In this article I refer to home remedies for diabetes as foods you can prepare at home that when consumed on a regular basis will significantly lower blood sugar. It is important to know which foods to stay away from. Some of these foods listed go directly against conventional diabetes advice.
You can ask yourself, “Can the American Diabetes Association diet which includes many of the foods below, cure diabetes naturally?” I think not, so I first suggest you take a long look at the following list of foods to avoid. By avoiding these foods, eating nutritionally, exercising daily and eliminating cigarettes, alcohol and medications, you can cure type 2 diabetes.
Home Remedies For Diabetes – Foods To Avoid
Glucose raises the blood sugar level. Fructose causes insulin resistance. Sucrose breaks down into both glucose and fructose. Do not consume sweets, soft drinks, sweetened tea, sugar in your coffee, table sugar, fruits (covered separately), honey or any food that contains added sugar, whether it be refined, organic, or whatever!
Make no mistake, to survive, your body must have sugar. You get plenty of it in tomato products, squash, onions, mushrooms, peppers, etc. This will be the most difficult type of food for many people to eliminate. It’s an addiction as strong as cocaine. It will take about two weeks for withdrawal symptoms to decrease.
A Sugar Addict’s Story
During the first three days of going cold turkey, I consumed several chocolate bars. So, I made Wednesday my “splurge” day. Looking forward to that splurge was enough to keep me going all week. Each week, I made my splurge smaller. For more than two weeks, I suffered massive headaches and constant grouchiness, particularly just before dinner. By the third Wednesday, my splurge food didn’t taste very good. My headaches had disappeared and my temperament was more even than it had been in years! As a side benefit, all other foods began to taste great. [This is a direct result of decreasing fructose. Excess fructose makes it more difficult for us to taste sweet things, making us want more and more just to get a little sweet taste.] I’ve discovered that our sweet onions truly are sweet and that pork green chili with cheddar cheese on top tastes heavenly! The addiction is still there, however, my splurges have become very infrequent and limited to tiny little bits of homemade goodies. I’m even able to take just a taste and throw the rest away.
(ii). Artificial Sweeteners
Contrary to popular belief, artificial sweeteners are not an acceptable substitute to sugar. They contain a number of undesirable toxins, they interfere with your absorption of glucose and they actually contribute to weight gain. Don’t switch to sugar-free soda. Eliminate soda altogether. Use a little stevia in your coffee or tea, and skip foods labeled “sugar-free.” Try adding a slice of lemon or lime to your filtered or bottled water (one small acceptable exception to fruit avoidance).
Do not eat any grains. In your damaged state, the toxins in grains cannot be tolerated. They will only worsen the diabetes. Every single nutrient found in grains can also be found elsewhere. Toxins found in grains include phytate, tannins, lectins, alkylresorcinols, alpha-amylase inhibitors and protease inhibitors. Some directly contribute to the causes of diabetes by attacking the intestinal walls and altering leptin and insulin levels. Grains are starchy foods, covered below. Upon reaching homeostasis, use grains very sparingly, as a treat, rather than as a base. Sorghum and millet are your best choices. Do not reintroduce wheat to your body.
Starches quickly break down into glucose, thus doing all the damage of the aforementioned sugars. Avoid potatoes, wheat, beans, peas, and corn. Yes, I mention wheat again. It’s everywhere and difficult to avoid. Just don’t eat it!
(v). Food Additives
MSG, preservatives, artificial colors, modified starches—the list of toxins added to our food goes on and on. The simple rule is, do not consume any packaged food with more than 3 ingredients on the label. Of course, use your common sense but this rule is a time-saver. Find foods with few ingredients and then see if the short list contains any foods to avoid.
(vi). Dairy Products
Just as with starches, lactose breaks down very quickly into glucose. Don’t consume milk or cottage cheese. Cream, butter and cheese (except cottage cheese) should be eaten in moderation and eventually you will want to transition into raw dairy. You can add a little regular milk (if you must) after your body has regained homeostasis. It’s not necessary. Most of the nutritional value has been removed through pasteurization.
The affects of sugar are outlined above. Fruits are necessary for long term homeostasis for a variety of reasons, however, the typical “recommended” amount of fruit will wreak havoc on an already damaged body just like a teaspoon of sugar will. Once the body has had some time to recover, add a small quantity of whole fruit, as a dessert to a low-carb meal. Treat juices and dried fruits as splurges.
So there you have it. Avoid these foods no matter what and employ these home remedies for diabetes today!