It’s no secret that people with diabetes need to take special precautions when it comes to protecting themselves from nerve damage, because one of the complications arising from diabetes is peripheral neuropathy, the nerve damage that occurs if sugar levels are too high, and for too long a period.
If you’re here on this page, you may be experiencing the pain that only someone with neuropathy can truly understand. You might also be a little worried about it, and I can’t blame you!
For many people, the answer to finding some relief comes in the form of medications, and if that’s working for you, that’s great. Others, particularly those who tend towards finding a more natural solution want to stay away from medications, and find another way.
According to some experts, there are a number of ways to treat peripheral neuropathy without the drugs.
For example, the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy (whose tagline, by the way, I love! It’s “Dedicated to Reversing the Irreversible” – how awesome is that!) discusses alternatives such as biofeedback, acupuncture, and relaxation techniques.
I have come to realize that there are about 3 camps out there when it comes to working to heal a chronic illness – whether it’s type 2 diabetes or anything else.
One camp – and it seems like the majority to me – seems to follow all the advice of their doctors (I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, by any means!), without question (THAT’S what bugs me, personally – is that they don’t ask questions). They just do what the doctors say, and that’s it. No discussion like, “Hey, Doc – I know that this is what’s prescribed and what medicine says is the ultimate truth about this illness, but isn’t there anything else we could explore while I’m managing this?”
Another camp – most likely just very few people – won’t bother going to a doctor at all, and will just ignore their symptoms hoping they’ll go away.
Then another camp – which is the one I would say I fall into – would be, “Okay, this is what modern medicine says I need to deal with. So, while I’m dealing and under treatment from the doctor, I need to learn as much as I can to participate in healing. I’m going to do whatever I can to reverse this thing…”
And, I suppose that’s why this blog came about in the first place. You’ll recall from earlier posts that my dad suffers from type 2 diabetes, and has pretty much just decided to manage it with medications.
Anyway, the idea of damaging nerves to the point where I can no longer feel my feet beneath me is not something that is appealing to me. I figure that I cannot possibly be the only one thinking about this. I saw one estimate that over 20,000,000 (that’s 20 million) Americans suffer from neuropathy of one sort or another. So, it stands to reason that at least some of them want to do something about it, and want to do it naturally and without drugs.
So, if finding a natural treatment for neuropathy is something that appeals to you, you may be interested in a protocol that is described in “The Peripheral Neuropathy Solution,” developed by Dr. Randall Labrum who is a retired chiropractor and who also suffered from neuropathy. He truly does believe that this condition can be helped. He says that his system has not only worked for him, but for many, many others. He encourages readers who use his system to get in touch with him to discuss their own results. Check out the review in the video below and see for yourself if this might be just what you’re looking for! In the meantime, have a great day, and let’s work on getting better! We all deserve it!
After I wrote my original post introducing the idea of going wheat free, I couldn’t stop searching for more and more information. I spent hours – no exaggeration – poring over Dr. Davis’ blog. While reading, I also heard about another forward-thinking, wonderful person by the name of Maria Emmerich who pretty much echos what Dr. Davis talks about.
Maria Emmerich’s blog is a real treasure!
In Maria’s blog, she very generously shares more wheat and grain free recipes than anyone I’ve seen yet. In fact, the picture you see here of today’s lunch – a wheat free pizza – is something I made based on Maria’s husband Craig’s non-wheat pizza recipe! (The only thing I didn’t have was whey powder, since I don’t like using whey – something based on what I read in Isabel de los Rios’ book, Diet Solution Program).
The result was surprisingly good for my very first attempt! I just need to roll the dough out thinner, and crisp up the crust a little more.
Back to the idea of going wheat free…
Anyway, I’m not writing to really talk about the pizza, but to tell you that after spending those hours… well, actually more like a few days on Dr. Davis’ and Ms. Emmerich’s blogs, I had to buy their books. Specifically, I purchased “Wheat Belly,” “The Wheat Belly Cookbook,” and Ms. Emmerich’s “Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism.”
Half-way through Dr. Davis’ book, I made the decision to that I was going wheat free. The evidence he offers regarding today’s “wheat” (which is, according to Dr. Davis) a far cry from the wheat of ancient times) is far too compelling for me to ignore.
And since I began this blog originally to discuss healing from diabetes (and other chronic conditions), I knew I needed to begin helping Dr. Davis and Ms. Emmerich in spreading the word about the dangers and hazards of wheat. Essentially, if one were to believe Dr. Davis (and I do), there is no place in the human diet for wheat. Once you read the book, if you aren’t convinced that wheat is extremely toxic to your health, well… I honestly don’t think you’ll be hanging out at this blog any more.
Besides wheat playing havoc on the digestive tract (think “Celiac” patients), it affects nearly every organ and function in our bodies. Of particular interest to me was the discussion about how wheat affects insulin levels. If you go back to my original post about wheat, you can hear from Dr. Davis in the video… ALSO, if you watch his short video below, you can hear his own story about how he developed – and then reversed – his own case of diabetes. Look folks… this is not some pop-culture quack. Dr. William Davis is a cardiologist. Or, perhaps I should really say, a forward-thinking, really-cares-about-you-and-your-health cardiologist. One who seems to take the so-called Hippocratic Oath very, very seriously (actually, you’ll see from that link I just provided that the “oath” we always hear about is not exactly “do no harm.”)
So now I’ve been wheat-free for about 3 weeks. How is it going?
It’s going great! Although I’ve only dropped about 5 pounds thus far, I have noticed a few other, tangible differences in how I fee. First of all, I feel “steady” throughout the day. In other words, I don’t get any mid-afternoon crashes the way I used to. I haven’t had the feeling like needing a nap for 3 weeks. I am working better, with less need to “jump around” from one task to another (ahem… can we say “adult ADD?”). I have noticed that I’m not feeling “acidy” – like acid refluxy at all (if that is what it is…). I am also just not “grazing” much throughout the day.
I noticed, even as a child, that if I ate something like pancakes and syrup, I would get very shaky within an hour or two.
I also would get very light-headed and weak. Back then, I recognized that I needed protein a lot. This hasn’t changed – I like protein, and I just feel better when I have it. What I did not know then (but certainly do now!) is that it had more to do with the net carbohydrates (there’s no legal definition for net carbs – but the way Maria Emmerich explains in her book is to take the total carbs, minus the fiber content, and that gives you “net carbs.”) and the effect of sugar in the bloodstream.
My Pancake Example
So if something has, say, 6 grams of total carbohydrates and 3 grams of fiber (such as in 2 tablespoons of the natural almond butter that I just enjoyed), we take the 6 minus 3, and we have 3 “net carbs.”
Now, one of the interesting things I read in Ms. Emmerich’s book (page 50), was that 4 grams of net carbs is the equivalent of 1 teaspoon of sugar!! Do we really have to get into a discussion about the problems with sugar on this site?
So, take pancakes at IHOP. I have always loved eating pancakes! According to the IHOP Nutrition Info page, 3 original buttermilk pancakes have 69 grams of carbs, and 4 grams of fiber. 69 minus 4 = 65 “net carbs” 65 divided by 4 = the equivalent of a whopping 16.25 teaspoons of sugar going into the bloodstream!
And, on top of that, once we load it up with yummy syrup (1 ounce of the “Regular Old Fashioned Maple Pancake Syrup has another 27 grams of carbs… equivalent to another 6.75 teaspoons of sugar). So, just in the pancakes and syrup alone, that’s the equivalent of 23 teaspoons of sugar in ONE SITTING!)
So… Don’t you find all this disturbing?
Good God… What have we been doing to ourselves… to our children… all these years? Sorry IHOP… from here on, it’s just eggs for me when I visit you. And I won’t go into what’s in your kids’ Happy Meals (but I should). Is it any wonder why more and more children are developing so-called “Adult Onset” diabetes?? Frankly, I find this terribly alarming. So does Dr. Davis.
Again, this is all something you can learn about in more detail if you read Wheat Belly and Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism.
Well, this post has gone on long enough I suppose… I will be building more pages to share wheat-free recipes that I make at home, but in the meantime, I HIGHLY recommend you grab a copy of Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health (here for a discount at Amazon), as well as Maria Emmerich’s Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism (also at Amazon). Be prepared to change your life for the better! And please watch Dr. Davis’ video here.
I just saw something that was kind of alarming AND exciting – all at the same time. I know that this site was originally about talking about how to reverse diabetes, but when push comes to shove, it would appear that there’s an entire “basket,” if you will, of illnesses or “dis-ease” that can be radically turned around through diet and exercise.
I was just watching an amazing interview with a cardiologist named Dr. William Davis who has recently written a book about wheat. The book, Wheat Belly talks about how today’s wheat is NOTHING at all like the types of wheat that was grown many years ago. What Dr. Davis talks about specifically, is the fact that the wheat grown in the US today contains a “new protein” called gliadin (Dr. Davis pronounces it: GLY-uh-din). He says that it stimulates opiate receptors in our brains that increases our appetites.
He says that by doing as little as REMOVING wheat from the diet people are healing and reversing everything from diabetes to
So, WHAT do we eat? Well, remember that article I mentioned about real, whole foods in another article? Well, Dr. Davis says to think “Single Ingredient Food.” For quite some time now I’ve been looking at food labels, and if there are ingredients I can’t pronounce or don’t recognize, I don’t buy it. He’s saying to take it to a whole different level. For example, how many “ingredients” are in a tomato? Or a strawberry? Avocado? Cabbage? Lentil? Almond? You get the picture.
It makes sense, don’t you think?
He calls modern wheat a “perfect, chronic poison.” He is adament about getting rid of ALL wheat. He does NOT say to eat “whole wheat.” It doesn’t matter. This is serious stuff folks…
The raw foodists know this… the modern, forward-thinking doctors and natural health experts know this.
So why don’t we listen? Why do we continue to poison ourselves AND our children with this crap? Sorry for the vulgur wording folks, but I’m ON FIRE about this. This is important.
I believe the words that I heard someone say the other day (wish I could remember the source) – something like the media (advertising) convinces us of what we should be eating, and then pharmaceuticals treat the results…
So, what this Dr. Davis is saying makes a TON of sense to me. I’m willing to give it a try – just to see how I feel if I go for a while without eating anything with “modern wheat” in it. He is pointing to THOUSANDS – not DOZENS of cases where people are giving up their diabetes medications, tossing their arthritis meds, losing a ton of weight, and on and on.
People: if you are even remotely concerned about developing diabetes, or if you want to help yourself heal from it, or you want your joints to feel better, or you just want to drop a few pounds, isn’t it worth a few weeks of your life to see if removing wheat from your diet helps you feel better?
Food for thought.
No matter which book I study as I work on learning more about reversing diabetes and obesity without drugs, there appears to be an ongoing theme. Plant based, alkaline foods can help in the efforts to cure or heal yourself.
Now, I’m sure conventional medicine will pooh-pooh this, saying that there’s no clinical evidence about raising the pH levels of parts of the body. I don’t really care. All I care about is seeing results. I have now been noticing a distinct difference in the way I feel on a daily basis when I eat primarily vegetarian. Actually, when I eat more vegan (no animal products).
For example, last night for dinner I made an absolutely amazing, delicious meal that did not have one ounce of animal product in it. And, after we ate, we both felt really, really good. Totally satisfied, and almost… well… almost “happy” – in the sense that for some reason, our moods were lighter, and we felt like our body assimilated nutrition – and that our BODIES were “happy.”
I know this must sound nuts! But every single time we make a vegan or at least mostly vegetarian meal, we are feel better. Plain and simple.
Here’s what we had for dinner – try it yourself! There is an added benefit: It’s a fairly inexpensive meal to produce once you have the ingredients.
We made a dish of Spinach-Cilantro and Lentils. The most expensive ingredient is the coconut oil we use instead of olive oil. You can use olive oil if you don’t have coconut oil – but if you can pick up some Nutiva brand coconut oil, you are in for a real treat! Nutiva is the ONLY brand I use… If you check out my Resources page, you can find the link. Otherwise, just head down this page and click on any Amazon link – it’s MUCH more affordable through Amazon.
Anyway, here’s the EASIEST way to make this meal.
1 cup Lentils – any will do. Sort them to be sure that there aren’t any small stones. Trust me… you do NOT want to chomp down onto a stone. Rinse them, and then boil them in about a quart or 2 of water for about 16-18 minutes or so. You don’t want them too mushy – but you don’t want them too hard, either. I think that a lot depends on the freshness of the lentils. Check them after about 15 minutes and start keeping an eye on them. When done, drain, rinse, and set aside.
1 pound bag of frozen Chopped Spinach. Thaw and squeeze all the excess water out. You can use FRESH Spinach as well – just make sure you use enough so that it doesn’t wilt down to nothing. Probably one of those large bags or two of the Leaf Spinach you find in the salad or lettuce section of the store. In my store, it’s typically next to the bagged Kale (another one of my favorites!)
2 bunches of fresh Cilantro. Wash to be sure it isn’t “sandy.” Sometimes, when I buy cilantro, it can be a little sandy. You can discard the toughest part of the stems, but basically all you want to do is chop it up. If you are using a food processor to do your chopping (I highly recommend this!), you can use most of the stem.
1 – 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped Ginger AND 1 – 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped Garlic. Chop up a little hot pepper (like Jalepeno) if you like a little “zing!”
2 – 3 tablespoons of Coconut Oil (or Olive Oil).
Fresh juice of one Lemon.
Salt and Pepper to taste.
1. In a large frying pan, melt the coconut oil, and saute the Ginger, Garlic, and hot pepper for a minute or so, stirring so it doesn’t burn.
2. Add the chopped Spinach and Cilantro, and mix well. Heat until the Cilantro is all wilted (and the Spinach is wilted, if using fresh Spinach). ALSO: If you are using FRESH Spinach, you’ll want to cook it down to make sure there isn’t any of the soupy water that sometimes comes from the leaves.
3. Once the Greens, Ginger, and Garlic are well blended and cooked, add the cooked Lentils, and mix it all together so that the Lentils are well distributed throughout the mix. Heat through.
4. Add the Lemon Juice, and Salt and Pepper – stir it all together well.
5. You’re done! Serve in bowls and ENJOY! This is so yummy… And another benefit is that it’s delicious left over as well. Even cold!
Anyway, have that dish – just try it! And know that you’re one step closer to healing or reversing diabetes or obesity or whatever may be ailing you a little more naturally than you did yesterday! 🙂
If you have already been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you probably already have a glucometer. Or, if you are interested in learning about controlling diabetes naturally, a glucometer can be a VERY helpful tool! If you don’t know what this is, don’t be scared off by the name – a glucometer is nothing more than those little devices that you see diabetics use every day to check the concentration of glucose (“sugar”) in the blood. They are easy to use – you simply use the glucometer to prick your finger, and then put a drop of blood on a little disposable test strip and let the meter read the results.
Fasting Blood Sugar Morning Tests
Now, my dad takes his initial reading FIRST THING IN THE MORNING – before he even has a cup of coffee. This is called “Fasting Blood Sugar” test – since the person has not eaten in at least 8 hours. In fact, this is a very typical “first thing” that a doctor will want to do before making any kind of diagnosis. It’s a very common test. A lot of people will work on determining a “baseline” reading of their glucose levels for a week or so by testing a few times each day.
For example, first thing in the morning, and then again before they eat lunch. After about an hour or so, they’ll take another reading – and then another every hour for about 2 or 3 more hours (before eating dinner).
Make sure – if you are going to do this – that you write down your results in a small notebook. Now, if you are already a diagnosed type 2 diabetic (or type 1 diabetic), you’ve most likely already gone through all this. For someone who may be unsure, or noticing some “pre-diabetic” signals or thinking that they have enough risk factors to begin working on getting a handle on this thing before it’s too late, they will probably take these readings for at least a week.
What are Normal Blood Sugar Levels?
So the question is: What is considered NORMAL blood sugar levels? Obviously, this is going to differ from person to person, but according to webmd and a couple of other sites that I looked at, it would appear that you would be hoping for a fasting blood glucose reading of less than about 110 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) – which is how some tests show their results – or 6.1 millimoles per liter, or mmol/L.
Here is an explanation of the “milligrams per deciliter” which I also found at webmd:
The milligrams are the “mg” and the deciliter is abbreviated as “dL” Now, a milligram is 1/1000 of a gram, and a gram is about 1/30 of an ounce. And, a “deciliter” is a measure of “fluid volume” and as you can probably tell from the prefix “deci” it means 1/10 of a liter. If you buy bottled water these days, you’ll often see both a metric and US measure – and you’ll see that a liter is slightly more than a quart. (Source: http://www.webmd.com/hw-popup/milligrams-per-deciliter-mgdl)
Here is the explanation of the “mmol/L” measure – or “Millimoles/Liter” that some reports show- also from webmd – You already know that the “liter” is just a tad more than a quart. But a “mole is an amount of a substance that contains a large number (6 followed by 23 zeros) of molecules or atoms.” Therefore, since “milli” is a thousand, a “millimole” equals “one-thousandth of a mole.” (Source: http://www.webmd.com/hw-popup/millimoles-per-liter-mmoll)
Probably more info than you’re looking for, huh? We’re just interested in the results. But, I thought I’d throw that “scientific” explanation stuff in there! 🙂
A Glucometer is an Important Tool!
Anyway, the whole point of this article is to let you know that a glucometer can be an important tool if you want to work on either avoiding developing type 2 diabetes or learning about controlling diabetes naturally. The more knowledge you have, the better! Again, your health care professional will be a very important partner – and certainly wants you to be well. They’d prefer you don’t get diabetes to begin with! 🙂
Here are a few very inexpensive glucometers for sale right at Amazon! Oh – I also added a link to a cool book you might be interested in by A.M Ross called “The Glucometer: A Self Empowering Tool to a Healthy and Lean Body” which was published earlier this year (2012)!
For a number of weeks now, I have been heeding a lot of the advice of the alternative doctors who are advocating for a more “plant-based” diet (versus the standard American diet). Admittedly, I have a long way to go. BUT, I can tell you that I have been juicing and “smoothy-ing” nearly every day.
I’m actually beginning to see some results. Seriously.
Ok, for starters, let me tell you what a typical “juice” is – I’ve changed it a little bit over the course of these last couple of weeks after reading through Matt Traverso’s book that I talk about at the review page for Reverse Diabetes Now! – AND I’ve since purchased Dr. Gabriel Cousens’ book (There is a Cure for Diabetes), Living in the Raw by Rose Lee Calabro, and also The pH Miracle by Robert O. Young, Ph.D. (Dr. Young’s book was highly recommended by Matt, and I’m very intrigued by the idea of eating higher pH foods.).
So, at first, my juice was pretty heavy on the carrots and apples. I’ve since cut WAY back on both, considering the high sugar content of these foods.
Now that I’m reading Dr. Cousens’ book, I’m making the “base” of my juice more celery and cucumber, based on his recommendations. Right now we have tons of tomatoes in the garden, so I’m adding that as well (also recommended). I’ve been throwing in some yellow squash since we seem to have an overabundance of those! 🙂
After juicing the foods – along with stems of Kale, I move over to my smoothie maker.
In the smoothie maker, I LOAD it with Kale greens. According to a table in Dr. Cousens’ book, kale is king as far as nutrient density is concerned – the actual chart in the book is one made by another forward-thinking doctor, Dr. Joel Furman. I’m amazed at how much kale I’ve been eating over these last few weeks! And one of the best things about it is it is CHEAP! 🙂
So, after I pack as much kale as I can into my smoothie blender, I add the fresh juice – about 2 cups of it (the rest I drink on its own). I have been blending the kale down until it’s pretty tiny.
When I drink the mix – as well as the JUICE – I am following Dr. Cousens’ advice to “chew” the juice and smoothie so that my saliva can get to work on its part of the digestive process. In other words, I’m not “gulping” the stuff.
I have noticed that “eating” these juices and smoothies, along with a handful of sprouted almonds, has been extremely sustaining to me! I have been feeling far more focused and motivated in general. This is pretty exciting for me!
As I said earlier in this article, I’m still a long way off from how I want to feel and look, but I have a good start! There can be no doubt as to the value of becoming more plant-based in our approach to diet and health. I’m still eating meat – I haven’t gone totally vegetarian (at least not yet), but I would have to say that my vegetable intake has increased in a way I never would have thought possible.
Oh, one more thing I notice: When I’m on the road and eating the “old” way – I’m exhausted! Seriously… I need a nap after eating a burger or some junk.
Stay tuned… there’s more coming!
Let’s face it. If we are overweight, if we have high blood pressure, and if we eat garbage most of the time (instead of healthful, plant-based foods), then we are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
This seems like common sense, doesn’t it? At this site, we’ve been talking about how type 2 diabetes is largely a “lifestyle disease” – that is, an illness brought on through choices we make when it comes to our lifestyles.
And if you think about it, it’s not just diabetes that we’re talking about. It’s also about heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, etc., etc….
So, even though you probably already know this, here are some risk factors:
- Family History – if you have a parent, brother, sister, or other close relative with diabetes, then this is a risk factor.
- People with certain ethnic backgrounds tend to be more at risk (for example, African-Americans, Latino or Hispanic Americans, Alaskan Natives, Native Americans, Asian Americans)
- If you are female, and if you ever had gestational diabetes during a pregnancy, you are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
- Are you over the age of 45? If so, some doctors believe that you should be screened for diabetes since age appears to be a risk factor.
- Are you overweight? Bingo! There’s a risk factor right there.
- Do you exercise? If so, do you exercise more than 3 times per week? If not, or if you are a “couch potato” then you are definitely at a higher risk of developing this condition.
- Blood pressure over 140/90 appears to be a risk factor.
Whether you think you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes or not, there are things we, as a society, really need to start looking at. We need to start eating less animal-based diets, and more plant-based diets.
Every alternative and holistic professional seems to be in agreement with this. Some alternative doctors are a little more radical, and advocate going completely vegetarian or vegan, whereas others seem to be a little more moderate in their approach. That is, some will say to eat free-range lean meats, and wild-caught cold water fish (such as salmon) in moderation.
Obviously, you need to determine what is right for you. But let me say this: it’s obvious that more veggies and plant-based proteins are going to be overall more healthy for us than a daily ribeye on the grill. Here at this website, we’ve been finding and posting numerous resources on this topic, so please look around!
If you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, I hope you find something that inspires you to make healthy changes in your lifestyle. I know that since I’ve begun reading a lot of these resources myself, that I am already making changes – and beginning to feel better!
By the way, if you’re a visual type, check out this video!
I found what looks like a pretty good supplement that might help in your efforts to manage or reverse type 2 diabetes. It’s not really a “vitamin” per se – more of a blend of herbs. What I wound up doing is finding this product, called Optimum Diabetics, and researching EVERY active ingredient in it, and writing about it in this page here.
At first glance, it doesn’t LOOK like there’s a lot in this particular supplement, until you research the ingredients. And, as I did the research, I found that some of this stuff is pretty good for more than just managing diabetes. I referred to sources such as the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Gabriel Cousens, Livestrong, and some Wikipedia articles (if they linked to respected sources).
While numerous minerals – such as vanadium – might be found in food sources such as kelp, realistically, how much kelp are we going to eat? 🙂 So, there is some value in certain types of supplementation I guess! Again, if you are under a doctor’s care, or are pregnant or nursing, or have other issues, you would want to show this article to your healthcare practitioner to see if Optimum Diabetics might be a good addition to your protocol
You won’t find this particular supplement in stores – it’s currently available online at this time. So, read about it FIRST at our page, and take it from there!
Once you read Matt Traverso’s book, “Reverse Diabetes Now!” or any of the other experts’ books on the subject, you will soon discover that live, fresh juices are a key component to their recommendations.
In these two articles, I go into some depth about the differences between juicing and blending, the types of juicers on the market (e.g. “masticating” versus “centrifugal”), and a discussion about what are considered “healthy” juices (a quick walk down the middle “juice” aisles in any grocery store will give you a hint as to what’s NOT considered a healthy juice).
Also, if you have been wondering about “Green Drinks,” I go into great detail about what’s in my personal favorite green drink (Vitamineral Green by Health Force SuperFoods).
Here is the link to each article:
As time goes by, and as soon as I have some time to finish filming some additional techniques, I’ll be sharing videos on some of my favorite drinks and smoothies, so you can see it in action.
I don’t yet have ALL the juicers I want – I need to save up for my next Omega or Champion juicer (we had an awesome Omega 8005 juicer this past winter, but had to sell it before leaving – we were running out of space to carry things home…). But as I do buy more juicers, I’ll do my best to get video footage of them.
UPDATE: I did find a video we made of the Omega juicer, and added it to our “What is the Best Juicer on the Market?” page here at the site.
So, anyway – since starting this site a while back, I’ve made some pretty remarkable progress in improving my own health and well-being. I am kind of on the “plant based diet” bandwagon now, and as you can see, I’m also on the “healthy juices” bandwagon as well! LOL! I can’t help it… The way I feel is telling me something.
I’m not entirely there yet, and still need to incorporate more of Matt Traverso’s program, but I’m getting there a little at a time! 🙂
I’m sure it came as no surprise to learn that diabetics – heck… scratch that. ALL of us, no matter what state of health we’re in – ALL of us should be avoiding nasty fats, fried foods, meat and dairy, and all junk food.
But, what does that leave? 🙂 What can diabetics eat that isn’t going to make (all of us) feel sorry for ourselves just gazing down at pieces of carrots and celery? 🙂
Don’t worry! There are PLENTY of wonderful foods that are tasty and healthy!
Here is the clue: Plant-based diet.
Yup! The more plant-based foods you include in your diet, the better. The old “food pyramid” of the 1960s is gone. The “foundation” of our diets should no longer be meats and breads. Nope. It’s time to turn that thing on its head and build your nutritional foundation with lots and lots of fresh vegetables, fruits, and legumes.
Matt Traverso talks at great length about the dangers of consuming an animal-based diet, which is what most Americans have heard for so long. I am in agreement with Matt about cutting out meat, but until the incredibly large meat industry stops filling up TV commercial time with those images of barbeques and family dinners, most people aren’t likely to give up meat on their own.
Well… who knows what the future will bring. Remember, there was once a time when cigarette companies could advertise on TV and in magazines. Notice you don’t see that anymore? Anyway, I’ll let Matt explain more about that…
So, even if you’re not quite ready to give up meat, please consider making MOST of your plate loaded with fresh vegetables. Lots and lots of leafy greens. The more raw, the better! You may think that it’s difficult to have tons of raw veggies and fruits, but it’s easier if you begin to consider adding a juicing and/or smoothie regimine to your day. I’ve begun writing about this here, and if you go to my page “What are the Best Juicers on the Market” you’ll get a primer about juicers and blenders in general.
In the book, Matt doesn’t leave you guessing as to what you can do when it comes to juicing – so I’ll leave that to him. In the meantime, some EXCELLENT things you can begin eating, if you aren’t already, include foods low in sugar and fat (obviously – but you’ll soon learn about “good” fats versus “bad” fats) – and a lot of these suggestions come from the American Diabetes Association (which will probably NOT talk about reversing diabetes… just managing it…):
Berries: If you love raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries… boy are you in luck! These are superfoods for EVERYONE… not only people with diabetes!
Dark, Leafy Green Veggies: We are probably harping on this – but veggies such as kale, spinach, brocolli, collard greens are LOADED with more nutrients than I can shake a stick at. Have as much as you want! 🙂 YUMMMMM!
Some Fruits: Fruits like Citrus (lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits), and also TOMATOES and AVOCADOS are great!! Yup, tomatoes and avocados are fruits – and don’t worry about the occasional avocado as being too “fatty.” It’s a “monounsaturated” fat – like that found in olive oil, so enjoy a California avocado in moderation. Just don’t couple it with tortillas! By the way, even though avocado is a fruit, it’s low in sugar, and the carbohydrate levels are offset somewhat by their high fiber. At their website, www.Diabetes.org, the American Diabetes Association has a number of recipes that include avocado. Here’s a photo of what I just ate – a bowl of chopped tomato and a small avocado. 🙂
Sweet Potatoes: This may sound surprising, since they’re “sweet” but they are actually a better alternative to eating a typical white potato. I was reading an article in Reader’s Digest about this (ok, so maybe Reader’s Digest isn’t the American Medical Association… but still…), and they were explaining that eating a SWEET potato versus WHITE potato would mean “your blood sugar will rise about 30 percent less!” (source: http://www.rd.com/health/healthy-eating/the-health-properties-of-sweet-potatoes/)
Salmon: Salmon is high in the type of fat known as “Omega 3 Fatty Acids” – but don’t ruin it by frying it! 🙂 But you knew that…
Beans and Legumes: Beans and legumes (such as lentils) are everywhere, and they’re CHEAP! 🙂 They are high in fiber and a great source of vegetable protein. I just made a meal last night where I boiled up some lentils (takes about 20 minutes once I pick through them to be sure there aren’t any stones), and then in a pan, I heated up some spinach with chopped garlic and ginger. Once the spinach was cooked, I added the lentils, made sure all excess water was boiled out, then topped it with the juice of a fresh lemon. Try it! It’s REALLY good!
PS: Here’s that disclaimer again! I’m not a doctor or a nurse or a medically-trained professional. Obviously, for people diagnosed with diabetes, it’s important to talk about your food choices with a qualified healthcare practitioner who can help you determine the best meal plan for your specific needs. Everyone’s body is different! If you have qualified and trained nutritionists in your area, it might be a good idea to get an appointment with him or her since a lot of regular physicians aren’t completely up to speed on nutrition. Work hand in hand with your health care specialists. And you might find someone who believes you can take charge of your health. Ya never know…