Diabetes is really just that: Health Eating. This goes for all types of diabetes. Although type I is thought to be autoimmune and destroys the very cells that produce insulin, we are seeing more and more cases which point to changes in DNA that is passed down. It is thought that foods and other chemical exposures can cause this DNA change.
So in reality, diabetes is a disease of unbalanced hormones, in this case insulin, glucagon, cortisol as well as the many other interactive hormones. Yet we still need to reduce our exposure to foods that cause problems so here we go:
- Sugar. I know that we all know this but do you realize how much of our foods are carb/sugar heavy? For instance, cracker, chips, pasta, breads, cereals, soft drinks, baked goods, white rice, precooked rice, ice cream, breading/coating of fried foods and alcohol.
- Fruit. Yes, fruit. Fruits have whats known as fructose as the primary sugar. Fructose doesn’t make us secrete much insulin so it stays in our blood a much longer time causing damage. Small fruits like berries have less fructose and have more nutrients. So they are a better but you should eat twice as many veggies as fruit as a rule.
- Sugar free. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but sugar-free doesn’t mean healthy. What happens is that the sweetness receptors in your tongue signal the pancreas to make insulin. So even if you don’t eat sugar, taste of sugar have similar effects so don’t eat sugar-free foods. Steer clear of processed foods that are sugar-free. Inosital can be used sparingly with no ill effects. Stevia is ok for once in a while use.
- Trans-Fats. We have heard about these but do you really know what they are? They are fats that are trans-mutated at the molecular level. This happens to fats when heat, processing, sun light, oxygen or microwaves are exposed to fats. Be wary of “no trans fats” as this is not possible when these foods are processed. They are using a chemical to stabilize the fat but that is harmful to you.
- Glutens. We’ve heard about these too. So what are they? It’s the protein like part of grains. When grains are processed, these protein like structures are readily available and begin to make your immune system sensitive to them. Eat only whole unprocessed grains if you really want grains in your diet. Bread of any kind is processed. Sprouted breads have the least glutens in general.
- Potatoes. Yes that’s right! Potatoes are NOT a veggie. They are tubers and not a vegetable so that’s why they have so much carbs.
- Juices. I sorry juicer fans but it’s not healthy to drink more than you could eat if left whole. Blending is a better alternative so sell the juicer and blend. Also, processed juice is just no good for the same reasons and also because they are processed.
- Cereal. Too much processing of grains and whatever else they put in those boxes. Not a healthy food for kids to grow up on! Yes oat meal is better but not for every day use. Buy only steel cut oats to reduce problems.
- Breads/Pastas. For the same reasons above, these are processed and have removed most of the nutrient value. This is why it is FEDERAL LAW to “enrich” or “fortify” these processed foods.
- Milk. Milk you say? Yep. The sugars in milk are whats at fault. Remember too that milk is heavily processed. Natural vat pasteurized or raw milk is a better alternative. Raw milk is hard to come by since it is illegal to have unless you own a cow. If your concerned about calcium and Vit D well here is the facts: No Vit D in any milk. It must be added by the processors. Calcium gets into the milk by the cows eating greens. So greens are a better source of calcium. Besides, cows wean off milk as the little heifer begins to mature so in reality, its not natural to drink milk for your whole life.
So please read twice and send to a friend or loved one who you wish would become healthy. We treat all of our patients with diabetes with healthy alternative medical options as well as dietary change. We work together with your other doctors if necessary so that you get the best possible care. This is what is considered a holistic approach!
Dr Bob Hollett, BSN, RN, BS in human biology, DC