people ask me, "Can I cure my diabetes?" I tell them "Under most
circumstances, yes, you can." Then they ask me, "And after I'm
cured, will I be able to eat all the sugary treats I used to
eat?" That's where the education must begin.
Type 2 Diabetes occurs when the body has been fed an unhealthy diet for a long enough period of time that it can no longer tolerate the damage that is being done and then the body's systems begin to deteriorate and the person begins to develop symptoms. Genetics does play some role in how long a person is able to eat this unhealthy diet before they develop Diabetes. Some people's bodies may only be able to tolerate an unhealthy diet for a very short time before they develop Metabolic Syndrome. Some people can go for many years with chemical imbalances in the body due to poor diet before the body can no longer tolerate the situation. After you correct this situation by changing over to the diet your body was meant to consume, your diabetic symptoms may disappear, but they will return if you go back to your previous unhealthy diet. So no, you will NOT be able to go back to eating an unhealthy diet if you want to remain diabetes-free. Being cured of diabetes does not mean you can go back to abusing your body.
What do I mean by an "unhealthy diet"? Studies of longevity and diet in traditional cultures have found that the traditional hunter/gatherer diet tends to produce the best health and longest life, and few cases of Diabetes are found there. This diet would have consisted of whatever the individual could hunt and kill, or gather growing wild. This would have been before the rise of agriculture and cultivation of crops. The hunter/gatherer ate fresh, growing foods. If they found wheat growing, they would have eaten it in the stage of a young, green grass. By the time the wheat dried out, and became nothing more than hard dry wheat berries, it would no longer have been fit to eat. Early hunter/gatherers ate their food raw, and would not have been able to chew hard, dry wheat berries. It is only when grains were dried and traditional cultutres learned to grind them into flour and bake them do we see the incidence of Diabetes begin to rise. Wheat and other grains were intended to be eaten as young, tender green plants, not as dried out, ground up starch. Also, the development of sweetners and the availability of fruit all year round in the grocery store as opposed to fruit in season fresh from trees has also contributed to Diabetes.
Rather than eating foods fresh and in season, we eat sweet and starchy foods all year round. Starchy foods are cheap and our government has placed them at the bottom of our food pyramid, which assures that the poorest of our citizens will overeat these cheap grains and sweetened foods, which are not good for health. 65% of the diet should be vegetables, 20% meats, dairy, beans and other protein sources, 10% fresh fruits in season and 5% healthy fats such as coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, fresh raw nuts, and butter. No trans fats or polyunsaturated oils. No grains. No caloric sweetners.
There are several foods that I have found to be extremely helpful in eating a healthy diet and avoiding high carbohydrate foods.
The first is Chana Dal. It looks like a yellow split pea or lentil, but it is NOT a split pea or lentil. It taste mildly like a garbanzo bean, and works well as a substitute in hummus (garbanzos have too many carbs). If you buy a product called Chana Dal and the ingredient list says yellow split peas or lentils, don't buy it. It needs to say something like "Bengal Gram dal" The beauty of REAL Chana Dal is that it is a 5 on the glycemic index, which means it's effect on blood sugar levels is negligible. It's great in soups and stews, makes great hummus, and can be combined with a variety of seasonings. I have bought the Bob's Red Mill brand below and tested my blood sugar after eating it, and it has an extremely limited effect.
Bob's Red Mill AUTHENTIC Chana Dal
The Next item that is invaluable to eating the low-carb lifestyle is the Miracle Noodle. Miracle Noodles and Miracle Rice are made totally from soluable fiber. Hence, they have no calories and no carbs, and do not raise your blood sugar. You should substitute these noodles and rice for regular noodles and rice in your diet. They are very filling and are delicious with all sauces.
Miracle Noodles and Miracle Rice
The next company I recommend is Walden Farms. They have a series of products that are all 0 carbs, 0 calories. The first of their products I ever used was their pancake syrup. I had been using typical "sugar free" syrups, which are NOT carb-free. The Walden Farms syrup tastes just like maple syrup but does not raise your blood sugar. I have also used the Strawberry Fruit Spread on low-carb toast, and the chocolate syrup on low-carb ice cream. Both very good. They also have an excellent caramel dip. Visit their website HERE. The link to our Amazon.com Organic Grocery page also has a limited number of Walden Farms products available through Amazon so you can add them to your regular Amazon orders. Visit our Organic Grocery Page
Next, your meats should be grass-fed and/or free range. Typical beef cattle are fed corn or other grains, which makes the beef higher in fat. Grass-fed cows usually are not fed hormones or antibiotics, and the meat is lower in saturated fat and cholesterol. Also, the cattle are treated more humanely.
Grass-fed Ground Beef sampler
Chickens should be free-range and NOT corn fed. They should be fed their traditional diet and allowed to scratch around in the barnyard rather than being forced to live in cages, which causes diseases and necessitates the use of antibiotics. The meat will not have hormones in it and the animals will be healthier and lower in fat and toxins.
Nuts should be raw, unroasted, and organic if possible. Below is a selection of raw nuts:
Raw, mixed nuts
Pecan Butter, my favorite treat
Please avoid peanut butter, too high in Omega 6, not a good Omega 3 - Omega 6 balance.
I highly recommend coconut flour as a substitute for wheat flour in baking. It does not have gluten, so it does not rise unless you add a lot of eggs, but it makes great pancakes, muffins and other baked goods.
Organic Coconut Flour, eligible for Amazon Prime
My own research shows that diabetics have severe magnesium deficiency as well as chromium polynicotinate. Supplementing the B Complex vitamins would also benefit those with diabetes. A cinnamon supplement has been shown to help diabetics decrease their insulin resistance. We hope to soon be able to offer you a set of high quality nutritional supplements to assist you with maintaining wellness.
As far as your fruits and vegetables, you can go to LocalHarvest.org to find locations, dates and times for your local farmer's markets to get your organic, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables.
Although fish is a very healthy food, I CANNOT recommend fish because all freshwater and ocean fish contains dangerous levels of mercury due to the pollution of our water supplies. The only fish that is at all safe is Wild Alaskan Salmon. It's hard to find sources for that, so I just take a krill oil supplement to increase my levels of Omega 3 fatty acids. I have found that Omega 3 fish or krill oils drastically reduce the system inflammation in my body, something that contributes to diabetes, heart disease, and almost every degenerative disease known to man.
Krill Oil, 1000 mg capsules
According to Dr. Joseph Merola, the dosage for fish or krill oil should be one 1000 mg capsule for every ten pounds of body weight. So a 100 pound person would take ten capsules per day.
The goal of this way of life is to reduce foods which cause systemic inflammation, reduce circulation and increase insulin resistance. Protein molecules in the blood are smooth and slide around easily. Sugar and starch molecules coat the protein molecules so they become "sticky" and this is what causes diabetics to have vascular damage. The tiny veins and capillaries get clogged when these molecules stick together and oxygenated blood cannot get to the extremeties, and also causes retinal and kidney damage.
I hope this information has been helpful to you. More to come later!
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