Saturday, May 30, 2009

Type 2 Diabetes Diet – Why Do Diabetics Hate It So

Type 2 Diabetes Diet vicious circle. You feel rotten. You want comfort food (mostly sugar and processed flour – cake, candy, pie, ice cream, pizza). Quick sugar rush. Feel good for an hour. Crash and burn. The cycle repeats. How can a diabetic break the cycle?

Problem #1: Medical professionals are not in agreement as to what causes diabetes.

As a type II diabetic, I basically know what I should be eating and what I should be avoiding or eliminating from my diet. A type 2 diabetes diet is not rocket science. Eat real food. Get adequate protein. Avoid processed wheat, sugar, and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Simple.

And exercise. Couch potatoes are at even higher risk.

Life has told you to eat your vegetables. I don't really hate vegetables, but I don't seek them out at the buffet table either. To me, the only vegetable I want to consume is V8 Juice. If I could, I would have a V8 tree out back and harvest 2 or 3 cans a day.

Real reasons diabetics hate dietary restrictions:

1. Force. We're adults, dammit. We should be able to do and eat what we want.

2. Even if I didn't have diabetes, I don't want to diet. Each new fad and food pyramid and hormone injection seems sillier than the previous ones. If diets worked, the diet book section at Barnes and Noble would have 1 volume.

3. People often consume things that are not good for them. Beer. Bourbon. Cigarettes. How bad can a slice and a Coke be?

4. The foods we crave and which we now have to avoid are the ones that brought on the disease in the first place.

5. Chicken or the egg. If I didn't crave Edy's Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookie ice cream, and didn't develop diabetes, I could eat all of it that I want. Now that I want it, I can't have it.

6. Jonesing for sugar. If they invent pizza with an apple pie topping, I'm in. For most of my life, sugar was a major food group.

7. Conflicting medical information. Coffee is not okay, or maybe it is if you drink it black. Fruit is okay one day and too high in sugar the next. Avoid all sugar, or have small portions of anything you want. Eat less animal fat, but get your protein.

Doctors - get the answers straight before you hit the Today show. If you don't have an answer, how can we.

In actuality, many type II diabetics can make it on a diet doctors recommend for everyone, especially our obese Americans on the SAD (Standard American Diet) diet.

-low fat
-low sugar
-low salt
-plenty of fruits and vegetables
-whole grains, beans, potatoes

You have to experiment for yourself. An inexpensive blood testing meter will let you know if it's time to have a glass of water and a handful of almonds to get that blood sugar down. Work with your doctor to develop a plan for diet and medication.

Doctors may be heavily influenced by the pharmaceutical companies, but they are even more dependent on trust from their patients. I personally believe that a type 2 diabetes diet of lean meat, fish, whole foods, fruits, and vegetables can not only keep diabetes in check while also reducing obesity and lowering the risk of heart disease, strokes, and dementia.

By: ChazL

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Charles Lamm is a retired attorney, junkyard philosopher, and diabetic who knows how easy diabetes is to control and how hard it is to make yourself do what it takes to reverse the disease. You can find more information on beating diabetes at his Natural Remedies for Diabetes blog. Add me as a friend on MySpace or follow me on

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