Friday, 4 May 2012

Prevent or Even Reverse Diabetes (Part 2)

Sometimes a physician may advise a patient to eat many smaller meals each day with less carbohydrate and more protein – almost the exact opposite of what we are proposing here. The physicians make these suggestions largely because patients usually won’t do what is best. Carbohydrate is the preferred food for the trillion cells in your body. The reason a physician suggests a cutback is that Americans eat mostly refined carbohydrates.

The fad for “low-carb” regimens is highly flawed. Rather than helping us eat unrefined carbs, which is just what our body needs, it recommends that we increase fat protein and reduce carbs. This is hard on our kidneys and produces high levels of toxins in the blood. In fact, before the most well known of the low-carb programs we recently revised, the user had to test the urine several times each day for ketones (organic byproducts from burning fat). Since the high-protein diet could cause damage and even death from ketoacidosis, the ketone level had to be carefully monitored.

Plant foods are low in fat and protein and high in carbs, except four categories that are high in fat (and therefore high in calories) – olives, avocados, nuts, and seeds. We need to eat these more sparingly. A good handful each day would be reasonable goal. It has been shown in recent years that nuts (of all kinds) lower the incidence of heart disease.

Which brings us to the second reason physicians sometimes advise many small high-protein, high-fat, low-carb meals for the diabetic. If we use refined carbohydrate without the fiber that is naturally in the plant foods, our blood sugar rises quickly to high levels following a meal. Since we either won`t or don’t know how to prepare our foods with unrefined carbohydrates, which would lower blood sugar, the physician throws up his or her hands and says, “Well, use a low-carb plan,” even though it’s not really a solution. This plan may help in a small degree to keep sugar levels from soaring, but it’s truly a band-aid approach.

Don’t miss this all-important point: unrefined plant foods have fiber-and in just the right proportions. Animal PRODUCTS HAVE ZERO FIBER – IN OTHER WORDS, ALL MEAT (INCLUDING FISH, CHICKEN, AND SEAFOOD) and other animal products, such as milk, eggs, and cheese, have absolutely no fiber at all! Around the world, cultures that use animal products and refined plant products and that include too many calories and too little exercise (the standard of WESTERN LIFESTYLE) have increasingly high levels of diabetes.

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