Health Topics Diabetes

 

The Basics

 

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease that results in serious health complications and eventual death. People with diabetes suffer from heart attacks, limb amputations, kidney failure, blindness and neurotherapy. According to statistics, over half of Americans will be diabetic or pre-diabetic by the year 2020. These numbers are a result of how modern healthcare is failing because type 2 diabetes is completely preventable and often reversible without drugs or injections. The traditional treatment consists of bombarding the body with toxic drugs and chemicals in an effort to lower blood sugar readings. This method fails because high blood sugar is not the disease, it’s the symptom. And just as giving cough medicine to cure tuberculosis doesn’t work, pills and insulin won’t cure diabetes. The true disease  is chronic inflammation caused by excess fat and lack of plant nutrients, and no amount of pharmaceutical products can reverse or halt this condition.

 

Type 1 diabetics have a different pathology. They require daily insulin because of an autoimmune destruction of the pancreas that happened during childhood. However, Type 1 diabetics die from the same cardiovascular complications as those with type 2 so dietary treatment is equally important. The goal in type 1 diabetes is not to get off insulin (that’s impossible) but the amount of insulin can be reduced, and the deadly vascular diseases and cancers can be eliminated.

 

 

The Fix

 

The first and most critical step in reversing and preventing diabetes is weight loss. But although weight loss by any means will lower the risk of diabetes and improve blood sugar levels to some extent, adopting a Whole Plant-Based Diet that consists of a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, legumes and seeds will correct the inflammatory destruction that occurs in the vessels and organs, and leads to the debilitating complications that diabetics suffer from. Diabetics rarely die from high blood sugar. They die because of cardiovascular complications, like heart attacks, heart failure, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease.

 

So any diabetes plan should focus on reversing and preventing those complications. This is done by eating nutrient-dense, whole plant foods, but this also means drastically reducing or eliminating the inflammatory foods that cause the progression of diabetes like animal protein (beef, chicken, lamb, turkey, pork, etc.) and processed white flour, sugars and oils.

 

The Plan

 

For breakfast, eat fruit, veggies and whole grains only. Not eggs, sausage, meat, processed bread or processed cereals. Here are some other recipes or activities to help:

 

Spinach and Berry Smoothie

  • 1/2 banana, frozen
  • 1 cup, mixed berries (like blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries)
  • 1 cup, spinach, raw
  • 2 tbsp, flaxseed, finely ground
  • 1 cup, almond, soy, hemp or coconut milk, unsweetened

Combine all the ingredients and blend in a NutriBullet, Vitamix or similar blender. Enjoy!

 

Raw Vegetable Salad

Combine your choice of spinach, arugula or mesclun greens, and broccoli, tomato, red or orange bell peppers, sugar snap peas (string beans, cauliflower, radish, zucchini are other veggie options). Top with a dash of balsamic or flavored vinegar and season to taste. Lunch and dinner should always start with a raw vegetable salad.

 

Green Tea

Drink 2 cups a day, with 2 teabags per cup. Green tea contains phytonutrients called polyphenols which not only help regulate glucose in the body but they relieve oxidative stress in the blood vessels and other organs.

 

Exercise, Exercise, Exercise!

At least 45 minutes each day.

 

 

 

Summing It Up

 

There is no drug that will reverse or cure your diabetes. Only a Whole Plant-Based Diet, and the elimination of toxic, inflammatory foods like animal protein, eggs, dairy, processed white flour, processed sugar, processed foods, soda and diet soda will reverse diabetes and stop dependency on prescription drugs.

 

Adoption of a Whole Plant-Based Diet will not only reverse diabetes but also reverse and prevent the complications that kill hundreds of thousands of diabetics each year: heart disease, stroke, amputation and cancer.

Start every lunch and dinner with a raw vegetable salad.

Don’t eat white foods! This means eliminating white rice, bread, white potatoes, white pasta, crackers, etc. The exceptions are cauliflower and onions, with contain beneficial phytonutrients.

For more information on diets and recipes, check out the following resources on the Whole Plant-Based Diet page.