“Everything is on fire, and you’re in hell”


“Managing type 1 diabetes is as easy as riding a bike … except the bike is on fire, and you’re on fire, and everything is on fire, and you’re in hell!”

Having a sick child is stressful for parents. Imagine worrying about your child every minute of every day and every night. Poorly controlled children with Type 1 diabetes are sick every day.

LCHF can give these children wellness. It can give not only children, but their families, their lives back.

In this incredibly powerful presentation Patrick’s parents; Justin and Julie, share the heart-wrenching story of their Australian family’s two-year journey to ‘normal blood glucose readings’ after Patrick was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 6.

“The hospital dietitians told us to feed him according to the standard food pyramid. We followed this advice to the letter.

The hospital had assured us that such post-meal spikes were expected in T1D, and that we were doing an excellent job.

… So, we did what any parents would do when facing an impasse regarding a serious condition threatening their child’s health … We consulted YouTube, and a bunch of strangers on Facebook!

We made the switch to LCHF without having to wait for the world to change.

We didn’t have to grin and bear the high carb approach. We didn’t have to ask anyone’s permission to turn things upside down. We didn’t have to argue, shout, or convince anyone else.

We just quietly switched …

The transition to Low Carb Healthy Fat was initially overwhelming for us, not only because we were grappling with T1D, but also because Patrick has anaphylaxis.

He started the LCHF journey with life-threatening allergies to peanuts, sesame, egg, all tree nuts (except almonds, which we had only just started introducing) and all dairy (except a small amount of hard cheese, such as parmesan).

So what did we do? We started by converting one meal at a time.

Along the way, many of Patrick’s allergies have resolved. He is now happily eating dairy, eggs and most tree nuts, and this has helped us lower his daily carbohydrate intake even further.

Despite us not following the standard food pyramid, Patrick is exceeding the year level expectations at school and participates in extension programs for maths and spelling.

It appears that his brain is functioning efficiently on a Low Carb diet.

We have regular reviews with Patrick’s paediatrician and diabetes educator. They monitor his diabetes and our management strategies, his allergies and his overall growth and development.

Patrick’s growth has continued on the 50th centile for weight and 90th centile for height.

Children need normal blood glucose readings to reduce the risk of serious complications in their brain, eyes, heart, kidneys and nerves.

These complications explain why a diagnosis of T1D typically reduces life expectancy by about 12 years.”


Personally, I also highly recommend TYPEONEGRIT, an incredibly knowledgeable and supportive group of people who follow Dr. Richard Bernstein’s approach to achieving normal blood glucose levels for people of all ages with Type 1 diabetes. https://www.facebook.com/Type1Grit/?fref=ts

Most of the people in the TYPEONEGRIT group (1000+ people) report normal blood glucose levels and A1cs in the 4s and 5s.

Bernstein’s approach involves eating Low Carb, Proper Protein for age, and Healthy Fat, and offers a range of other diabetes management techniques.

I want to thank Justin and Julie for giving me permission to share the PDF of their slides on our website http://www.nutritionforlife.healthcare/…/low-carb-for-type-…

Belinda Fettke

To view Justin and Julie’s talk from the Low Carb Down Under Epworth Meeting, 2016, please click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLg4vBGpLM0