GC Control In My Coffee

As I’ve blogged in the past, one of the tools I use to maintain my sugar levels is the Attain GC Control Shake.  I’ve been using this product daily for two and a half years now.  I consider it an essential tool in my fight to control diabetes.  I’ve taken to sprinkling a teaspoon full of the powder in my coffee in the morning.  It’s delicious and it’s really helping me keep my sugar levels down during the day.  I can’t remember the last time I saw my sugar go anywhere above 180, even an hour or two after eating.  My fasting sugar is averaging in the 70’s and 80’s.  This morning it was 83.  Losing weight and running are definitely helping, but this amazing product is still an essential part of my daily routine.  And I always have a full shake in the evenings, about two or three hours after dinner.  This helps keep my sugar at a normal level at night as I sleep.  As always, this is my personal experience and I cannot guarantee you will have the same result.

In the past I used to suffer from restless leg syndrome when I went to bed.  Since I’ve been drinking GC Control I haven’t had that problem once.  I think the problem might be caused when your sugar is high as you try to relax.  Getting your sugar lower will probably help.  Even a walk an hour before bed might make a difference.

And finally, as I’ve blogged before, I am officially off my diabetes medication, Metformin.  My A1C came down from 7.2 in December to 5.8 in June.  This largely due to major lifestyle changes, especially taking up running and losing weight.

Life is good!

A Life In Balance

I created this blog and my Twitter account mainly to promote our home based business.  But my blog seems to have morphed into something bigger.  I have written several blogs about the GC Control shakes that I still drink daily.  They are still doing a great job in lowering my blood sugar level when it’s high.  I’ve been drinking them for a year and a half now. Note, I am not touting the shakes as some sort of miracle cure.  I know diabetics are often targeted by snake oil salesmen offering some form of miracle cure.  But the GC Control shakes are an excellent tool to help you control your blood sugar levels.

Recently I became a vegetarian.  I then quickly moved on to become a vegan.  My reasons are mainly ethical:  As an animal lover I could no longer just I ft to myself eating meat.  I’ve already written blogs that go into this.  But I have noticed that there are plenty of health reasons for making the switch.  I’ve already lost a few pounds and I find I have more energy.

As my blog is called 4 Paths To Wellness I feel this would be a good time to delve into what those four paths are:

1. personal.
2. Physical.
3. Environmental.
4. Financial.

More people these days are looking at their diet and realizing there is a connection between what they eat and how they feel.  The vegan lifestyle is becoming more popular, as evidenced by the growing number of vegan foods that are becoming available in mainstream grocery stores.  I was amazed the other night at the array of vegan options in our local Stop and Shop.  Vegan cheese, butter,  mayonnaise and even ice cream!

Gyms have always been popular.  People want to get in shape.  Obesity has become an epidemic.  Diseases like diabetes are consquently on the rise.  There is a definite need to take care of our health.  We need to take back our Wellness!

Diet and exercise are part of two paths to Wellness.  Personal and physical.  But so many people overlook the third path; environmental.  This can have more of a detrimental impact on our health than we realize.  We don’t pay enough attention to the cleaning products we bring into our homes and use daily.  Products that contain so many harmful chemicals and toxins.  We have a real toxic stew in our homes and we don’t even realize it!  Respiratory illnesses, like asthma, and skin conditions, like eczema, are on the rise.  Most of them are triggered by the chemicals in the store bought cleaning products.  We’re conditioned to go on buying them.  Mainly because everyone else does and because we don’t know any better.

There is another way!

While most people are thinking more about two paths to Wellness, personal and physical, we offer a way to align all four paths and help you to create a life in balance.

And We’re Off!

Momentum leads to excitement.

Excitement leads to anticipation.

Anticipation leads to expectation.

Expectation leads to action.

Action leads to results!

Those words came to me a week or so ago.  We’re really starting to see the power in those words.

Our business is all about helping people.  Helping people with their health.  With the amazing array of naturally derived products that are helping people with asthma, eczema, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and so many other ailments.

The other way to help people is financially.  By helping them grow their business.  And we’ve found someone who really gets it.  Someone who sees the power and potential of what we do.  So we’re going to help her every step of the way.  We’ll match her effort for effort to grow her business.  Working together we’re going to build a team.  A team that builds momentum.  Momentum that will lead to belief and action and will get amazing results.

There is power in teamwork.  There is power in helping other people grow.  In helping other people win.  This really is the most wonderful business.

One thing I can promise you is you will NEVER be alone!

Diabetes: My Personal Story

August 2008 is when my life changed forever.  My wife and I had been to a convention.  It was a chaotic three day event with barely a moment to breathe, let alone eat healthy.  At some point I must have been bitten by a bug of some sort.  Right at the top of the back of my thigh.  What started as a bite quickly blew up into a full blown absess. I had to endure a five hour flight sitting on this thing.  I was in agony!  I popped Tylenol all the way home like it was candy.  That was the longest five hours I’ve ever experienced.

I went to a doctor the day after we returned home. He told me it would need to be surgically removed as it was now too big to lance.  I was admitted to hospital the next day.  As is usual, I had a blood test after being admitted.  Purely routine.  Or so I thought.  I had the surgery.  I then woke to the news my fasting sugar was 320.

I was informed I was a diabetic.

I didn’t really understand at first exactly what that meant.  I’d heard of diabetes, obviously, but I didn’t really know that much about it.  I remembered reading an autobiography written by a soccer player called Gary Mabbutt.  He was type 1 diabetic and he had to inject himself with insulin before every game.  You’d never have guessed it if you’d seen him play.  He used to cover every blade of grass in every game and was often one of the hardest working players on the pitch.

Once I was out of hospital, the first chance I had, I bought a book, the Dummies Guide to Diabetes.  What I read frightened the life out of me.  Now I knew what I was up against.  Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness, strokes, heart attacks, kidney failure, liver failure, amputation…the list goes on.  This horrifying disease can cause so many dreadful complications.

I went through the usual phases:  Denial.  Anger.  Why me?

The years since have been a constant struggle.  My A1C has been up and down.  My fasting sugar levels have been up and down.

My emotions have been up and down.

Now, I’m controlling it.  I’m exercising.  I’m eating a (reasonably) healthy diet.

Now, my A1C is up.  My fasting sugar levels are up.  I can’t be bothered to exercise. 

Now, I’m back in Control.

Etc.

The endless vicious circle.

This has been my life for the past six years.

It’s a rollercoaster ride.

It’s a whirlwind.

It’s a never ending vicious cycle, just waiting for the next time I fall off.

But at the end of the day I’m determined to win, to keep a good quality of life.  My biggest fear is going blind.  I actually fear that more than dying.

The one constant positive is the GCcontrol shakes I’ve blogged so much about.  They really do help.  But they are not a cure.  They are only a tool.  They are only at their most effective when combined with exercise and a decent diet.  I don’t eat anywhere near as healthy as I should, yet they continue to lower my sugar when it is high.

With or without the shakes, the battle goes on.  I’ll continue to post updates.  I just wanted to share my story.  To anyone out there who has been diagnosed as a diabetic, maybe it’s only just happened, I will say this.  Hang in there.  It’s going to be a bumpy rides.  You will have your ups and downs, just like I have.  But you can fight it with the right tools and with enough determination!

My Further Update on my GC Control and FiberWise Experiment

This blog continues from my last post, My Latest GC Control Update

I stated in my Saturday post that I would continue this experiment today and that I would test the FiberWise further.  My FiberWise test starts with my War On Diabetes blog.

I had the same breakfast today as I’d eaten that day, (two cups of Wheaties.)  There were no cookies though, <sob> so that’s all I ate.

My fasting sugar this morning was 97, so better than the 106 I recorded on Saturday.  As soon as I’d finished my breakfast I drank the FiberWise.  One hour later my sugar was 219.  The same as on Saturday.  I guess if Im going to go on eating cereal I have to accept my sugar is going to have that initial surge.  It seems like nothing will stop that.  Most of the diabetes advice I’ve read or been told state that it’s not worth testing until two hours after eating anyway.  I’ve also heard that diabetics should aim for sugar levels under 180 at the two hour mark.  If anyone has heard different, feel free to let me know.  I’ll always welcome any feedback.

So my sugar two hours after eating breakfast was 160.  That shows the FiberWise is doing something, as I usually start testing two hours after eating and my sugar was almost always in the 200 range.  That’s three times now that my sugar has been well below 200 at the two hour mark, although to be fair, on Saturday I had the Attain shake one hour after eating.  But there does seem to be some consistency there.

What I’m hoping is coming through with these blogs is the amazing consistency of the Attain shakes.  They have never failed to lower my sugar levels.  Sometimes the drop is good and sometimes it’s spectacular.

I guess for one way to look at these two products, Attain GC Control and FiberWise, I could use a sports analogy.  The Attain shakes are like the flashy goal scorer, (yes, I like soccer, or rather football to any European readers) the one who grabs all the headlines and wins you the game.  Meanwhile the FiberWise just quietly gets on with its game, that quiet dependable player who gets the tackles in and just keeps the opposition at bay.  He may not win you the game, but you’d miss him if he wasn’t on the team.  Together they make a winning combination.  Okay, that’s enough sports analogies!

I prefer to do these experiments in the morning because there’s the greatest chance of consistency.  You wake up empty.  You can test your fasting sugar to see where you’re starting from.  I start with a bowl of Wheaties more often than not.  But obviously as the day goes into night you’re going to eat different foods that will affect your blood sugar differently.  For instance, pizza and pasta will not only raise your sugar levels, but they will keep it high for a few hours after.  Especially pizza.  So the morning represents the best time to conduct these sort of experiments as you’re pretty much starting the same.

I want to repeat for the benefit of anyone reading this who hasn’t read any of my other blogs: I’m not claiming these products offer any “miracle cure”.  But it’s becoming increasingly clear that they can be used as a valuable tool in helping to control diabetes.  Before I started taking the Attain shakes some three months or so ago, my fasting sugar was consistently in the 120’s.  My sugar used to be in the 200’s after eating and would stay high.  The only thing that would bring it down was vigorous activity, like a brisk walk.  The trouble was it would start to slowly creep back up an hour or two later.

Now the GC Control shake not only brings my sugar back down fast, I’ve noticed it stays in the normal range.  My fasting sugar is much better.

Disclaimer:  While GC Control lowered my sugar when it was high, it didn’t help with my A1C.  The reason I am off Metformin is because I concentrated on weight loss and on running.  It is those life changes that helped me get my sugar under the control it is today.  If you decide to give GC Control a try I strongly recommend you keep taking any medication you are on and consult closely with your doctor.  I would also advise you to keep testing your sugar as you try this product to see what affect it is having on your sugar.

 

Thank you for reading!

A Further Update On My Experience With GC Control Shake

I’ve blogged about this product twice already, but I just can’t stop talking about it.  Attain GC Control shake is simply one of the best products I have ever encountered in my ongoing battle against diabetes.  I was diagnosed a  type two diabetic in August 08.  Since then my sugar levels have been all over the place.  For the most part my fasting sugar has always been elevated.  At one point it was in the 170′s.  Through diet and exercise I was able to get it down to the upper 120′s but could never seem to get it any lower.

So what’s in this wonder product that makes it so effective?   Here are the basic details:
Calories: 110
Total Fat: 3.5g
Carbs: 10g
Dietary Fiber: 7g
Soluble Fiber: 6g
Protein: 10g
Sugars: 2g
It includes cinammon Bark extract, ginseng root extract, mulberry fruit extract, green tea leaf extract, sweet potato powder.  It’s also gluten free.   The product comes in powder form.  You simply add a scoop into a cup of water and stir vigorously.   And drink.

It comes in three flavors.  Chocolate, Caramel Creme Brulee and Apple and cinammon.  I haven’t tried the Apple and Cinammon yet, but the other two are delicious.  (Note: Since writing this blog I HAVE tried the apple and cinammon flavor and it also tastes great and has proven just as effective.)

Not only does the shake lower my sugar when it’s high, but it has also lowered my fasting sugar substantially.  Remember i said it was averaging in the upper 120′s and wouldn’t come down?  Now it’s averaging in the low 90′s.  In fact, this morning my fasting sugar was 88.  This has not happened once since I was diagnosed a diabetic.  I haven’t been able to walk as much as I like lately, as we’ve had a pretty cold spell.  So my results are purely down to Attain GC Control shake.

Am I calling this a cure for diabetes?  No, of course not.  I strongly urge anyone who tries this product to  keep taking any medication you are on and work closely with your doctor before making any drastic changes to current treatments.  I can’t guarantee you will have the same results I’ve had but I hope you do.  I’m also noticing my weight is slowly coming down by a pound or two a week.  A good healthy weight loss.  I also feel I have more energy.   If i can help just one person to get their diabetes under control then I’ll be very happy and feel that blogging has been a worthwhile activity.  Be healthy everyone.

Just as another addition: A few weeks ago we went to LA for a 12 day vacation. When we got back my sugar levels were again elevated. I hadn’t been able to take the shakes as often as I would have liked and I wasn’t able to eat as healthy as I should have. It has taken a while, but now I’m back on a decent diet and drinking these shakes regularly again, my sugar levels are once again coming back down. This just proves my point that the GC Control shake is no miracle cure. But it is an effective tool to fight against diabetes along with healthy eating and exercise.

As an update to this blog, in June my  A1C was 5.8 and I was taken off Metformin.  I am now drug free.  I monitor my fasting sugar closely.  It’s averaging in the upper 70’s to the low 80’s.

Disclaimer:  While GC Control lowered my sugar when it was high, it didn’t help with my A1C.  The reason I am off Metformin is because I concentrated on weight loss and on running.  It is those life changes that helped me get my sugar under the control it is today.  If you decide to give GC Control a try I strongly recommend you keep taking any medication you are on and consult closely with your doctor.  I would also advise you to keep testing your sugar as you try this product to see what affect it is having on your sugar.

My Experience With Attain GC Control Shakes

This is an update on this post.  I get hits on this post every single day so there is obviously a lot of interest in this product.  I am now off my diabetes medication, Metformin.  I’ve been off it for almost a year now.  My fasting sugar is averaging in the 70’s and 80’s every day.  Exercise has played a huge part in this.  I started running last year and it made the difference.  I still drink a shake every day.   I recommend GC Control to anyone who is diabetic or anyone who is looking to lose weight.  You can drink a shake each day to replace a snack.  It’s delicious and is sweet enough to satisfy any sugar craving.  And as it’s designed to stabilize your sugar level, you are less likely to have a sugar crash that will have you reaching for a chocolate bar or cookie.  – Update March 23rd 2016

Disclaimer:  While GC Control lowered my sugar when it was high, it didn’t help with my A1C.  The reason I am off Metformin is because I concentrated on weight loss and on running.  It is those life changes that helped me get my sugar under the control it is today.  If you decide to give GC Control a try I strongly recommend you keep taking any medication you are on and consult closely with your doctor.  I would also advise you to keep testing your sugar as you try this product to see what affect it is having on your sugar.

I’ve written a few blogs about my battle with diabetes.  It’s an ongoing fight and will probably be waged for the rest of my life.  I was diagnosed a type 2 diabetic in August 08.  I seem to be up and down with diabetes.  For a while I eat well, and my A1C comes down to near normal.  Then I guess I get lazy or sloppy and the numbers start creeping up.  The only way to truly control diabetes is to combine exercise with eating healthy, low carb foods.  I managed to cut out bread for a while, but that’s extremely hard to maintain over a long period of time.  Let’s face it, bread is damned convenient.  A sandwich makes for a quick and easy lunch.  Sometimes when you have to eat on the run, a Subway sandwich is the easiest option.  It’s healthier than McDonalds, right?

Exercise is good for you.  Everybody knows that.  I love to walk.  But walking in the hot humid heat is no walk in the park. (Pun fully intended.)  Nor is walking on a frigid winter day when the sidewalks are icy or snow covered.  So I let that slip at times.  Now it’s the Fall and the temps are ideal for walking, I intend to start my walking regimen again.

Tomorrow.

The GC Control shake is high in fiber and protein.  It comes in a variety of flavors.  Ingredients include Cinnamon extract, Korean Red Ginseng, Mulberry Extract, Green Tea Extract and Sweet Potato Powder. So a pretty healthy concoction

The shakes are not specifically marketed to people who are type 2 diabetics.  So I’ll be their guinea pig.  Lately, my blood sugar has been surging again.  Sunday, my fasting sugar was 171.  I had my first shake Sunday night.  The GC shakes come in powder form.  You just add water.  And let me tell you, they don’t taste bad at all.  It’s a chocolate shake, so it’s obviously going to taste good.  They have a caramel flavor too. I haven’t tried that one yet.  That one is definitely in my future.  The other day a couple of hours after eating, my sugar was 288.  Yeah, I admit it, I had a bad dinner!  So I had my first shake.  Just 45 minutes later my sugar was 238.  My sugar had gone down 50 points in just 45 minutes after drinking a chocolate shake.  Not bad for the first time!

It gets better.  I’ve had at least one shake every day since Sunday.  Each day my fasting sugar has dropped.  Today, Tuesday, three days after I started taking the shakes, my fasting sugar was 131.  Remember how it was 171 on Sunday?

Yesterday, my sugar at 12:20 am was 198.  I tested 40 minutes later I was 148.  Another 50 point drop in 40 minutes!

On to tonight.  Tonight at around 9:24 pm I tested and my sugar was 211.  Yikes.  So I drank a shake.  An hour later, at 10:50 pm I tested again.  This time my sugar was 137.  A 74 point drop!  From drinking a freaking chocolate shake.  Whoever heard of such a thing?!  In that time between the two tests, I did nothing else that could bring my sugar levels down.  In fact, I was sitting on my ass, listening to a conference call on the phone.  This stuff is amazing.  Obviously the experiment has only just begun but I’ll be sure to blog again as the days go by to give updates.  Am I saying these shakes are a cure for diabetes or will let me eat whatever I want?  Nope. I would strongly urge anyone who tries these shakes to help with their diabetes to continue taking any medication you’re on, monitor your sugar and work with your doctor to see if your sugar levels and A1C are responding to the shakes.  I cannot guarantee that everyone will have the same results I’ve had.  I hope you do, though.

I use this product as part of a healthy living regime that includes calorie control and exercise.   GC Control simply works for me as part of that daily routine.  I know that as long as I see results like this, I’ll be drinking these shakes for life!

Again, I just want to stress this has been my experience with the GC Control shake and I cannot guarantee that everyone will have the same results.  Definitely give this product a try.  But keep taking your medication and consult your doctor before making any changes in that regard.  My diabetes is not cured.  It is under control and I intend to keep it that way.  GC Control works best when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise.