Diabetes Detox!

Diabetes is running rampant in our country. If you are one of the several million who have this condition, then this article is for you. It will teach you how to manage your food and therefore manage your blood sugar.

Diabetes is running rampant in our country. If you are one of the several million who have this condition, then this article is for you. It will teach you how to manage your food and therefore manage your blood sugar.

Type I diabetes is a condition in which the body produces very low amounts of insulin or none at all. Type II diabetics have low insulin receptors. Either way it creates a no-holds-barred situation for your internal system, and that's exactly how you need to fight back… NO HOLDS BARRED!

Your body uses insulin to convert the food you eat into energy. Here's how the process works in a non-diabetic person: calories are consumed, blood sugar rises, then the pancreas releases insulin to convert the sugar into energy. Any sugar not used as energy will be stored as fat to be used as energy later.

However, if you have diabetes the process works differently: you consume calories, insulin is released in response to the increased blood sugar but your body is unable to use the insulin effectively. Your brain sees that your blood sugar is still going up, so it asks your pancreas to release more insulin. But since your body can't use it's insulin to convert sugars into fuel, these sugars are now stored as fat, or they float around your blood stream. None of this is good.

Fortunately, there's a food plan you can use to give your body only the type and amount of food that it can effectively manage. It's called a food plan because it's not a quick fix diet; it's for life.

To use this food plan effectively, you should be familiar with the following food groups and how to best use them to your advantage:


Foods To Use To Your Advantage

Proteins: Proteins include meat, eggs, and low fat cheese. They raise your blood sugar only slightly and keep your belly full.

Fats: Fats are not the enemy. Some are better than other, though. Low polyunsaturated fats are good fats. They raise your good cholesterol (LDL) and encourage your body to use stored body fat as fuel. Try to avoid hydrogenated and trans fats. Fats do not raise your blood sugar.

Carbohydrates: These are the enemy! Again, some are better than others depending on their glycemic index reading. Lower glycemic carbs raise your blood sugar to a moderate level over a longer period of time. High glycemic carbs raise your blood sugar really high, really fast. Avoid high glycemic carbs!

So in this food plan, you can eat:

Unlimited Amounts Of Proteins Such As:

      Chicken breast

      Lean pork

      Eggs - No really! They raise good cholesterol as much as bad.

      Steak


      90/10 ground beef

      Tuna

      Salmon

      Shrimp

      Scallops

      White fish

    Egg beaters

Unlimited Amounts Of Veggies Such As:

      Lettuce

      Broccoli

      Cauliflower

      Green beans

      Tomato

      Cucumber

      Tomato

      Asparagus

      Spinach

      Okra

      Yellow squash

      Peppers

      Mushrooms

      Onions

      Zucchini

    Cabbage

Unlimited Amounts Of Fats Such As:

      Almonds

      Walnuts

      Cashews

      Pecans

      Pistachios

      Pine nuts

      Sunflower seeds

      Olive oil

    Avocado

Limited Amounts Of Carbs Such As:

      Beans

      Corn

      Peas

      Carrots

      Yams

      Oatmeal - Slow cooking type

      Whole grain bread

      Brown rice

      Apples

    Berries

Limited Amounts Of These Proteins & Fats:

      Bacon

      Sausage

      Cottage cheese - Be careful with this! It converts to a carb during digestion.

    Natural peanut butter - Peanuts are a bean not a nut so this is a little higher in carbs but loaded with healthy fat.

Avoid These Foods At All Costs:

      White flour

      White potatoes

      Pasta

      White rice

      Sweets

      Processed cereal

      Grapes

      Raisins

      Juice of any kind

      Citrus fruit

      Bananas

    Sugary peanut butters

Keep track of your blood sugar levels. Always check before each meal or snack and before and after exercise. Your body will usually be able to handle a carb better after exercise.


Sample Daily Menu

Here is a sample daily menu:

Breakfast:

      2 eggs

      ½ cup oatmeal

Mid-morning snack:
Celery sticks
4-5 cheese cubes

Lunch:
Chicken breast
Salad with 1 tbsp. Olive oil and vinegar

Mid afternoon snack:
1 ounce nuts

Dinner:
Lean steak
Salad with 1 tbsp olive oil and vinegar
Asparagus

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Observe These Meal Planning Rules:

  1. Always eat breakfast
  2. Use sugar free condiments
  3. Eat 3 meals and 2 snacks per day. Your second snack can be after lunch or after dinner
  4. Eat carbs at only one meal per day
  5. Take a multi-vitamin
  6. Drink at least eight cups of water per day
  7. Never eat a carb alone. Have a protein or a fat with it to slow down it's absorption into your blood stream

Good luck. You may feel terrible for the first few days on this plan. It's your body detoxing from the sugars. Stick with it. It will be worth it in the long run.

Thanks,