Diet can significantly impact blood sugar regulation, and is crucial to consider when dealing with Diabetes. Follow my advice for a healthy diabetic diet based on complex carbohydrates such as unrefined grains, vegetables, and legumes and healthy fats. After several weeks you can expect a drastic change in your need for insulin. Here’s how to help yourself heal. This applies not only to diabetics, but also the rest of us who are almost diabetic with our modern lifestyles!What is a diabetic diet? Its a diet that helps you avoid the blood sugar woes. It consists of eating good natural foods and avoiding the bad stuff. What most people don’t know and disagree on is what constitutes the bad stuff.
For your meals, eat a primarily vegetarian diet of unrefined grains, vegetables, legumes, fruits, herbs, and a limited amount of nuts and seeds. Here’s a list of common whole foods you can use:
Unpolished Grains and Legumes: corn, millet, oats, rice, sweet rice, brown rice, whole wheat & its bran, garbanzo, mung, fava , kidney, lima beans, rye
Vegetables and Fruits: Jerusalem artichoke, asparagus, avocado, blueberry,broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrot, collard greens, kale, grapefruit, huckleberry, lemon, lettuce, lime, pear, plum, radish, turnip, string bean, especially bitter melon and Chinese yams.
Animal Products: beef, chicken, turkey, goose, clam, abalone, lamb, pork, kidney, pancreas of any of these animals.
Keep in mind the Hot/Cold energetics of food. So, avoid eating just a salad for a meal, also avoid tall glasses of fruit juice and the like – these things are energetically cold and tax your digestive system. Salads are good to eat with some warm soup. If you like orange juice, eating an orange or two is much better than smoothies or juice which are both cold and filled with sugar. If you juice vegetables, then add a little ginger (which is energetically warm) to help balance the blend.
Once again, do the following things:
- Do Eat a diet based on complex carbohydrates such as unrefined grains, vegetables, and legumes. Beans are excellent for balancing blood sugar (combine them with seaweeds to moisten their dry nature)
- Small, frequent meals (four or five daily) help to stimulate insulin production.
- Chew well, and chew a lot -Very very important especially with complex carbs so that minerals and other nutrients are absorbed.
- Eat Chlorophyll rich foods such as green veggies and Chlorella everyday (see below)
- Put Wheat Bran (see below), bitter melon, and Chinese Yams into your diet, and eat them consistently.
All the things to NOT DO:
- Don’t eat simple carbohydrates like white flour bread or white flower anything.
- Avoid pasta, potatoes, much corn, much bananas.
- Avoid completely: bad oils: hydrogenated, synthetic fats: margarine& shortening, intoxicants, chemical ingredients, and very sweet, salty, or very spicy foods – they create spikes in blood sugar and insulin.
- Do not eat canola oil or anything made with it
- Do no eat soy or anything made with it
- Avoid denatured foods – anything processed, canned, or bottled has been robbed of nutrients. Absolutely no fast food or soda, especially no diet soda.
- Avoid late-night eating and complex food combinations.
Wheat Bran – A great source of minerals which are crucial to blood sugar balance. Chromium, Zinc, Manganese control blood sugar levels, silicon for pancreatic function. Unfortunately, they’re removed in the refining process which produces white sugar, white flour, refined salt, and other processed foods. These nutrients exist in abundance in the bran of whole grains.
Chlorophyll – Maximizes mineral absorption, catalyzes cell renewal, detoxifies blood and can assist in rebuilding a damaged pancreas. Chlorophyll exists in all green plants and foods. Since diabetes often involves acidic blood, general toxicity, and various inflammations, the alkalizing, detoxifying, and anti-inflammatory effect of chlorophyll is crucial. High-chlorophyll foods, especially Spirulina and Chlorella contain important additional minerals, enzymes, and other nutrients.
Oils – Excess & poor quality fats greatly effect diabetics. Certain oils are beneficial. Chlorella and Spirulina both contain great oils that are especially beneficial to the diabetic…
- GLA oils regulate insulin and protect against diabetic heart, eye and kidney damage
- GLA fatty acids are in Spirulina, evening primrose, borage or black currant seed oils
- Omega-3 oils help cleanse the heart and arteries especially combined with GLA oils
- Fresh flax oil is a great source of high quality linoleic and omega-3 fatty acids
- Linoleic fatty acid enables insulin to be more effective
Chinese Yams – this common food is also one of the ‘herbs’ we use in Chinese Medicine and is used for a variety of consumptive diseases, especially diabetes. Unlike other yams, you can eat it raw, just peel the skin. Its known to benefit the spleen and pancreas, lungs, and kidney. Excellent food for diabetics.
The goal of this article is to enable you to take control of your blood-sugar levels by following some down-to-earth advice about what to eat and what not to eat – this can help me tremendously to speed up your healing process as we progress in our acupuncture treatments and your herbal prescriptions.
You know you need to incorporate whole foods into your diet. Make sure you are eating green vegetables daily. Get used to cooking with Chinese yams. Also get into cooking with unpolished grains. Avoid going hungry, try to prepare your meals and have containers for when you’re away for hours from the house – you should be eating 5 light meals a day instead of 3 big ones. Make breakfast your biggest meal with the most protein. Do not eat salad for a meal, its too “cold” – eat some warm food with your salad. Eating good things is important, but you must also take out the bad things: no junk food. Start taking Chlorella (and Spirulina) supplements for a few weeks, at least 2gm/day.
I want to hear all about your results.