Ultra Low Carb Living

Ultra Low Carb Living with PsA

Ultra Low Carb Living

And so it begins…starting today, I will begin following (or at least trying to follow!) an ultra low carb meal plan. Ummm, I think I can already feel my body rebelling in anger about it’s impending fate. Goodbye donuts. Goodbye chips. And bread, oh the bread…goodbye…(picture the final Titanic scene with bread instead of Jack…I’ll never let go…)

What made me decide to go ultra low carb?

Lately I have had a few episodes of low blood sugar, I mean, really low blood sugar. After tracking for a bit it became clear that my blood sugar isn’t just consistently low, rather, it is all over the place. It spikes quickly, then bottoms out just as quickly, leaving me feeling terrible. The cause is still unclear- it could be related to my PsA, a side effect of the medicines, or something else entirely. We are still  unsure at this point and right now, since my A1C is low-normal there isn’t too much cause for alarm. If you are unfamiliar with the A1C test, it is a blood test that gives you an average of your blood sugar over the previous 2-3 months. So, people with diabetes,  or consistently high blood sugar, would have a number higher- like 6.5-7 or even higher. Mine was at 4.1. While this is a great indicator for people with fairly consistently high blood sugar, it doesn’t show very much if you have “swings” between high and low as it is merely an average.

Either way, I feel something really needs to be done. I feel terrible enough from my PsA and side effects from all the medicines, I don’t need to feel bad from simply choosing to eat poorly. So I’ve decided to run my own little ultra low carb experiment of my own and see if I can’t get the high and low swings under control. I’ve tried low calorie diets in the past and even with following plans as low as 1200 calories a day, I had little success feeling better starving myself.

What’s the plan?

By my own definition, and with a little research, I’ve decided on no more than 30g of carbs a day. I will admit, this is a little “fly by the seat of my pants” for me. I usually research every single thing to death, read every single thing possible, then make the most educated decision I can possibly make.  That is not what I did this time. I simply consulted Dr. Google and did a quick search of ultra low carb diets and arrived at the magic number of 30g. I know, that lack of research kind of stresses me out too, but I’ve decided to just go for it. (Gives me a daring, devil-may-care kind of feeling!!) If you are interested in coming on this journey with me, I’d love to have company! I may start a FB community where we can all post our progress, challenges, ask questions, and offer support. Comment below if that is something you are interested in joining me on and I will gladly set it up!

**Please note that if you are following the labels for carb content, you are allowed to subtract out the fiber grams to arrive at the net carb amount. **

Why blog about it?

Two reasons really, and the first is very simple. Accountability. If I know that one single person is following what I’m doing or keeping tabs on my progress I am MUCH more likely to actually do it. Sad, I know. But it’s the truth. Secondly, and even more important is that I know I’m not the only person with PsA who has also encountered issues with blood sugar. If I can help even one person feel less alone in this, or if I can help one person get a better understanding about what might be going on inside their body, then it is worth it. If my readers are a bit bored by my (hopefully frequent) updates- don’t worry, I will still continue to (try) and keep up with updates on our homeschooling, matters of faith and feeding your soul, and as many humorous stories as I can manage. Who knows, I might even up my cooking game and share some ultra low carb (and hopefully delicious) recipes with you. So be sure to keep up with me on Facebook or subscribe below for updates right in your inbox- I’d love to have all the support (ahem, people yelling at me to back away from the donuts…) I can get!

Is my family going to riot?

Well, maybe. We really enjoy “Do-Do Friday” which includes a run through Dunkin Donuts as a “we made it through another week” treat. I’m pretty sure it will take a feat of super-human strength to resist the temptation, but I just don’t have it in my heart to take that from my kiddos. Call it bad parenting, but I’ll own it. Otherwise, darling hubby has been mostly following a low carb diet the past few moths and has had a serious amount of success. Awesome for him, but that leaves me super jealous since I’m quite certain, given past attempts, that the pounds will simply fall off him, while I’ll have to fight for every single fraction of a pound. I’m sure simply gazing longingly at a chips with add 2 pounds for every 10 he loses. Smh.

So, I’d really love it if you would follow me on this journey, help hold me accountable, and if you feel like this is something you would like to climb on board for, comment below and I get together a little FB group and we can share our sorrows together.

If you are a fellow PsA Warrior with similar challenges, please tell me all about it and find me on FB or message me, I’d love to chat. Also, be sure to check out my articles on PsA at Psoriatic-Arthritis.com where I have been blessed with the opportunity to write about living with PsA as a part of the Health Union team. It is truly a wonderful and informative site that I am very lucky to be a part of.

I plan on posting updates about every other day or so so please check back often or subscribe below. Until next time, remember to smile and cherish every Sunday.




  1. February 20, 2017 / 3:12 am

    Hi! I’m also following an ultra low carb diet too! Mine is for PCOS with associated insulin resistance. The first two weeks were AWFUL (I’ve been doing it since January the 1st,) but all the headaches/shakes etc have gone now, but having to be so vigilant about every single meal is really hard…! I’m also blogging about it for the same reason-I knew I’d be more likely to stick to it if I knew people were reading about it! Also, I was becoming really down about the lack of insulin resistance reversal success stories I found online-it all seemed to be people saying it was impossible. So I am determined to make myself a success story, just so there is one out there…! Huge amounts of good luck to you, I’ll check back in to see how you’re getting on!!

    • Leanne
      February 20, 2017 / 8:13 am

      Hi Lucy! Thanks for stopping by 🙂 It feels good to know I’m not the only one giving this a try. I’m struggling a bit, but so far, I guess it is ok. I think I feel less deprived than when I did typical low calorie diets. PCOS is autoimmune, correct? Those things do such strange things to our blood sugar. Have you noticed a difference since doing it a month and a half so far? My fasting has always been on the higher end. I’ll hop over now and check out what you have going on. Thanks for reading and commenting. Maybe working together we can figure out how to beat this thing!

  2. Anna
    December 13, 2017 / 9:08 am


    I’m on day 8 of 20g net carbs each day for PsA. I’m still taking my medications. But the doctor and I have decided to trial this out for 3 months and start weaning off my medication with the hopes of managing the PsA with diet. I’m lucky, my rheum has the same disease and he manages his PsA this way. Maybe uses enbrel 3 times a year to control flare ups when diet goes array. Wish me luck!

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