Sunday Express Reports on Sarah Hallberg Indiana University Study

We’ve had the heads-up this morning from Mike in Lancaster & Morecambe and Keith in Grange on this report in today’s Sunday Express:

As you can see, the report mentions a University of Indiana study, where Dr Sarah Hallberg works and reports a message now familiar to us all:

“Diabetes is a state of carbohydrate toxicity. Insulin resistance is a state of carbohydrate intolerance.

“Carbohydrate intake is the single biggest factor in blood sugar levels.”

It’s great to see that reported in a national newspaper, although more needs to be made of it, much more.

The report goes on to mention the Diabetes UK / Roy Taylor DiRECT trial, which publishes in October 2018.

The thing is, we’re not waiting for peer-reviews, or for the NHS’s administration to clank into life. It’s all too slow.

We all know now that making simple but profound changes to our diet works. Remove the cause of the disorder and the disorder re-orders. Health restores.

I can’t understate how much all of you on ‘Dia-Beat This!’ are pioneers and revolutionaries. By changing your own health, there might soon be knock-on effects for many, many more and you’re the ones making this happen, no one else. Thank you – please keep it up!

For now, I’ll re-post Sarah Hallberg’s TED talk, for the third time on this site, because if any of you haven’t seen it, please give her 18 mins of your time because you won’t regret going over that message one more time 🙂

Paleo Diets Are Bunk!

Now, you might think this TED talk by Christina Warriner, ‘Debunking the Paleo Diet’ goes against what we’re practicing at ‘Dia-Beat This!’?

Weeeell …. no. This is instead a rather elegant, mildly academic dig at some of the over-simplifications and misunderstandings over so-called Stone Age diets.

If you’re less interested in the true shape of our ancestors’ diets and the husbandry of modern vegetables (which I think is interesting but hey), then move it forward to around 17’00 in and check the conclusion.

In short, no, it’s impossible to eat a truly Paleo diet BUT it does seem that a wise person eats plenty of veg, avoids too many preservatives and, of course, avoids our old enemy sugar, as there’s no way we could be adapted to a diet including much of that.

Interesting stuff, here:

A Chocolate Orange Is Not Part of Your ‘Ten A Day’! :-0

A Chocolate Orange Is Not Part of Your ‘Ten A Day’ – But That Doesn’t Mean You Shouldn’t Love What You Eat.

We’ve been reading a bit about the history of UK food policy recently (well, Claire has, she’s told me bits) and we found this article by excellent food writer Bee Wilson in this weekend’s Guardian dovetailed with some of what we’d found:

Bee Wilson also makes the sage observation that, ‘Pleasure, curiously, has seldom been part of UK food policy, least of all on fruit and vegetables.’

Other countries revel in the eating of vegetables, as we once did here and rediscovering the relishing of veg is a big key to both our individual health and our health as a nation.

Richard Doughty & the TOFI Paradox

Scattered amongst our four groups, we have a few people who might be classified as ‘TOFIs’ (people with T2D who are ‘Thin Outside, Fat Inside’).

Now, since we don’t have access to an MRI scanner, we can only guess at why these midweight-looking people have T2D.

It could be because they have a build up of fat in and around the liver and pancreas, just the same as more obviously overweight people. Roy Taylor has suggested in the past they everyone has a differing Personal Fat Threshold, which would explain why some people can put a lot of weight on and yet be free of T2D, while others need only accumulate a little visceral fat to experience a decline in health.

One such TOFI is/was the journalist Richard Doughty, who was diagnosed with fairly advanced T2D early 2012. Richard was surprised by the diagnosis, as he’d always thought, like many people still do, that only very overweight people get the disorder.

Fortunately, he’d heard of Roy Taylor and put himself on an 800 calorie a day diet. As might be expected, he lost a lot of weight rather quickly. His blood sugar normalised in less than a week and he came off the diet after only 11 days. He’s kept the T2D at bay since and his story is covered in the two articles, one from the Daily Mail, one from The Guardian – hey, aren’t we balanced in our reporting here?

There’s an interesting coda in the Mail article, where the role of stress and the stress hormone cortisol is mentioned and how stress can be a contributory cause of T2D.

There’s further useful reading in the Guardian piece, where Richard discusses his post-reversal maintenance diet. There are some things which echo our approach at ‘Dia-Beat This!’ and some differences, which we can discuss in the week.

Speak soon and all the best!

Tim Price & Half-time Roundup


One of our Kendal participants, Tim Price, is doing a blog about his T2D reversal.

Many people outside our circle of knowledge might be a little baffled by Tim’s blog but everyone on ‘Dia-Beat This!’ will know exactly what he’s recording, why he’s recording it – and how well he’s doing. Thank you for doing this Tim, keep it up!

You can see Tim’s blogsite here and we’re directing you specifically towards one of his recipes:

Low Carb Pancakes

Half-time Roundup

We’re nearly halfway through the course and Claire and I can’t believe how quickly time’s passing.

By far the most amazing thing, however, is the striking progress we’re seeing across all four groups.

When we began ‘Dia-Beat This!’ we had no idea what would happen, even if anyone would show up.

Now though, less than two months in, there isn’t one participant in over 40 people who isn’t seeing some positive changes and most are experiencing remarkable improvements in their health.

Medications are being reduced or in some cases ceased, insulin doses are coming down and there are wholesale across-the-board drops in both weight and blood glucose figures. We know that many are also experiencing positive changes in mood and other unexpected secondary health improvements.

All this has been done with just two things: First and most importantly, the strong desire amongst the participants to change their health and secondly, useful information leading to some simple but profound changes in diet. And that’s it.

If this sounds too good to be true, so it goes, but it is how it is.

The next ten weeks, leading up to our celebration event on the 13th of May, will no doubt see further health improvements. Without doubt some of our participants will reverse their T2D by the end of the course, with many others following close behind them.

We’re giving out questionaires this week, to check on progress across the groups and to get some feedback on how you’re finding the course so far.

In the meantime, Claire and I would like to repeat our thanks and admiration to everyone on the course. You’re the ones responsible for taking charge of your health, you’re the ones changing your health outcomes and getting away from the shadow of diabetes.

Good stuff – keep on!

Eddy & Claire

Guest Speaker at Lancaster & Morecambe Meeting

Last night’s meeting at Salt Ayre was a corker.

Our guest speaker, Patrick, told us his story of reversing his T2D, which had us all enthralled.

I’d define Patrick as a ‘super-reverser.’ On diagnosis his T2D was off the scale but he turned his health around very quickly and effectively. He used the meds for as long as they were useful and stopped them when they weren’t. His insights on exercise were also interesting.

However, perhaps as importantly, or more, is the fact that Patrick hasn’t fallen off the path and become diabetic again. He’s maintained his newfound health for two years now and he’s showing no signs of relinquishing it.

Patrick may come and speak at some of the other groups, we’ll have to see, but suffice to say that we pass our thanks no to him and to his wife Michelle, who also gave us valuable insights into Patrick’s T2D reversal.


Pancake Day

When I was a kid, I used to love Pancake Day. It wasn’t just that I liked the pancakes themselves, I also liked the small ritual of making the batter and the fun of flipping them in the pan – which sometimes went wrong, of course. Pancakes are tasty and fun for kids and we’ll be making a few after school on Tuesday. Just because you have T2D, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on them and here’s a suitably low carb recipe:

Low Carb Pancakes


– 170 grams of coconut flour

– 3 tablespoonfuls of Truvia granulated sweetener. Or erithrytol, if you like.

– ½ teaspoonful of baking powder

– ½ teaspoonful of salt

– 85 grams of butter, melted

– ½ teaspoonful of vanilla extract

– 255 of sparkling water

– 6 large eggs



– In a large bowl, whisk flour, sweetener, baking powder and salt.

– Add the eggs, butter and vanilla and stir to combine.

– Add the water and stir until smooth.

– Let the mix rest for a few minutes, to thicken.

– Shallow fry pancakes in the usual way, adding a 2 or 3 tablespoonfuls of batter mix to the hot pan with some melted butter, flip when the first side becomes golden brown.

– Serve with lemon juice and granulated sweetener, or perhaps raspberries and crème fraiche, or chopped apple and cinnamon.

This mix makes about 12 pancakes. There are 5.85 grams of carbs per 2 pancakes and 181 calories.

For Your Consideration – ‘Super Size Me!’ & ‘Food, Inc’

‘Evening! I hope you’re all having a good weekend.

Now, if you’re at a loose end and fancy watching something thought-provoking and entertaining, I recommend either, or both, of the films below.

I know several of you have seen Morgan Spurlock’s excellent 2004 film ‘Super Size Me’ but I doubt if you’ve also seen Robert Kenner’s 2008 film  ‘Food, Inc.’, which is about industrial food production, as it didn’t get nearly as much press over here as in the US.

They’re both well-made, very entertaining and, to us doing what we’re doing, very interesting and worthwhile viewing indeed.

Super Size Me:

Food, Inc.:

BBC Report New T2D Reversal Breakthrough

Fresh off the BBC News website:

This is interesting stuff. OK, it’s a study done on mice not people and there’s the usual ‘don’t try this at home, kids’ disclaimer BUT the essential insight, that a fasting or ‘fasting mimicking’ diet, actually regenerates the pancreas’ insulin-producing beta cells, is very noteworthy.

It’s also interesting that this diet (on mice, at least) also works by restricting proteins, as well as carbs and relies on saturated fats, as per the LCHF approach (Low Carb High Fat) to health an T2D reversal, as promoted by Diet Doctor and others.

We’re wary of recommending that you fully embrace high fat, as we have a lot of different health scenarios at Dia-Beat This! but the smart money does seem to be on ‘good fats’ being not just tolerable but actually an essential part of a healthy diet.

Anyway, I look forward to discussing this with you all next week.

All the best and have a good weekend!