“If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything.” Those were the words my dear father in law always said to me, and you know, he was right.
My father in law was a sweet man, maybe too sweet. He helped others more than himself.
Throughout his life he acquired many health issues. He was hypothyroid from a young age which was not attended to. He had heart disease, gout, diabetes type 2, and, at the end kidney failure. As long as I can remember, he was uncomfortable in his body.
He had a tough time with food and an even tougher time with the pills the doctors required him to take. Yet he took them and each time he went back to the doctors, they gave him more. I know he felt helpless with all the prescriptions. He wanted to trust the system and trust the doctors. He was from the generation who did exactly what doctors said, even if it hurt his body.
While visiting him in the hospital after his second heart attack, his meal was brought in. Being the nosy nutritionist I am, I took a close look at what they were feeding him. I had to bite my tongue and shut my mouth! In fact, while the hospital Dietitian was explaining his food choices I went for a walk, this was not my time to be bossy, but I sure wanted to be!
On his plate was some sort of small meat patty. That’s protein, which is fine, but what did they cook it in? There was a salad consisting of iceberg lettuce, a tomato slice and a packet of fat-free dressing (made with rancid vegetable oils and sugar). He had a few potatoes (starch), a roll (more starch), with margarine, yes, margarine, the rancid fat! A fruit cup soaked in sugar water, and for dessert, (dessert for a diabetic / heart patient?), there were 2 Nilla-Vanilla wafer cookies! The dietitian proudly explained how they were low fat, which she mistakenly believed to be good for him.
To create these low fat processed foods, sugar is added in replacing butter and creating addiction. Rancid vegetable oils are added to keep them cholesterol free, and preservatives to keep them on the shelf forever.
Remember this was for a Type 2 diabetic who had heart disease, obesity, and weak kidneys!
What kind of diabetic meal was that? There were enough carbohydrates for 3 or more days! No healthy fats, and a tiny amount of overcooked protein!
I guess this is the way they keep customers returning.
Today, we are hearing how Diabetes is steadily increasing, especially with kids. From CBS news, “1/3 of all Americans are obese and expected to rise. Projecting a 42% obesity rate by 2030, Diabetes, heart disease and cancer all increasing.”
More than 84 million adults – that’s 1 in 3 have prediabetes. 90% of these people with prediabetes don’t know they have it!
From Mark Hyman MD, author of The Blood Sugar Solution, uses the term “Diabesity” (diabetes + obesity). “Diabesity is the leading cause of most chronic disease in the 21st century. Specifically, those with diabesity are at an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, dementia, cancer, high blood pressure, blindness and kidney failure”.
This can be changed. Type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle disease. Starting with nutrition, what and how you eat can eliminate your risk, and symptoms.
When your diet is full of processed fast foods, starchy carbohydrates (bars, cereals, bread, muffins, pasta, etc.), and sugar-laden drinks, your body uses insulin to remove the sugar from your bloodstream and store it. This storage becomes the extra fat you want gone. Eating these foods all-day, every-day causes your cells to become numb to the insulin, so your body produces more. That’s where the name “insulin resistance” comes in. When blood sugar stays too high, we have diabetic symptoms and all the declining body issues that go with it.
Dr. William Davis from “Wheat Belly” says” eating two slices of whole wheat bread can increase blood sugar more than 2 tablespoons of pure sugar can”!
So, what should we do? How should we eat?
From the beginning of humanity, our bodies were NOT meant to eat massive amounts of processed carbohydrates. In fact, our bodies do not require carbohydrates to live. However, we cannot survive without fats, proteins, and water.
Looking into past research, we didn’t have the issues of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, etc. before mass agriculture, which has led to an American-style diet based on the wrong type of fats, massive amounts of wheat and grains, and epidemic doses of sugar. All of which puts enormous stress on the digestive system, kidneys, liver, and brain.
Dr. Davis says “wheat is an appetite stimulant. It makes you want more – more cookies, cupcakes, pretzels, candy, soft drinks”. This is a recipe for diabetes.
Do you ever wonder why Americans have been eating lower-fat and higher carbohydrates and they are not getting healthier but instead sicker? “Sadly, they are doing exactly what the American Dietetic Association (ADA), has been telling them to do”, says Dr. Davis, The list of American Diabetes Association-recommended foods includes:
- Whole grain breads, such as whole wheat or rye
- Whole grain, high fiber cereal
- Cooked cereal such as oatmeal, grits, hominy, or cream of wheat
- Rice, pasta, tortillas
- Cooked beans and peas, such as pinto beans or black-eyed peas
- Potatoes, green peas, corn, lima beans, sweet-potatoes, squash
- Low-fat crackers and snack chips, pretzels, and fat-free popcorn
Holy cow! To Paraphrase, eat carbohydrates, sugar, starch, and more sugar!
Dr. Bernstein, who at the age of 12 was diagnosed with diabetes Type 1 was what he called a “typical diabetic” with roller coaster blood sugar numbers. He discovered with a very low carbohydrate diet he can manage his diabetes without medication, feel energetic, and his serum blood cholesterol and triglycerides are in normal range.
Thomas S. Cowan, MD author of “The Fourfold Path to Healing” also suggest a very low-carb eating plan for weight loss, diabetes type 2 and insulin resistance.
His recommendation is no more than 60 grams of carbohydrates per day. To give you an idea, the ADA advises 300 grams of carbohydrates per day while many Americans consume more than 500 grams per day, every day!
So, how do you change this?
- Eat whole unprocessed foods. Pastured meats and eggs, wild fish, fresh veggies, avocados, olive oil, and whole cream butter.
- Start reading labels, even bacon has added sugar.
- Do the math. Count your daily carbohydrates and see how much you are consuming daily.
- Remember bread, rice and processed snacks break down into sugar in the mouth within 4-5 chews.
- Stop snacking all day. This releases insulin and stores fat.
- Increase healthy fats such as; avocado, olives, coconut oil, macadamia nut oil, grass fed butter, and olive oil.
- Eat protein (meat, eggs, fish) with every meal.
- Fill your plate with colorful veggies.
- Move your body. Daily walks after meals have been shown to reduce blood sugar levels.
- Add 1-2 T. apple cider vinegar to your water after a meal. This can also help to reduce blood sugar levels.
- Sleep. The less sleep you get the higher your blood sugar is in the morning. This also creates cravings for sweets later in the day.
- Find what brings you joy and have fun! We often are looking for something sweet in our life, a candy bar is not what we need.
I have helped many Diabetics Type 2 get off the blood sugar roller coaster. For further details and HELP with this painful and chronic condition, GO HERE for my BLOOD SUGAR QUIZ and TREATMENT PROTOCOL.
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