Sunday, September 27, 2009

3 months no insulin, time to celebrate with cake!

As a type 1 diabetic, I've been 3 months off of insulin and almost 9 months of going grain-free, dairy-free, and legume-free (paleo). Blood sugars have all been good. I just started my senior year of college!

I found a bread recipe on the blog The SCD girl and her kid. It's a grain free, dairy free, paleo and low carb recipe. I turned it more into a cake by adding some stevia and coconut oil frosting (not pictured). It's very easy to make and is very filling!For the recipe click here:

Here's how mine turned out. I can't wait to make it again!


  1. congrats on your successful journey. that cake looks like something im going to have try out. thanks for keeping us posted on your progress. my dad is a diabetic and im trying to show him theres a different way!

  2. Thanks Rachel! The cake is very good and low carb! I just did the math for it if you cut it up in 12 squares...
    calories per square is 280
    total carbohydrate is 8g
    fiber is 3.5g

  3. I am really considering going stone age for a few months to see what happens, thanks to you. I am a long term T1 though so it may be too late for my cells to regenerate. Did you find your insulin requirements slowly decreasing before you quit entirely?

    I am excited about your cake!!! Thanks for posting the recipe and the picture for inspiration.

    Also, I just found this guy and thought you might like to read his blog too... a paleo-friendly doctor. If only I could find one.

  4. Yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!!

  5. Great recipe - I will try it with cinnamon added. A recipe I made up is as follows:

    In a glass meatloaf pan:
    --- bottom layer of fruit - cherries or apples or peaches or blueberries, etc, or mixed
    --- topping of ground almond mixed with coconut milk and spices

    For the topping, I use about 1/3rd bag ground almonds from Trader Joes, and mix in coconut milk until it is light and fluffy.

    Put in the oven for about 50 minutes at 375 degrees.

  6. Congrats on your celebration cake. It's so good to hear the SCD is helping. We first started the SCD as a temporary trial for our son's autism. But now we know more about our own body chemistry, that our Celiacs puts us at high risk for diabetes and more autoimmune issues. So I have been trying to convert as many recipes as I can to the SCD. It just makes sense to eat this way, and the extra energy is nice. Best of luck to you. Are you going to post recipes?

  7. Hi Elizabeth, sorry for the late reply. Before I quit insulin entirely I was using less fast acting insulin but always the long acting. There were days or a week would go by where I wouldn’t use humalog at all. I did that about a month and half before quitting all insulin.

  8. Hi Mrs. Ed, thank you! Well I put a link for the cake recipe if you want to try it. If I post a food item, I'll always make sure the recipe is availble by including in the blog post or having a link to it. Glad to know SCD is helping your family!

  9. deinandra- Thank you, that recipe sounds amazing!!! Will definitely try it!

    rachel421- Thanks for reading! Is your dad a type 1 or 2? I think paleo would help with either type though!

    Susan- Thanks for adding me to your page!!

  10. Hi Michelle!

    I stumbled across your blog through tu diabetes, and am very encouraged by your results!

    I have been trying the Primal Blueprint diet ( for the last month, pretty similar to paleo. I have had type 1 diabetes for 15 years, since I was 13 years old, so I don't have much hope for reversing it (my poor pancreatic cells are all burnt out) but I have been decreasing my insulin maybe there is hope down the line, who knows? I only wish I had heard about this 15 years ago while I may have still had a pancreas with a fighting chance! C'est la vie.

    Anyway, I still include dairy in my diet, in the form of greek yogurt and hard cheeses, mostly, some cream in coffee (giving up everything at once just seemed to hard!) I am pretty much grain-free, though, and it does seem to be helping with my blood sugar levels. I am curious as to what made you decide to cut out all dairy? I have never experienced lactose intolerance, so I figured in small doses it's OK for me, but I like to hear all sides. Also, do you avoid alcohol or drink on occasion? I enjoy a glass of wine or beer every now and again.

    I look forward to hearing about your journey as it continues! I hope your remission continues for a long time.

    I will keep you posted on my progress as well.


  11. Hi Sarah, thanks for reading. I think it’s great that you’re doing a grain-free diet and that your insulin needs already decreased! I decided to cut out all dairy because I wanted to eliminate anything foreign that could be acting as an environmental trigger for T1D.  Since the 1980’s cow’s milk has been proposed to be an environmental factor for T1D so I thought it was an obvious choice to get rid of, along with grain and legumes. I actually just tried goat’s cheese a few weeks ago and I seemed to tolerate it okay. There’s another type 1 diabetic little girl who eliminated grain and replaced cow’s milk with goat’s milk and she’s doing fine (she's been off insulin for over a year) so I thought I would give it a try too. I'm not really a drinker but dry wine and vodka are allowed on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, which is the other diet I follow, similar to the paleo diet, but not as strict. And please let me know how it goes for you! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Hello
    I think this is good for you that its grain free, dairy free..Thank you very much for sharing that recipe link with us.Actually I just love cakes and I like this recipe.


  13. Hi Rose, thanks for reading! What I love about this recipe is that it's simple and has few ingredients!

  14. I was diagnosed with type 2 5 yrs. ago, and was on Metformin until the spring of this past year. My endo did a c peptide, and it came back inconclusive. He decided I needed to use insulin and placed me on hnumalog 75/25. Then i went to a medtronic pump, which had a recall, so i was placed back on the pen. I wasnt tolerating the insulin from the pen well, ( 1 injection a day went from 13 units in the morning, to 3 units, with hypoglycemia most of the day and evening...) so another pump was tried ( Animas ) with the slightest basal rate possible, and bolus at meals...i was totally hypoglycemic, and removed from the pump last Saturday ( 1 week ago ) to see if i didnt need far, i have been ok...ranging from 108 to 130 without meals, 150-190 with meals ( no meds, eating what i want ) when walking around, or doing housework i have normal BG...were not sure why all of a sudden I went hypoglycemic, and cant tolerate insulin, but i am now eating low carb to see if I can keep the numbers low...This diet intrigues me...I will read up on it and try this... I wonder if i wasnt really a type 1 after the inconclusive test, and didnt need insulin...or i went into a remission stage...were repeating the test, as my last A1-c was 6.1 last week...any thoughts?

  15. ohhh by the way....Im Peggy and its nice to be able to post here...TY

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