It is my understanding that Paleo has been demonstrated to be beneficial to those with diabetes, so hopefully my train of thought isn't too far off here. I'm curious as to how the Paleo diet ("diet" meaning how one eats, not necessarily as a manner of weight loss) would appear in diabetic-exchange format.
For myself, I'm mostly interested because I have a hideous addiction to counting calories, and I'm desperate to stop. I think if I moved more to an exchange-based system, it might help me transition from counting to more intuitive-style eating and permit me to stop fixating on numbers, and rather more on healthy portions.
I'm not sure, though. What do you guys think? What would a paleo diabetic-exchange diet look like to you? What does your diet look like, if you broke it down into exchanges?
Thank you! :)
ETA: I figured I ought to clear some things up. :)
I'm not diabetic, though I am wanting to keep an eye on my health. I'm at a healthy weight, but I have struggled with an eating disorder in the past. I'm a reformed vegetarian, which means I have done my time with high-carb and I'm so over it (I still enjoy 2-3 pieces of fruit, some nuts/seeds, and dark chocolate daily, though).
When I was a vegetarian, I tried to transition into IE (intuitive eating) but failed horribly, which I now -- in retrospect -- believe was mostly because I'm intolerant to most vegetarian proteins (I can't eat dairy, gluten, soy, most legumes, etc, and I recently discovered that it was all the grains that I eat that was making me so sick in the past). Due to these dietary restrictions, I messed up my body horribly and gained weight. I'm not overweight or underweight, but I am very OCD and struggle with overcoming my fixation on numbers. I just want a healthy balance and a healthy relationship with food, and to put my ED behind me and not let it control me anymore.
Also, just to throw that out there, I eat ~2000 +/- calories a day, so undereating isn't an issue for me right now, but because I don't trust myself to "know how" to eat properly. I'm hoping you guys can help point me in the right direction here on learning how to eat to nourish myself properly. :)