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Spud Fit!

Spud Fit!
Andrew Taylor has done an amazing thing.  Through research and taking matters into his own hands, he found a win, win ... win way to break food addiction.  And, he has even created the Spud Fit website to share his multiple wins with everyone. I am very impressed with his clear, logical thinking that took him on a one year potato only adventure to cure food addiction!  His success, however, far exceeded his original goal. Andrew's December 2016 blog strongly resonates with my personal experience.  I feel a connection between his blog and the "Shangri-La" that I wrote about in an August 2014 blog.  Andrew types, "The 'experts' also don't seem to understand - or bother...
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Insulin Resistance Insulin Sensitivity

Insulin Resistance Insulin Sensitivity
As a Type-1 Diabetic and due to the manner in which I learned to manage it, Insulin Resistance became a passionate topic for me as it is a fundamental element of metabolic control. I learned that the lower the insulin resistance, the less insulin I had to inject and the better I felt. However, it wasn’t until two and a half decades later that I discovered that there was actually a technical term for this metabolic relationship; Insulin Resistance. What is insulin?Insulin is a hormone that enables the metabolism (“burn rate”) of glucose. Insulin is produced by a portion of the pancreas and is secreted into the blood stream. It is produced in direct response to the level of glucose in the blo...
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Sean Carney
Fantastic post Ken! Wow. I am so grateful for such a good resource to share with others. That is what I am doing now. Sharing ... Read More
Friday, 24 April 2015 18:11
Nancy A Kalis
Thanks Ken for this really informative post. My 23 year old daughter has just been diagnosed as insulin resistant and hypoglycemi... Read More
Monday, 27 April 2015 16:27
Ken Thomas
Hi Nancy, Thank you for the kind words. I really look forward to your daughter's improved health! About your question: "One q... Read More
Monday, 27 April 2015 17:57
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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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Diabetes! What is it? What’s the risk? What can I do?

Diabetes!  What is it?  What’s the risk?  What can I do?
The percentage of diabetes cases are skyrocketing in the US and many parts of the world. How do you know if you are at risk? Is it genetic? Is it lifestyle? Is it preventable? A clear understanding, even if simplified, is your best defense against becoming diabetic and becoming non-diabetic if you already are. By definition, diabetes is the condition of chronic high blood-sugar. There are two basic types of diabetes; Type-1 and Type-2. Both types are due to an insulin issue. Type-1 diabetes is due to an autoimmune condition where the insulin producing cells in the pancreas have been amputated by the immune system. As with any amputation, they will not grow back. This leaves the vi...
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Ken Thomas
It has been pointed out that the sentence in the last paragraph that reads, "The very fortunate thing is that diabetes is easy to ... Read More
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 09:12
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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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Fad Diets Part 2

Fad Diets Part 2
The previous Fad Diets post did not answer what is not a fad diet.  Instead, the post was to point out how fad diets are not only possible, but almost impossible to avoid.  It was to point out how deeply diluted truth and reality is by all the noise of opinion, false associations and cascading strings of if-then assumptions taken as fact. So now, part 2 is what I believe is the true optimum human diet and how I arrived at that belief.    I feel very fortunate to have learned about diet and nutrition with minimal noise.  My initial (and only) Type-1 diabetes hospital stay painted a very bleak picture of the future to come.  My blood-sugar was wildly out of cont...
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Mary Jo Oft
Thanks so much for sharing your experience with a low fat plant based diet on type 1 diabetes. you have no idea how much you have ... Read More
Sunday, 23 November 2014 19:33
Ken Thomas
Hi Mary Jo,And… you have no idea how, after decades of having to keep quiet about something I feel so wonderful about and now fina... Read More
Monday, 24 November 2014 08:37
Sean Carney
Ken, Can you provide a copy of a blank log file? I wonder if we should make one available for download? Sean
Monday, 24 November 2014 08:49
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Oh no! Not that protein question again!

Oh no!  Not that protein question again!
“Where do you get your protein?” has become such a common question it is almost comical. Most of the answers I see are along the line of, “well, you don’t really need all that much protein”. While that is indeed true, it doesn’t seem to be very convincing to the average meat eating American. I guess the geek in me makes me lean towards a physics point of view. With that, I like to point out that ALL protein comes from plants. Yes, every molecule of protein in every muscle in every animal on this planet, all came from plants. Animals that eat animals still get their protein from plants - they just get it second-hand. There are major benefits to getting your protein, first-hand, from the ori...
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Sean Carney
Right on target. What a great post. Thanks for the nerdy analysis. :-)
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 13:27
Paige Patrick
Hi Ken! On the topic of protein sourcing--a dear family friend emailed me a link to an article written in the Huffington Post that... Read More
Friday, 10 October 2014 11:52
Ken Thomas
Thank you, Paige, for those wonderful links and WELCOME to Starch-Smart!Just a couple of my favorite success stories are Ruth Heid... Read More
Saturday, 11 October 2014 17:26
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Sacrifice?!

Sacrifice?!
Almost always, when describing a low-fat Whole Foods Plant Based Starch-Smart lifestyle with most people, their response is something like, “Oh, I could never give up my [some sort of meat], and cheese, [etc.]”. The unfortunate truth is that they literally do not know what they are missing. When it comes to diet, we tend to consider any healthy change a sacrifice. We consider eliminating a favorite food a terrible loss. In reality it is simply a trade. We make trades every day. We buy a car, home, clothing, etc. and we are happy to trade the money for the item. Even if we have to save money for an extended time, the benefit of the purchase is easy to realize. It is an instant gratification....
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Sean Carney
Wow Ken, Really great blog. Thanks. You have outlined very clearly something that many of my wife's patients exclaim after making ... Read More
Saturday, 30 August 2014 21:07
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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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Where there is life, there is hope!

Where there is life, there is hope!
So there I was, plugging along in my low-fat vegan lifestyle. Everything is going fine, although I will admit that I was feeling a little lonely for more flesh-and-blood vegans (in addition to my lovely facebook vegan friends!). In the past, hubby & I would go into the city once per month to socialize in a hospitable group, but having to stay overnight on someone’s sofa bed was becoming a little onerous. So we stopped doing that, and the ensuing sense of isolation of which I previously wrote began to build. Fast forward a number of years. Suddenly, out of the blue, without any warning, a VEGAN food column appears in our little small town local paper! In it, the author says she plans to s...
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Sean Carney
We keep thinking to purchase some picnic tables and start a potluck behind our office. We have a very park-like yard with about a ... Read More
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 19:01
Cindy Mitchell
So happy for you Deborah! I'm excited for you! We've started doing the same thing. A small group of my veggie friends and I got... Read More
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 22:20
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