Diabetes Diet For Diabetics Peoples



For diabetics, a healthy diabetes diet is the essenceto healthy living along with exercise, of course.




But what makes up a diabetes diet for Indians? There are several diabetes diets published online, which include exotic ingredients and food items. But what about ingredients that are locally available to Indians with diabetes? Let’s get a diabetes diet for Indians from the experts in nutrition and diabetology.

Diabetologist, Dr. Sanjiv Bhambani with Moolchand Medcity suggests “A diabetes diet should be high on fiber, must contain milk without cream, buttermilk, fresh seasonal fruits, green vegetables, etc.” But remember to consume these components in moderation.

Diabetes diet for Indians should have the ratio of 60:20:20 for carbs, fats and proteins, the doctor explains, “Per day calorie intake should be between 1,500-1,800 calories with a proportion of 60:20:20 between carbohydrates, fats and proteins, respectively.” He adds that a diabetes diet should “have at least two seasonal fruits and three vegetables in a diet plan.” As for dry fruits, the fructose can spike up your sugar level.

The doctor shares his recipe for diabetes Diet:
– One teaspoon of methi seeds soaked overnight in 100 ml of water is very effective in controlling diabetes.
– Drink tomato juice with salt and pepper ever morning on an empty stomach.
– Intake of 6 almonds (soaked overnight) is also helpful in keeping a check on diabetes.

We move now to nutritionist Rekha Sharma to look for elaborate answers to diabetes diet for Indians. Rekha Sharma, President and Director of Indian Dietetic Association shares some major diabetes diet pointers that one should follow at home or at a restaurant.

Expert speak: Diabetes Diet.

Whole grains, oats, channa atta, millets and other high fiber foods should be included in the meals. If one feels like consuming pasta or noodles, it should always be accompanied with vegetable /sprouts.

Milk is the right combination of carbohydrates and proteins and helps control blood sugar levels. Two servings of milk in a daily diet is a good option.

High fiber vegetables such as peas, beans, broccoli and spinach /leafy vegetables should be included in one’s diet. Also, pulses with husk and sprouts are a healthy option and should form a part of the diet.

Pulses are important in the diet as their effect on blood glucose is less than that of most other carbohydrate containing foods. Vegetables rich in fiber help lowering down the blood sugar levels and thus are healthy.

Good fats such as Omega 3 and MUFA should be consumed as they are good for the body. Natural sources for these are canola oil, flax seed oil, fatty fish and nuts. These are also low in cholesterol and are trans fat free.

Fruits high in fiber such as papaya, apple, orange, pear and guava should be consumed. Mangoes, bananas, and grapes contain high sugar; therefore these fruits should be consumed lesser than the others.

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Diet For Gestational Diabetes

images (1)Eating well is a great way to stay healthy during pregnancy. If you have gestational diabetes, choosing the right food is especially important. You may be able to control gestational diabetes by eating well and exercising regularly. This means you won’t need to take medication.

Sugar (glucose) is one of your body’s main sources of energy. Your body uses a hormone called insulin to control the amount of sugar in your blood and to turn it into fuel. But pregnancy hormones reduce the effect of insulin, so your body has to make more to be able to use any sugar in your blood.

If you have gestational diabetes, your body isn’t producing enough insulin. As a result, your blood sugar levels can get very high and that can lead to problems for your baby.

It’s possible to keep your blood sugar levels under control by changing what you eat and combining your new healthy diet with regular exercise. In fact, up to 90 per cent of women with gestational diabetes control it this way.

How will I have to change my diet?

If you were overweight before you got pregnant, your doctor or midwife will advise you to monitor your calorie intake. They’ll also suggest that you take at least 30 minutes’ moderate exercise, such as walking or swimming, every day.

You’ll need to be careful that you don’t have sharp rises and falls in your blood sugar levels. Your doctor should help you with this. Ask her to arrange an appointment with a dietitian who can work out a special diet for you. The special diet will guide you on:

  • which foods you should and shouldn’t eat
  • how much you should be eating
  • how often you should eat

Although the idea of a special diet may sound daunting, it’s not so hard once you get the hang of it. The principles of the diabetic diet are good ones for everyone to follow. Try to think of this as a chance to get yourself and your family into healthier eating habits.

I’ve heard about good carbs and bad carbs. What are they?

There are two types of carbohydrate that give you energy when you eat them. They are:

  • complex carbohydrates, or starch
  • simple carbohydrates, or sugars

Sometimes, complex carbohydrates are described as good carbs, and simple carbohydrates as bad. But this doesn’t give the whole picture.

Simple carbohydrates include added sugars, such as table sugar and honey, as well as natural sugars, found in fruit and milk. Eating plenty of fruit and some dairy products is a healthy thing to do. So when people call simple sugars bad carbs, they are talking about added sugars.

If you have gestational diabetes and you have too many foods and drinks high in added sugars, it can upset your blood glucose control. It’s not healthy for people without diabetes, either.

At least half the energy in our diets should come from carbohydrate, mostly as starchy carbohydrates. Starchy carbohydrates are:

  • bread
  • rice
  • pasta
  • grains
  • potatoes

Try to have wholegrain varieties where possible. They provide extra fibre, which is important for your digestion.

If you have gestational diabetes, the types of food and drink you’ll be advised to have are no different from the type of healthy diet everyone should have. Your food should be high in complex carbohydrates and low in saturated fat.

You should not have added sugars, although you won’t have to cut them out completely.

It’s best if you eat fruit, milk and yoghurts as part of a mixed meal. Your body will then absorb the simple sugars in the juice or dairy food more slowly. That’s because the sugars are mixed with other food elements, such as fibre and protein.

What are low GI foods and why are they important?

The glycaemic index (GI) of a food is a measure of how quickly sugar (glucose) is released into your bloodstream after you’ve eaten it. Low-GI foods that are rich in fibre are an important part of a healthy diet.

Choosing foods with a low GI will help you to manage your gestational diabetes. That’s because low-GI foods take longer for your body to digest. Glucose is released more slowly into your bloodstream.

Some examples of food with a low GI:

  • pasta made with durum wheat flour
  • apples, oranges, pears, peaches
  • beans and lentils
  • sweetcorn
  • porridge

Some examples of food with a high GI:

  • baked potato
  • cornflakes
  • white rice
  • bread

Choosing more foods with a low GI may be able to help you to control your blood sugar levels. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have any high-GI foods. Mixing high-GI foods with low-GI foods can lower the rate at which glucose is released into your bloodstream. Examples of foods that combine well in this way are:

  • peanut butter on toast
  • baked potato with baked beans

Your doctor or dietitian can give you more information on choosing a healthy diet.

How can I improve my diet?

Eat a good breakfast

Eating a good breakfast can help regulate your blood sugar levels throughout the morning. Try to have a low-GI breakfast. Porridge is a good choice because it releases energy slowly and evenly. Or you could choose wholegrain cereals and breads with a small portion of a high-protein food such as a boiled egg or a low-fat yoghurt.

High GI foods such as sugar-coated cereals or white toast and jam can quickly raise your blood sugar levels.

Eat a variety of foods during the day

Across your day, try to have plenty of variety so that your food is interesting and appealing. Sometimes it helps to use colour to help you achieve this. If the food on your plate is made up of foods that are only brown or yellow, try adding in some red pepper and green salad or some raspberries and grapes, depending on whether or not it is a savoury meal.

Eat high-fibre foods

Eat plenty of high-fibre foods. These foods tend to have a low GI. This may help to keep your blood sugar levels from going too high after meals. High-fibre foods include:

  • fresh fruit and vegetables
  • wholegrain breads and cereals
  • dried peas, beans and pulses

Eat your five a day

Make sure you have at least five portions of fruits and vegetables each day:

  • add fruit to your breakfast cereals or porridge
  • add a salad to your lunchtime sandwich
  • choose two vegetables with your main meal
  • snack on fruit rather than biscuits or cakes

Cut down on saturated fats

  • use unsaturated fats, such as olive oil or sunflower oils for cooking and salad dressings
  • replace butter with a spread high in polyunsaturated fats
  • grill foods instead of frying
  • snack on nuts and seeds, rich in unsaturated fats, instead of milk chocolate
  • trim fat from meats

Don’t skip meals

Try to eat balanced meals at regular intervals each day and have the same amount of food at each one. Eat three small to moderate-sized meals every day. Using a smaller dinner plate can help you keep an eye on your portion sizes. You can also eat between two and four snacks, including an after-dinner snack to help keep your blood sugar levels steady.

This will help your blood sugar to stay more stable.

Cut down on sugary foods and drinks

Try to cut down, or give up, sweets, fizzy drinks, fruit juice, and most desserts. These foods contain simple sugars that are easy for your body to absorb. They can quickly raise your blood sugar.

You can dilute fruit juices with water. Use about one quarter juice to three quarters water, and drink once a day. The rest of the time, opt for water and other drinks without sugar, such as sugar-free squashes and flavoured drinks.

What if I can’t control gestational diabetes by diet alone?

Remember that exercise helps too, so try to keep active. Every time you exercise it helps to lower your blood sugar levels.

Fast walking, swimming, cycling, or even going up and down the stairs are all good ways of increasing your heart rate. Before starting any new exercise, check what you’re planning to do with your doctor or midwife. The key is to avoid being still for long periods of time, such as sitting at a desk or watching TV for hours on end.

If diet and exercise aren’t enough to keep you well, you may need to take medication to control your blood sugar levels or to inject insulin.

Your doctor will teach you how to inject yourself. This may sound a bit scary, but by keeping your blood sugar levels under control you’ll be doing your best to keep yourself and your baby well.

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Milk — Good or Bad for Diabetes?

milk-glass-101105-02Is cow’s milk good food for people, especially people with diabetes? The American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) say yes. Given how I feel about ADA and USDA’s record on nutrition advice, I think we should check for ourselves.

ADA recommends two to three servings of low-fat milk (or other low-fat dairy food such as cheese and yogurt) each day. “Including sources of dairy products in your diet is an easy way to get calcium and high-quality protein,” according to their nutrition page.

USDA says three cups a day for people age nine and up. But what do independent experts say? And what does the data say?

Many disagree about milk’s being healthy. Dr. Mark Hyman, author ofThe Blood Sugar Solution, wrote,

I typically advise most of my patients to avoid dairy products completely… From an evolutionary point of view, milk is a strange food for humans. Until 10,000 years ago we didn’t domesticate animals and weren’t able to drink milk… The majority of humans naturally stop producing significant amounts of lactase — the enzyme needed to [deal with] lactose, the sugar in milk — sometime between the ages of two and five.

OK. So some experts disagree with the government. But we have to start at the beginning. What is milk anyway?

What Milk Is Made Of
Milk is food produced by mammal mothers to feed their young. Mammal milks are all similar, but they have important differences in the specific proteins. It may be that cow’s milk is not a good match for most human populations.

Milk has significant amounts of fat, protein, and carbohydrate in one package. Normal cow’s milk contains 30–35 grams of protein per liter, mostly in the form of casein. It also contains dozens of other proteins in small amounts, various minerals, and vitamins A, B complex, C, D, K, and E.

What could be wrong with that? Let’s look a little more closely.

Milk Protein Linked to Type 1 Diabetes?
There are four different types of casein proteins, called alpha-S1, alpha-S2, beta, and kappa caseins. Other milk proteins are called “whey” proteins.

A variant of beta-casein known as A1 beta-casein has beenimplicated in causing Type 1 diabetes. In genetically vulnerable children, A1 beta-casein may set off an immune response that later turns against the beta cells in the pancreas.

Children who drink cow milk have been found more likely to develop Type 1 later on. Other scientists say this evidence is weak and thestudies were flawed. I think children should be kept off cow’s milk formulas at least until their first birthday.

Milk Fat
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) defines a serving of dairy as 8 ounces of nonfat or low-fat milk or yogurt.

This low-fat advice appears unsupported by science. Most of the good stuff in milk is in the fats. According to Wikipedia, “the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K along with essential fatty acids such as linoleic and linolenic acid are found within the milk fat portion of milk.”

Some evidence supports milk fat as being protective against Type 2 diabetes. A study published in the December 2010 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine followed 3,736 men for 10 years and found that those who had the highest blood levels of a type of fatty acid from whole-fat (not nonfat) dairy foods had 60% less chance of developing Type 2 diabetes than men with the lowest levels.

As one of the authors commented, “This is an extremely strong protective effect, stronger than other things we know can be beneficial against diabetes.”

Several other studies have demonstrated that dairy consumption lowers risk for insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, or diabetes. Researchers credit a fatty acid found in dairy products, trans-palmitoleic acid as the possible protective compound.

In various studies, higher levels of trans-palmitoleic acid were associated with numerous desirable outcomes: lower body-mass index, smaller waist circumference, lower triglyceride levels, lower levels of C-reactive protein (a marker of inflammation), lower fasting insulin levels, and less insulin resistance.

Milk Sugars
Milk sugar is called lactose. Lactose gives milk its sweet taste and contributes approximately 40% of whole cow’s milk’s calories.

Lactose can definitely raise your blood glucose. An enzyme called lactase splits it up into glucose and galactose. Because this split takes time, some nutritionists say lactose converts to blood glucose relatively slowly (that is to say, it has a low glycemic index or GI).

But others say that dairy may have a low GI but stimulates insulin as if it had a high GI. Loren Cordain, PhD, of Colorado State Department of Health and Exercise Science, believes this may be due to thecombination of lactose and some of the amino acids in whey proteins.

Cordain, author of The Paleo Answer, says the insulin response to milk is “extreme,” and advises people concerned about diabetes to avoid milk products.

It’s hard to reconcile the supposedly healthful affects of dairy fat with the supposedly harmful effects of dairy sugar. Should we drink it or not?

Different Kinds of Milk
There are other milks besides human and cow. Goat milk is gaining popularity. Camel milk is said by many to be extremely nutritious. It’s now for sale in the US. Vegan milks include soy milk, rice milk, and almond milk.

You might consider buying either free-range, grass-fed organic milk or using a vegan alternative. According to Discovery Health, milk cows are given hormones to increase their milk production and antibiotics to decrease infections. Neither of these is good to eat.

Lactose Intolerance
People who don’t have sufficient lactase to digest lactose will be “lactose intolerant,” and may suffer diarrhea, intestinal gas, cramps, and bloating from drinking milk.

It is estimated that 30 to 50 million Americans are lactose intolerant, including up to 75% of Native Americans and African-Americans, and 90% of Asian Americans.

Lactose-free or reduced lactose milk is available. It has been treated with lactase to break lactose down, so it doesn’t cause abdominal problems. It is sweeter than regular milk and has a higher glycemic index.

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Healthy Meals for People With Type 2 Diabetes

The right diet can transform a case of type 2 diabetes while the wrong foods can lead to dangerous complications. Learn tips and tricks for eating with diabetes.

Food is an important part of our culture. We don’t eat just to sustain ourselves — we celebrate with food, and we often mourn with it too. So it’s not surprising that if you’ve just been told that you have type 2 diabetes, one of your first thoughts will probably be, “but what will I eat?”

Luckily, it’s not so difficult to eat well and enjoy food even if you have diabetes. The first thing is to learn the basics, says Kathy Honick, RN, CDE, a diabetes educator at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She recommends that all people newly diagnosed with diabetes “meet with a registered dietitian to learn about what they can and can’t eat.”

Type 2 Diabetes: Diets

There’s no one-size-fits-all type of diabetic diet. Some people respond well to carbohydrate counting (keeping track of the amount of carbohydrates you ingest with each food product), others to portion control (adjusting portion size to produce desired blood sugar levels), and yet others to the diabetes food pyramid (eating a set number of portions of specific foods throughout the day).

Type 2 Diabetes: Food Choices

Honick says “meal planning for someone with type 2 diabetes is about healthy eating with a balance of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.”

So, what should you choose?

  • Fruits and vegetables are usually good choices, but be careful not to eat too much fruit. Check with your dietitian to see how much is recommended.
  • Non-starchy vegetables are a good choice. These include spinach, carrots, broccoli, and green beans.
  • Eat whole-grain foods, such as brown rice and whole wheat pasta.
  • Include legumes like lentils, kidney, or pinto beans in your meal plans.
  • Choose fish over meat two to three times a week.
  • For meat, choose lean pork or beef, or chicken or turkey with the skin removed.
  • Dairy (cheese, yogurt, milk) is important, but go for non-fat versions, even for ice cream.

Type 2 Diabetes: Foods to Avoid

  • Sodas are chock-full of sugar, as are fruit punches and other sugar-sweetened drinks. So opt for diet drinks or water.
  • Sugary snacks (cookies, cakes, chips, ice cream) fill you up with empty calories. Choose healthier snack options instead.

Type 2 Diabetes: Cooking

When trying to follow a healthy diet, how you cook your food makes a big difference in the end product.

Honick suggests:

  • Baking or broiling instead of frying.
  • Using extra-virgin olive oil instead of vegetable oil.
  • Limiting trans fats (found in many processed foods and foods cooked in oil) and saturated fats (found in meats and whole milk) to less than 20 grams per day, if possible.
  • Limiting sodium (salt) to 2,000 to 2,400 grams per day, unless you’re on a sodium-restricted diet. In that case, you should follow your doctor’s recommendations.
  • Choosing fresh or frozen foods over canned.

In addition, she says that “unless you have a fluid restriction, take in six to eight glasses of unsweetened clear liquids per day. It’s recommended to drink a glass of water before and a glass of water after each meal.”

Eating well is one of the pleasures of life. If you have type 2 diabetes, you don’t have to forgo the enjoyment of food. You just have to adapt and change your eating habits and, maybe, some of the foods you eat.

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Herbs For Diabetes

Diabetes is one of those prolonged illnesses that could be effectively cured with the help of herbs. Although there are different herbs available, you need to prefer those that are known to have lasting effects. Remember that receding blood sugar levels play a defining role in curing diabetes from the core. It all depends upon your body’s response regarding those herbs you take. Modern health standards have improved to such an extent that a variety of herbal supplements are now available vividly to let you take care of your body with the perfect maintenance and production of insulin levels. Here are the most preferred herbs and their benefits for you in a nutshell.

Gymnema Sylvestre is highly preferred herb because of its immense success in reducing the blood sugar levels in body. One of the unique benefits available with the use of this sapling is that it helps in detecting sweetness of those products you consume so that you could avoid their intake. An additional feature that could be obtained from this medicinal herb is that it helps in propelling the role of enzymes, which are instrumental in aiding cells to rely upon glucose with the increased production of insulin. There have been no side effects identified so far in those using this herb.

Momordica charantia is one of the commonly available herbal medicines that is known to offer successful cure by reducing the blood sugar levels. People with diabetes are usually advised with a dosage of around 300 milligrams everyday to check the intensity of blood sugar in body. This herb is commonly known as bitter melon and supports cells in making maximum use of glucose produced in body. Though it is effective in countering diabetes perfectly, the possibility of side effects in some people has to be assessed to remain safer.

Avena satvia is considered to be another useful herb that checks the progress of diabetic conditions in humans in a highly reliable manner. Popularly known as oatstraw, it is the herbal supplement that is regarded as a rich source of magnesium. The biggest advantage of using this herb is that of regulating insulin function by improving the flow of blood. It has been identified that the loss of magnesium in body results in the development of diabetic conditions that will turn into a major illness eventually. In contrast, people with serious diabetic issues were able to regain normalcy with the consistent of this herb.

Prickly pear cactus is available as one of the common herbs meant to control the spread of diabetes in humans. This herb has got a direct action upon people of all age groups especially elders. Ideally, it is recommended to take half cup of this herb on a daily basis for positive results. You will be able to have a huge sigh of reprieve after knowing that it is available in its original form in grocery stores as well. However, it is offered for sale in the form of juice extracted from the fruit or even in the powdered form.

Gamma Linolenic acid is an essential omega-6 acid that is extracted from herbal plants to alleviate the issues related to diabetes. Alternatively called as GLA, it is found to be an effective cure in the case of even those who are found to suffer from acute diabetic conditions. Being a polyunsaturated fatty acid, this herbal extract is chosen for treating diabetes. More specifically, it is a herbal drug that has been explored the most in the case of those who experience severe nerve pain. The recommended dosage is listed on top or could be obtained from a registered medical practitioner.

Vaccinium myrtillus is a herbal supplement that is as effective as any other herb known to cure diabetes successfully. It is known as bilberry among most of the users that belongs to the family of blueberries. Maximum optical care could be obtained with the regular consumption of this extract. Effective antioxidants have been found in the leaves of this fruit, which could be extracted in order to treat those suffering from diabetes since a long time. Regulating the way how nerves function in the body on an overall is one of the chief reasons that why medical experts suggest for its intake.

Fenugreek leaves and seeds are known to have high medicinal importance. However, a majority of the people are not yet aware that it is one of the best herbal products available in treating diabetes. Reducing and controlling the blood sugar levels are some of the standard functions performed by these seeds. Enhancing the sensitivity levels of insulin is another great feature that could be realized with the constant intake of the Fenugreek extract. People who have a history of high cholesterol levels will benefit to an optimum extent because of this herb. The general suggested intake is 25 grams per day on an average that will be enough in nurturing diabetics back to health.

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Switching To A Vegetarian Diet Gives You Benefits in Diabetes

diabetic-dietA vegetarian diet probably won’t cure your diabetes. But it may offer some benefits over a nonvegetarian diet — such as helping to better control your weight, reducing your risk of some diabetes-associated complications and possibly even making your body more responsive to insulin.

There’s no single vegetarian eating plan. For example, some allow dairy products while others don’t allow any animal products (vegans). The benefits of a vegetarian diet depend on the type of diet you choose and the food choices you make when following the diet. For most, however, eating a vegetarian diet:

  • Promotes a healthy weight. Vegetarian diets are often lower in calories than are nonvegetarian diets, which can help with weight management. Also, people following a vegan diet tend to have lower body mass indexes (BMIs) than do people who follow a nonvegetarian diet. A healthy body weight can improve blood sugar control and reduce your risk of diabetes complications.
  • Improves blood sugar control and insulin response. Eating vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes and nuts — features of a vegetarian diet — can improve blood sugar control and make your body more responsive to insulin. This may mean taking less medication and lowering your risk of diabetes-related complications. But even a vegetarian diet can have the opposite effect on blood sugar if it is rich in simple carbohydrates — especially starches, such as potatoes, white rice and white bread.
  • Reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease. A strict vegan diet is cholesterol-free, low in saturated fat and usually high in soluble fiber. A low-fat vegetarian diet can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease — a common complication of people who have diabetes.

If you’re considering a vegetarian diet, it may be helpful to speak with a dietitian who can help you create an eating plan that provides all the necessary nutrients and the right number of calories to maintain a healthy weight. As with any diet, it’s important to stay within an appropriate calorie range to lose weight if that’s your goal.

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Nutritional Innovations For Lifelong Health

CSA-FoodAdhering to key diabetic diet guidelines is a critical first step for protecting yourself from the many serious chronic diseases associated with high blood sugar.

The guidelines evolved over many years and come from massive amounts of data collected from rigorous scientific research.

We are confident that our guidelines will help you optimize the three most important diabetic tests:

  • Fasting blood sugar
  • Fasting insulin
  • Hemoglobin A1C

Let us make one thing very clear…dietary modification is the first-line of defense against the damaging effects caused by diabetes.

Eating the right foods and taking quality supplements is not enough, if you want to optimize control.

We promise success if you faithfully adhere to the diabetic diet guidelines. People have told us that our guidelines prevented a life-time of suffering with chronic diseases.

Please note: the guidelines work extremely well for diabetics taking insulin. As a matter of fact, the top foods for diabetics on insulin are perfectly in-line with all of guidelines. Insulin actually works better in people following our suggestions.

Be proactive about our health! Your winning attitude starts now.

Minimize Sugar Spikes After Meals

146807105_Food-GroupsThe diabetic diet guidelines begin with minimizing sugar spikes after meals. Carbohydrates result in a sharp rise in blood sugar levels. This is quickly followed by a rise in insulin levels.

The more insulin that’s released the greater the chance for developing insulin resistance…the hallmark of type 2 diabetes.

Here are some suggestions for minimizing sugar spikes:

1. Eat Soluble Fiber

Soluble fiber interferes with carbohydrate absorption from the intestines into your bloodstream. By limiting absorption, less sugar enters the blood and prevents spikes.

We suggest supplementing with psyllium husk or beta-glucan 10 to 20 minutes before each major meal. Both of these soluble fibers come in powder form and mix well with water.

2. Take Chromium Polynicotinate

Diabetic diet guidelines most direct people to take chromium polynicotinate, a trace mineral that enhances the effect of insulin.

With chromium present, cells don’t needs as much insulin to uptake glucose. The more sensitive the cells are to insulin, the less is released into the blood.

Take 500 mcg of chromium polynicotinate with each major meal.

3. Try Coffee Berry & Cinnamon 

Cinnamon is well known by naturopathic doctors for its positive effects on blood sugar. The problem is that whole cinnamon contains oils that prevent it from working.

The best suggestion is to take 200 mg with each meal of a water-based cinnamon extract free from the oils.

Cinnamon works better with the herb coffee berry. Coffee berry inhibits the conversion of glycogen (stored sugar) to blood glucose, thus helping to minimize spikes. About 50 mg of coffee berry with each meal should do the trick.

4. Eat Complex Carbohydrates 

Complex carbs have less effect on blood sugar spikes. Foods like oatmeal, bran, wheatgerm, and whole grain breads take longer to breakdown to glucose. The long it takes to breakdown carbs to glucose, the less insulin is released.

A word of warning: all carbohydrates, complex or not, eventually become glucose and will raise blood sugar levels. We suggest cutting the servings breads and cereals in half.

5. Drink Apple Cider Vinegar

Drinking apple cider vinegar can also help to lower blood sugar levels. Supplement with 1 ounce before meals heavy in carbohydrates.

Restore Insulin Sensitivity

The diabetic diet guidelines would not be complete without learning how to restore insulin sensitivity. When the cells in your body become resistant to insulin, hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) sets in.

We suggest the following to help restore insulin sensitivity:

1. Take Lipoic Acid 

Glucose (blood sugar) destroys the insulin receptors sticking out from cell membranes. Without the receptors, insulin can not work.

Lipoic acid is a naturally occurring antioxidant that protects insulin receptors. We suggest taking 200 to 300 mg/day of R-lipoic acid (the “R” form is more potent).

2. Take MORE Chromium

A study of type 2 diabetics compared two forms of chromium (brewer’s yeast and chromium chloride). Both forms of chromium significantly improved blood sugar control by promoting the uptake of glucose into the tissues after eating a carbohydrate rich meal.

Fasting blood glucose levels were also lowered during a 2 month follow-up period. Foods rich in chromium include (in order of most to least):

  • Egg yolk
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Breads (whole grain, wheat, sprouted, rye)
  • Apples
  • Spinach
  • Oranges

Reduce Oxidative Stress

Excess blood sugar creates extreme levels of oxidative stress, one of the leading theories of aging. If not properly metabolized, blood sugar quickly transforms into highly reactive molecules that damage your body.

Reducers, also known as antioxidants, are foods that lower oxidative stress by mopping up reactive sugar metabolites.

Eating a wide variety of antioxidants from a wide variety of sources is a key step for beating diabetes.

The following foods are rich in reducers (antioxidants) and should make up a large part of diabetic diets:

1. Red beans
2. Blueberries
3. Cranberries
4. Artichokes
5. Pomegranate
6. Green & black tea
7. Cocoa (dark chocolate)
8. Tart cherries
9. Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli)

Every meal should contain 2-3 servings of reducers (antioxidants). And if you got to snack, eat only foods rich in antioxidants.

Prevent Glycation

Glycation (defined as sugar molecules reacting with proteins to produce nonfunctional structures in the body) is a key feature of diabetes-related complications.

It’s a dangerous reaction that compromises proteins throughout the body and is linked to nerve damage, heart attacks, strokes, and blindness.

Protectors are foods that can minimize the effects of glycation:

1. Turkey
2. Liver
3. Tuna
4. Chili peppers
5. Lentils
6. Chicken
7. Lean red meat

Chili peppers added to marinades for chicken and fish is a great way to enhance diabetic diets.

Support a Healthy Metabolic Rate

A healthy metabolic rate wraps-up our diabetic diet guidelines. Burning body fat and calories while resting is a great way to not only lose weight, but also improve blood sugar levels.

We suggest the following nutrients for restoring a healthy metabolic rate:

1. Green Tea
2. Brown Seaweed (fucoxanthin, bladderwhack)
3. Exercise (specifically muscle toning exercises)


The diabetic diet guidelines are essential if you are to beat diabetes. Incorporate them into any diabetic diet that you follow for optimal results.

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Super Diet for Diabetics

The “Death to Diabetes” Super Meal Model Plate (Diet for Diabetics) was designed by the author after reviewing and analyzing more than 30 different diets — to address the vitamin/mineral deficiencies, the cell damage (rotting), the excess toxicity, and the body’s  repair process — to reverse your diabetes and prevent further cell damage and the onset of blindness, amputation, kidney failure, heart attack and stroke.

Note: This type of plant-based diet is supported by hundreds of clinical studies, including the China Study, which substantiate the benefits of a plant-based nutritional program to prevent and possibly reverse the effects of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and some cancers. Consequently, if you adhere to the raw diet version of the “Death to Diabetes” Super Meal Model Plate, you will notice your blood glucose readings start to come down almost immediately! And, if you adhere to the complete Death to Diabetes 10-step program, including the detox, exercise, and drug weaning, you can get your blood glucose readings back to the normal range within 30-45 days!

The “Death to Diabetes” Super Meal Model Plate (Diet for Diabetics) has many of the attributes of the Mediterranean Diet, Zone Diet, South Beach Diet, Raw Food Diet, Asian DietDetox Diet and Vegan Diet, with critical nutritional modifications to address the real root causes of Type 2 diabetes and help to better control Type 1 diabetes with less insulin requirements.Raw Vegetables Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

The “Death to Diabetes” Super Meal Model Plate (Diet for Diabetics)  is part of a comprehensive 10-step and 6-stage  clinically-proven diabetes wellness program that is designed tostop the rot and improve the health of people suffering with  Type 2 diabetes as well as with Type 1 diabetes.

This super meal model is a diet designed for diabetics, as well asnon-diabetics because it provides the missing vitamins and minerals and helps tostrengthen the immune system; avoid the 4 major silent killers; and, addressobesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease,  chronic fatigue, and other similar systemic ailments.

Some people see this super meal model (diet for diabetics) as a”low carb” diet, but, the author sees it as a lot more than just a “low-carb” diet. He prefers the term “balanced” diet because there is a balance of carbs, proteins, and fats that improves the overall health and wellness of the body.

Consequently, this super meal model can be used by non-diabetics, who want to lose weight, lower their blood pressure, or just improve their overall health.

This “Death to Diabetes” Super Meal Model Plate (Diet for Diabetics)  utilizes the5 super foods to create combo-super foods, combo-super meals, and super snacks, including omelets, casseroles, salads, sandwiches, smoothies, soups,  stews, and stir-frys. And, don’t forget the importance of key minerals such as magnesium, potassium, chromium, and real salt –– all working together to stop the rot and repair the damage.

Note: The Super Meal Model was designed by the author to make it easier for diabetics (and non-diabetics) to design healthy, balanced meals without having to spend a lot of time counting calories and carbohydrates. Calorie-counting ((and carb counting)) can be time-consuming and very frustrating. And, given everything that a diabetic has to deal with, the author felt it was important to keep things as simple as possible.

Note: Most people just throw veggies and other foods together to create these combo-super meals, but these meals are out-of-balance and lack the proper balance of macronutrients and micronutrents. Without a proper balance of macronutrients and micronutrents, these combo-super meals do not contain the necessary nutrients to help you fight your diabetes! So, take out the guesswork and get the cookbook.

Author’s Note: There is a misunderstanding that people who take a blood thinner can’t eat green vegetables because the Vitamin K in the vegetables counteracts the blood thinner. This is not true! I was told to avoid green vegetables when I was on a blood thinner. But, I found out after doing some research that I could eat green vegetables as long as I did it on a consistent basis every day. I believe that if I had stopped eating the green vegetables, I would have remained diabetic and would have remained on insulin. In addition, more than likely, I would probably not be alive today.

For the science behind the Super Meal Model Plate (Diet for Diabetics), read about nutritional science and the clinical studies that the author used to design the model.Raw Salads Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

The “Death to Diabetes” Super Meal Model is truly THE Diabetes Diet for Diabetics, because it is specificallydesigned to help control Type 1 diabetes and to help defeat and reverse Type 2 diabetes — by providing a more sustained level of energy and key nutrients that diabetics (and non-diabetics) are missing when they consume the more traditional grain-based, overly-processed, nutrient-poor or starchy meal.

The “Death to Diabetes” Super Meal Model has a very nutrient-dense protocolthat provides nutrients that are key to the effectiveness of THE Diabetes Diet including: carotenoids, antioxidants, Omega-3 EFAs (EPA, DHA),chlorophyll, magnesium, potassium, chromium, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, fiber, water– all designed to stop the rot and repair the damage caused by the diabetes (and the diabetic medications).

These critical nutrients help to cleanse/detox, and strengthen your immune system, so that it can defend your body while initiating the necessary repair processes to repair the damage caused by the diabetes.

These critical nutrients are found in garlic, sea salt, super foods, healing foods,antioxidant-rich foods, anti-inflammatory foods, medicinal mushrooms, and other (organic) herbs & spices.

In addition, by avoiding the grain-based breakfast, the 5 “dead” foods, and many of the so-called “healthy” foods, diabetics and non-diabetics will not experience the mid-morning “crash” or craving for processed food/beverages. Over time, the “Death to Diabetes” Super Meal Model Plate (Diet for Diabetics)will support blood glucose stabilization, cell repair and the regulation of the body’s production and utilization of insulin.

Even if you’re only insulin-resistant or pre-diabetic, this diet’s nutritional protocol can still help you prevent your body from becoming full-blown diabetic. Also, because this is a wellness diet, it can modified to address other health issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, chronic fatigue, hypoglycemia, gout, arthritis, lupus, sarcoidosis, etc.

Note: Refer to the clinical studies, including the China Study, which substantiate the benefits of a plant-based nutritional program to prevent and possibly reverse the effects of heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers.

Super Carbohydrates include many bright, colorful and green, leafy vegetables, some dark, colorful fruits, onions, garlic, other herbs & spices, legumes, medicinal mushrooms, and some specific organic whole grains (but, not wheat bread!). 
Note: We recommend that most diabetics avoid all grains and most fruits during the first 3 stages of the program. Super Foods

Super Proteins
 include nuts, seeds, cold-water fish (i.e. wild salmon, tuna), blue-green algae (chlorella, spirulina), fermented soy, organic dairy (i.e. organic, Omega-3, free-range eggs), lean animal meats (i.e. free-range chicken, turkey, organic beef), wild animal meat (i.e. bison, ostrich, deer).
Note: If you are concerned about the mercury in fish, eat smaller fish or take an Omega-3 supplement.
Note:  If you want to follow a vegan diet, replace animal protein with non-animal protein; and, add more beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits, (some) organic whole grains, and other super foods to your meal plan. Also, add meat substitutes (i.e. veggie burgers, black bean burgers, meatless “chicken nuggets”, “beef” crumbles, etc.) and organic soy products (i.e. soy milk, edamame, soy nuts, tofu, tempeh).

Super Fats
 include plant oils and the fat in nuts and seeds, and cold-water fish, i.e. extra virgin olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil. But, you must avoid the clear vegetable oils and canola oil!

Super Liquids include filtered water, raw vegetable juices; green tea, white tea; some raw fruit juices; and, a couple of the organic bottled juices, i.e. lemon, tomato,.

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Diabetes: Eating Rights

you have Type 1, Type 2 or Gestational Diabetes, the key to staying healthy is to eat right. Everyone knows that having diabetes means watching your carbohydrates (carbs). What most don’t know is that your body absolutely needs some carbs; you simply need to monitor the amount you have and how often you have them. When you have diabetes, you either don’t produce enough insulin, are insulin resistant or both. Insulin is what carries the sugar in your blood to the parts of your body that then turn it into energy. Without insulin, the sugar builds up in your blood; hence the phrase high blood sugar. High blood sugar can lead to all kinds of complications (that we will talk about later). It’s necessary to know all this so that you understand exactly how important it is to eat right when you have diabetes.

When you are first getting started, the easiest way to monitor your carb intake is to avoid “white” foods. “White” foods would be pasta, rice, potatoes and bread. I’m not saying don’t eat them at all; I’m saying you need to limit them. There are also substitutions you can make for all of these foods. Here are a few to get you started:

For pasta, try using wheat pasta. If you don’t like that (my husband hates it), Dreamfields makes a low-carb pasta that tastes just like regular pasta. It’s a bit more expensive, but your health is certainly worth the price. Another option for spaghetti is to use spaghetti squash. I promise, even if you don’t like squash, you will like this. It works, I swear! (I like it best with a little olive oil and parmesan cheese – yummy!)

For bread you have many choices. First, use wheat or whole grain bread, not white. You can also buy low-carb bread. Personally, I like the slender bagels sold in my local grocery store. The white are 20 carbs, while the wheat are only 17; they make great sandwiches, although I prefer them with cream cheese. Another option is to use pita bread or tortillas, both of which are lower in carbs than regular bread. They even have a low-carb wheat tortilla which is terrific for wraps. (Hint – anything you can put on a sandwich, you can make into a wrap.)

Rice is a bit trickier. Most of us use long grain rice, which turns out to be not so good for diabetics. Instead, use brown rice or wild rice. The only trouble with these is the amount of time they take to cook (up to an hour), but they are delicious options. Also, once you start keeping track of what causes your blood sugar to rise, you may find that certain types of rice work fine for you. My husband has little trouble using the quick cooking rice, while white and brown both spike his blood sugar. Experiment and see which works best for you.

Potatoes are a favorite of just about everyone, but they can be a big no-no for diabetics. The trick with potatoes is to use the right kind and to have them in small portions. Most people buy russet potatoes because they are easily found and fairly cheap. They are also high in starch (carbs) and low in moisture, which makes them great for baking, frying and boiling. However, a better option would be red potatoes, Yukon gold potatoes or even fingerling potatoes, all of which are low in starch (carbs) and high in moisture. They are perfect for roasting and making potato salad. You can also boil them for mashed potatoes. Choose these potatoes and don’t eat more than 1/2 to 3/4 cup per serving and you will be good to go. For mashed potatoes, try using cauliflower instead. If you don’t like that, try using half potatoes and half cauliflower. I find the half and half recipe works best; especially if you are doing something like twice baked potatoes or fully loaded mashed potatoes (use low-fat cheese and low-fat sour cream, along with salt, pepper, butter and bacon crumbles – delicious!).

Eating a healthy diabetic diet isn’t as hard as you think. Start with small changes, like avoiding so many “white” foods, and you will soon see a change. It’s easier than you think! Here is one of my favorite potato recipes. Be sure to try them and let me know how you like them!

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Diabetes Diet Breakthrough: Low-Carb, High-Fat Diets Cut Blood Sugar Levels, Weight, and Cholesterol!

A recent study from Sweden confirms the results of prior U.S. studies showing that lower carb and higher fat diets improve blood sugar status, as well as weight and other markers.

Diabetes is a deadly epidemic, afflicting 11% of adults as well as one in every 400 children in the U.S. Conventional diabetic diets (high in carbohydrates and low in fat) are notoriously unsuccessful. In this Swedish study, insulin levels were reduced by 30% and “good” cholesterol levels improved in the diabetics on the higher fat, lower carb diet compared to those on a conventional low calorie, higher carb diet.

Earlier studies of low-carb, higher-fat (including unlimited saturated fat Atkins-type diets) came to similar conclusions. Quoting from chapter 10 in the Diet Cure: “Other studies have confirmed the superiority of Atkins-type diets’ positive impact on blood pressure and on the lowering of weight, cholesterol, tryglycerides, glucose, insulin, and A1C levels. These last three are diabetes markers. Several studies on diabetes document the benefits of lowering carbs and including fat in the diet. To quote one such study’s author, ‘When we took away the carbohydrates, the patients spontaneously reduced their daily energy consumption by 1,000 calories a day. Although they could have, they did not compensate by eating more protein and fats and they weren’t bored with the food choices. In fact, they loved the diet.The carbohydrates were clearly stimulating their excessive appetites.’”

“Four studies, three on type 2 diabetics and one on mildly obese men and women, used a high-fat and protein, low-carb diet. Their results: all subjects showed improvement in weight, as well as insulin and cholesterol levels. A fifth, Harvard School of Public Health, study ‘found no association between low-carbohydrate diets and increased cardiovascular risk, even when these diets were high in saturated animal fats.’ “


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