I hope not to hijack the thread- but yes, my then 4 yr old,now 5yr old, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in January 2009. Her A1C was 145, waking bloodsugar was 158. We went to her Ped. and our DO who both agreed the road we had ahead was going to be challenging at best. Insulin injections.
Both my husband and I were overweight and we were always kicking around weightloss- we did Atkins, WW, you name it. But we never really moved foward, until this. The night we discovered her issue, I was up late, stumbling and came across "the Paleo diet." I read it and thought it was interesting. I mentioned it to my doctor (DO) and asked if her treatment could begin with diet.
We're already following Feingold, and moving away from gluten s l o w l y, but still eating all the other yummies of the SAD (Standard American Diet).
So, Dr say's try it- it can't hurt.
We stopped eating: dairy, grains, legumes, beans, tubers, gluten in any form, soy in any form.
We eat meat, nuts, seeds, fruit and veggies. Basically if we can't eat it raw, we can't eat it.
I also tested her bloodsugar 5x a day and kept a journal for 2 weeks of everything she ate.
Within 24 hours of starting the new eating habits, her waking bloodsugar went from 145 to 83.
We brought our journal, and our findings to our PEd- who was astounded and was in disbelief. They tested her- No longer diabetic. It was as if she never was.
Within 3 months she grew 2 inches. She has congenital hypothyroidism and her growth was less than ideal, until the diet change.
We also put all the family on the diet- my oldest (6) lost 10 lbs- she was getting heavy.
I went from 280 to 234 (my last weigh in in Nov).But I didn't care about me, we did it for her.
This holiday season, we cheated- as we do on occasion. We get really good pizza 2x a year, if they go to a party, I let them eat cake, or ice cream. But they all agree, the next day they feel awful from eating it. It only reinforces our choice to eat right.
Our food bill hasn't changed, we just shop 3x a week now for the fruits and veggies. We do eat chocolate for a treat- good stuff from Trader Joes (without Soy Lethicin). We have maintained her bloodsugar now to the point we don't check it anymore.
I cannot promise this would happen for you- but I really believe it will help.
One other thing-
None of my kids, not one, came down with any type of cold last year- until we cheated and had a pizza one night in Nov- then they all had sinus infections, fevers, tummy aches. With loads of Emergen-C and tlc, plus a detox of the gluten, they recovered fast.