About

My name is Fran, born in Singapore, married, have a daughter and live in Munich, Germany. I’m a Type 1.5 MODY2 diabetic, diagnosed in 2005. My diabetes came to light during my pregnancy in 1997 but was forgotten after that. In 2000, I was diagnosed as Type 2 and was treated accordingly for 5 years on oral meds without success. I am now on insulin (Novorapid and Levimir).  Insulin worked better but I found that I became insulin resistant and require more and more insulin for the same types and amounts of food.

In April 2010, I stumbled across Dr Bernstein’s Diabetes Book and later a website called Blood Sugar 101. After much reading, I realised that perhaps all that I have been doing has been wrong. I decided to take the plunge and embarked on a low carb diet. After I cut down on carbohydrates, I noticed that I became more insulin sensitive. However, I don’t have much willpower and find it difficult to stop eating carbs fully. I try as much as possible to avoid sweet things (easy to do) and carbohydrates (not easy to do).

My goal is to bring my Hb1Ac down to below 6.

6 Responses to “About”

  1. Jan May 12, 2010 at 16:29 #

    I saw you on Laura Dolson’s blog this morning.

    I’ve been low-carbing since LAST April. I do not have diabetes, and didn’t have too much weight to lose (20 pounds or so) Both my parents were thin all their lives and started eating too much sweets when they retired. They are both borderline diabetic now (and still eating sugar) I decided low carb would help me lose the weight and also keep me away from the diabetic path. My biggest struggle is with breakfast, like you, I get tired of eggs!

    One thing, I would urge you to not go overboard with the soy products. I think soy causes other problems (if you’re interested I can send you some links to discussions, or you can google it) Also, if you are not already doing so, I’d highly recommend the Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcasts, where Jimmy Moore interviews many low carb doctors.

    I wish you the best of luck on your journey and will check back to your blog for more ideas.

    • franinmunich April 24, 2013 at 22:25 #

      Hi Amy,

      Welcome to Munich! I can imagine you’ve been thrown off your routine with the move. I am not familiar with Paleo but I’ve just googled it and find it to be similar to what I am doing. Great!

      You can buy almond flour, coconut oil and coconut flour from organic supermarkets. If there are none in your neighborhood, there is a big Basic supermarket near Viktualienmarkt – just google it. You can also buy coconut oil at Asian grocery stores. I order my stuff online at http://www.lowcarbwelt.de as it is more economical and it gets delivered to my doorstep!

      If you need any more help, just drop me a line.

      Fran

      • Amy April 25, 2013 at 23:54 #

        Fran,

        Thanks so much for the information you provided. This is absolutely great! Love the website! It is difficult to move away from home without the essentials especially when your diet is restricted.

        P.S. It is so hard to walk past all the yummy bakeries here…the pastries and pretzels look so yummy. I have to start making my paleo treats!! =)

        Thanks again!!

        Amy

      • franinmunich April 26, 2013 at 06:48 #

        Hi Amy, glad to be of help. Yes, walking past bakeries in Munich is difficult. I’m not very good at this! If you’d like to share some of your treats, when you’re settled of course, I could do a guest post. Let me know. Fran

  2. franinmunich May 12, 2010 at 18:15 #

    Hi Jan,
    thanks for your concern. I did google the dangers of eating too much soy products and there are some very convincing articles out there against soy. However, I am not sure if I should freak out or not. I think these dangers could surface if way too much soy is consumed – one article was talking about consuming soy every day! There are so many articles/studies proclaiming all sorts of things to be dangerous too. We are flooded with so much propaganda that it is sometimes difficult to know what to believe so I guess moderation is the best protection.
    Right now I’ve been developing recipes using soy, only because it is the only flour in my possession apart from flaxseed. The other flours I intend to buy soon on-line are coconut and almond flours. They were pretty expensive in the organic stores I’ve visited. So do check back later.

  3. Amy April 24, 2013 at 22:02 #

    Hi Fran! I have recently moved to Munich and eat Paleo. Not sure if you are familiar with Paleo. I was wondering if you have any recommendations on where I can get things like coconut flour, almond flour, coconut oil, etc. I am struggling a bit and trying to get back to my normal routine with what I cook and bake. Any suggestions would be great.

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