Cyrus: All right, so today we are here with
Meghan’s been living with type 1 diabetes
since 2008 and joined our coaching program
in February of 2016.
She’s got an amazing story to
tell you and I will let her explain everything.
Thanks for being with us today, Meghan.
Meghan: Thanks for having me.
So Meghan, why don’t you start by educating
our listeners here about why
you decided to change your nutrition towards
low fat plant-based nutrition with type 1
What was the problem?
Meghan: Um, the problem was that I was already
eating a plant-based diet.
I’ve been eating
vegetarian since I was 10 and then vegan for
a couple of years before joining this program.
was eating super low carb vegan foods and
so I was relying heavily on nuts and beans
thought it was super healthy but still could
not control my blood sugar at all.
I had no control
over what was happening.
Exercise was super hard because it either
spiked me or dropped
me, and I was just kinda frustrated with not
having that control.
I joined the group to see what I
could do to eat more of the things that I
loved and have more energy and more control.
Cyrus: Give us an idea of your sort of average
blood glucose control on a daily basis.
Was it in
the mid-100’s, the 200’s, 300’s?
Meghan: It was in the 200’s, but with crazy
lows and crazy highs.
I was never in the mid-range.
Cyrus: Can you maybe tell us what were you
actually eating at that time?
Meghan: I was eating a lot of nuts.
I actually ate a ton of vegetables, but I
was eating really high
fat dressings on them with oils in them.
And I ate a lot of beans and like corn tortillas
that are still vegan but are processed.
Cyrus: The reason you were doing that was
because you were actually trying to limit
carbohydrate intake so that you could limit
your insulin use?
Robby: You were one of our best students.
You were on every single call.
You did not miss one.
We tell people who take our program that if
you put in the work, you will get the results.
started doing it.
What happened when you started following the
Meghan: Like immediately so much more energy
first of all and my insulin needs declined
Like the first 5 days, it was insane how much
my insulin usage went down and
how many carbs I could eat for the amount
I haven’t had a single bladder infection in
a year, and that’s never happened since I
was born because of a congenital defect I
had when I
Robby: So you’re saying you loved the overall
benefits which is something we preach about
Our program is about more than just diabetes
numbers and you’ve experienced that.
Meghan: Yeah, for sure.
My energy levels are crazy high.
I don’t even have to drink coffee to
feel like I have energy all day.
The benefits are more than just the numbers.
Cyrus: So at the beginning of this program
you were eating approximately 75 grams of
carbohydrates per day and then when you started
doing the program how many grams of
carbohydrate were you eating at that point?
Meghan: Around 250.
Cyrus: Did you make that change quickly or
did you ramp it up slowly until you got to
Meghan: Really quickly.
Because when I cut out the nuts and stuff
I was super hungry.
I was a
lot more carbed than I was used to.
Cyrus: So your carbohydrate intake went from
about 75 grams per day all the way up to 250.
What happened to your insulin use?
Meghan: It went way down.
My basal insulin went down really really quickly.
And then with a
little bit of exercise on top of what I normally
do, I noticed my bolus insulin decreased quickly.
Robby: We say this all the time.
People don’t really believe it, but you can
eat more carbs and
take less total insulin.
It’s exactly what happened for you and I know
you always took beautiful
pictures of meals so eat so like what actual
foods were you eating?
Meghan: A ton of bananas and green smoothies.
I’m a busy mom and so I find green smoothies
the fastest way to get my greens in because
I don’t have the time to sit down and chew
like tons of lettuce.
So like date, mango, banana combos, a lot
of Mexican inspired stuff with
like romaine lettuce, tacos with homemade
salsa, lots and lots of good foods that I’ve
avoiding for years trying not to eat carbs.
Cyrus: Were you surprised by what happened
to your insulin use?
Meghan: I honestly would not have believed
it if someone had just told me.
I had to experience
it to believe that it was true.
Cyrus: I was glad to hear you say that because
that happened to me, that happened to Robby,
it’s happened to so many people living with
both type 1 and type 2 diabetes — especially
who are injecting insulin because your expectation
is that your insulin use will go up.
But it falls
and it falls fast.
And at that point you’re like woah, woah,
I need to back off before I go
Meghan: And you have unlimited energy.
Like you don’t have to do much except just
what you eat and it’s insane how quickly it
Cyrus: So tell us what happened to your A1C
It started out at an 8.1.
Meghan: Yeah, and as of 3 weeks ago it was
a 6.3, which is the lowest it’s been since
Cyrus: Okay, so what we did is we have all
the numbers here to calculate your change
hour insulin sensitivity so your 24-hour insulin
sensitivity is defined as the total number
grams of carbohydrate you’re eating per day
divided by the total number of units of insulin
you’re injecting which includes both your
bolus and your basal insulin.
So at the beginning of
this program, you were eating about 75 grams
of carbohydrate for about 40 units of insulin
your insulin sensitivity was approximately
And now that you’re eating about 300 grams
carbohydrate per day and your insulin use
has fallen to 26 units per day total, your
sensitivity is now an 11.5 on a 24-hour basis.
Which means, over the course of your program,
your insulin sensitivity has increased by
Cyrus: Which is basically a almost 5-fold
increase in your insulin sensitivity, so if
done so already, pat yourself on the back
because that’s a massive change.
And it’s something
that like you said, you wouldn’t have believed
it until you actually experienced it and felt
Meghan: Thank you guys so much.
Robby: What would you say to somebody who’s
considering making this lifestyle change?
type of advice would you give them?
Meghan: I would say just try it for a month
because you seriously won’t go back.
Just give it all
you have for a month and don’t hem and haw
Just like commit to doing it for a month
and you won’t go back.
That’s a guarantee.
Robby: We really appreciate you sharing your
story about what’s possible and what happens
when you follow it.
Meghan: Thank you guys for all your help.