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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

Click here for a printable version of this page!

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,

Amy Davis

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