the Starch-Smart System Social Site (can you say Sally sold seashells by the seashore?) is to share resources that we find online. This week we were introduced to a couple who have started a new plant-based site which can best be described as a Plant-based Portal and Information Center. They have put a lot of work into gathering and organizing resources and I believe that the best is yet to come for them. Formost is some improvements in their web technology. One of the founders of this site also signed up today as members on the Starch-Smart Social Site. So, this post is to introduce them and their site.  The name of their site is The New Health Club and it is...
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Julie Anne Mihalisin
Thanks, Sean. Philip and I love what you are doing here at Starch-Smart and appreciate the shout-out.
Monday, 01 September 2014 19:17
Sean Carney
We appreciate what you are doing as well! :-)
Monday, 01 September 2014 19:55
Sean Carney
I did not realize that McDougall had produced a book for children using the Green, Yellow and Red lights analogy: Dr. McDougall’s... Read More
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 11:16
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Ken’s Type-1 Diabetes Journey Part 6: Glycemic Index and Attention Span

Ken’s Type-1 Diabetes Journey Part 6: Glycemic Index and Attention Span
As a Type-1 diabetic, the study of insulin and metabolism has been a subject of obsessive interest for the last 26 years.  From personal experience I have found that maintaining normal blood sugar involves more than simply injecting insulin.  It turns out that it is not entirely a simple matter of matching insulin dose to consumed calories.  Within the first year of my Type-1 diabetes journey, I discovered foods that result in the lowest required insulin doses and ones that result in the largest.  Additionally, the foods that require the lowest insulin also provide the greatest vitality, highest level of energy, stamina, strength and agility.  Later, I discovered th...
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Kens Type-1 Diabetes Journey: Part 4 - My Story

Kens Type-1 Diabetes Journey: Part 4 - My Story
The year 1988 was a pivotal year for me. Prior to 1988 and even the early part of 1988, my health and physical ability was median normal with all my friends and family. In 1972, I was drafted into the US Army and underwent basic combat training for service in the Vietnam War. My physical abilities were also median normal during my Army tour. After the Army, my occupation did not involve a lot of physical activity, but I did go to the gym, took up skydiving and went hiking as often as possible. I had my share of colds, Flu, stomach aches, joint aches and other illnesses just like everyone else. The point is; prior to November 1988, my health was very typical average. Then, at the age of 36 i...
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Sean Carney
Ken, Thank you so much for your blog. My brother just now subscribed to your posts and I hope his son will be here reading very so... Read More
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 22:48
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