Especially if you have type 2 or “adult onset” diabetes. You already KNOW that you should stay totally away from processed, refined foods. You already KNOW that fast food (aka “junk food”) is out.
Look. Do you want to get well? If you really want to get well, then it is time to take this bull by the horns and STOP eating garbage.
Plain and simple.
The very first thing you need to start doing (in my humble opinion) is to start reading food labels. This is not a game. This is serious. It’s your LIFE we’re talking about here! When I watched the movie “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” the other night, I was absolutely amazed at what I learned. I honestly thought I knew a lot more about true nutrition than I did.
The guys featured in the movie weren’t contending with diabetes (yet), but they were struggling with other health issues – and obesity was one of them.
If you are a type 2 diabetic, the odds are probably pretty good that you’re also struggling with your weight, at least a little. Because obesity is definitely something that can lead not only to diabetes, but a host of other illnesses as well.
So, here’s a SHORT LIST of some foods diabetics should avoid. Even if you haven’t yet been diagnosed with diabetes, and are just trying to head it off at the pass (which is what I’m personally doing right now), here it is. I’m not saying that giving up some of these things is easy. But what if you just started a little at a time? No junk food this week… Then next week, maybe have a day of only plant-based meals (that is, no meat or dairy). Then maybe the next week cut out the coffee or tea… or whatever.
If you’re “craving” meat or some animal protein, grab a handful of almonds and see if that helps.
We’ll add a post of GOOD foods to eat as well… One thing at a time.
Again, this is just a short list of foods to avoid – not only to help prevent or reverse diabetes – but for wellness in general.
Meat – I honestly am having a hard time finding anything positive about meat since the guys whose information I’m studying (Dr. Gabriel Cousens, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Robert O. Young, Dr. Julian Whitaker, Matt Traverso, and a host of other well-known and highly respected experts) are all making some VERY compelling arguments about why we shouldn’t be consuming an animal-based diet.
Sugar – I think this one goes without saying. But a lot of people don’t realilze just how much sugar is in the everyday foods we eat. By the way, I don’t care WHAT TV commercials that the Corn Refiners Association puts out there, if the label says “high fructose corn syrup,” it’s something you probably don’t want to be eating.
Alcohol – I think this goes without saying as well. I can’t find one single person in this field who says it’s ok. In addition to being a poisonous substance to our liver, it adds empty calories. It’s also a depressant. So, if we’re already dealing with a potentially fatal disease, so we really need to add additional depressants?
Caffeine – Poison. According to Matt Traverso in his Reverse Diabetes Now! book, it was “more than 200 acids.” He also mentions that the energy we THINK we’re getting from caffeine is actually “from the body’s struggle and effort in neutralizing this poison.” (page 53, Reverse Diabetes Now!)
Processed Fats – We can go on and on about this, but for now, anything on a food label that says “partially hydrogenated” or “hydrogenated” is something you should avoid.
Milk – Humans were meant to drink mother’s milk in infancy. Not all throughout our lives. It does begin to sound a little gross to think that we’re drinking the milk of another mammal. I’m not going to get into an argument here. You don’t have to take my word for it. Why not read this interesting letter that a Dr. Robert M. Kradjian (Breast Surgery Chief Division of General Surgery, Seton Medical Centre in Daly City, CA) wrote to his patients about this: http://www.notmilk.com/kradjian.html or this interesting article by Vivian Goldschmidt, MA at http://saveourbones.com/osteoporosis-milk-myth/, or get Matt Traverso’s breakthrough work here at => “Reverse Diabetes Now!” where he devotes a lot of space in discussing this, and many other things that are going to be crucial if you truly do want to work on being totally well.
White Flour – I know, this is a tough one! Do the best you can – switch over to as many whole grains as possible. If you haven’t tried the “Ezekiel 4:9” brand of sprouted grain breads, you’re in for a treat! It has no flour in it at all. Please note: It is NOT gluten free – but it doesn’t have white flour (The company, Food For Life does have gluten free products, I just haven’t seen them around too much yet up where I live). Ezekiel 4:9 products are typically frozen, and most large supermarkets now carry it in their natural foods sections. If, for some reason you can’t find it in your local supermarket, try a specialty health food store, or on Amazon (I found it here).
So, again, this was not an exhaustive list, but these appear to be the “biggies” when it comes not only to preventing or reversing diabetes, but also to help prevent other nasties as well.
Coming up… Foods that are GOOD! 🙂