Learn how to reverse diabetes with this proven diet plan and get off the drugs from Big Pharma that are making you sicker.
The nutritional program recommended for type II diabetics is designed to regulate insulin and leptin levels and heal cellular miscommunication by removing all foods that turn to sugar in the body and foods that cause inflammation.
How To Reverse Diabetes – Three Parts
The diet consists of three main goals.
First; lowering blood sugar and insulin levels by removing all foods that convert to sugar in the body, such as all processed and natural sugars, refined carbohydrates, starches, grains (like whole wheat buns) and high glycemic fruit.
Second; eliminating foods that cause cellular inflammation such as excitotoxins from artificial food additives like MSG, denatured fats and oils such as margarine and pasteurized dairy and meat from grain-fed animals raised on industrialized feed lots.
Third; exchanging these for natural, nutrient dense substitutes that will aid the body in healing itself while increasing healthy fat consumption to facilitate leptin signalling.
Don’t Eat Sugar
Refined sugar contains no vitamins and minerals and compromises the immune system by draining the body of stored nutrients. Processed sugar causes spikes in blood sugar and insulin, as well as causing cellular inflammation. In a typical Western diet, a third of processed sugar intake comes from beverages like soft drinks and fruit drinks, while the rest of the sugar intake comes from undetected sources including cereals, nut butters, sauces such as ketchup, processed meats, crackers, and canned foods, etc.
Sugar, listed as an ingredient, can be identified under such labels as sucrose, glucose, dextrose, fructose and any other “ose”, corn syrup, golden syrup, maltose, sorghum syrup, etc. Natural sugars such as honey, maple syrup and black strap molasses affect insulin and should be avoided as well. Avoid all sugars like the plague otherwise you might slip into a diabetic coma.
How to reverse diabetes involves avoiding all sugars. An excellent natural sugar substitute is Stevia, made from an herb native to South America. It is 300 times sweeter than sugar and the only doctor recommended sweetener that does not increase blood sugar or affect insulin.
Stay Away From Carbohydrates
Refined carbohydrates are devoid of nutritional content and are not recommended for consumption, regardless of health concerns. Processed grains are not only stripped of fiber, vitamins and minerals but are often loaded with excess salt, food additives, sugar and partially hydrogenated oil, all causes of whole body inflammation and increases in insulin.
Examples include all processed flours and their by-products such as cereals, pasta, crackers, bread, baked goods, etc. High Glycemic starches such as potatoes and corn should also be removed from the diet as they digest more like grains than vegetables and cause a rise in blood sugar.
Whole grains, even whole organic grains, regardless of fiber content, are metabolized to simple sugars thereby disrupting insulin levels. Additionally, most grains contain a sugar called amylose which is strongly linked to cellular inflammation.
You Can’t Eat Too Many Vegetables
When removing refined carbohydrates, starches and whole grains from the diet, it is important to replace them with complex carbohydrates from vegetables, rich in fiber and vital nutrients. Choosing organic vegetables whenever possible, provides higher nutrient content per vegetable, as well as avoiding the toxic by-product of vegetables laden with pesticides and herbicides. Additional sources of fiber can be added to the diet, such as freshly ground whole organic flax seeds, high in anti-inflammatory omega 3 essential fatty acids.
High Glycemic fruits like bananas and pineapple increase insulin levels due to natural sugar fructose. Although partially compensated for by the fiber in whole fruit, which helps delay sugar absoption, high glycemic fruit should be avoided. All fruit juices should be entirely eliminated as they contain large amounts of fructose which raise blood sugar levels and insulin and will certainly retard your ability to cure diabetes naturally.
Artificial Food Additives
Excitotoxins, such as artificial food additives like aspartame and monosodium glutamate (MSG) trigger inflammatory responses, as well as disrupting proper hormone functioning. MSG is implicated in leptin resistance and raises blood levels of glutamic acid which in turn increases insulin levels. Found in most processed and packaged foods, MSG is labelled as either natural flavor, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, hydrolyzed yeast extract, plant protein extract, sodium caseinate, calcium caseinate, yeast extract, or textured soy protein.
Instead of MSG, add health promoting flavor to dishes by substituting with home made bone broths rich in minerals and gelatin to flavor foods, as well as natural organic anti-inflammatory healing herbs and spices, like anti-inflammatory turmeric and blood sugar lowering cinnamon.
Denatured rancid fats and oils such as hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, trans fats, and polyunsaturated vegetable oils, like refined sunflower and corn oil, when ingested are not recognized as food by the body. Ingested much like plastic, denatured fats and oils cannot be burned off by the body and wreak havoc by attaching themselves to lipid cell membranes, causing cellular inflammation.
Exchanging rancid fats and oils for essential healthy fats with the right omega 3 to omega 6 essential fatty acid ratio rebuilds cell membranes, removes inflammation and provides the building blocks for hormones such as leptin. Healing fats and oils are also essential for brain development, organ protection and metabolism.
Fish oil, nuts, avocados, raw virgin cold pressed coconut oil, organic cold pressed palm oil, organic ghee and unrefined virgin cold-pressed olive oil are all examples of healthy fats. Other ways of incorporating healthy fats into your diet are switching from skim milk to unpasteurized grassfed full fat milk, yogurt and butter.
Pasteurized Dairy – No
Pasteurized dairy from grain-fed cows has lost most of its enzymes and probiotics, and a large part of its vitamins through the pasteurization process. Additionally, most commercial dairy is homogenized, rendering it a nonfood, suspected as a primary cause of leaky-gut syndrome and allergies. Cows kept indoors do not absorb vitamin D from sunlight, an important factor in the healing qualities of milk.
Substitute pasteurized dairy with natural organic non-pasteurized full fat milk, from cows on a diet of grass and other wild greens. Often those with lactose intolerance find that they not only tolerate healthy milk and other dairy products but thrive on them.
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO)
Commercial meat, from animals raised on industrialized feedlots, have excess saturated fats from being kept indoors, are treated with antibiotics and injected hormones, which remain in the meat and are passed on to consumers. Due to diets high in omega 6 grains like soy and corn, grain-fed animals, created to eat grass, have omega fatty acid imbalances.
A healthy fat intake consists of consuming the right ratio of essential fatty acids omega 3 and omega 6. Commonly used vegetable oils, like sunflower oil, are high in omega 6 and have virtually no omega 3 essential fatty acids. Omega 3 essential fatty acids form the primary components of cell membranes and heal inflammation.
According to a study conducted by North Dakota State University on the omega fatty acid ratios between grass-fed and grain-fed bison, grass-fed bison had the appropriate omega 6 ratio of 4 to an omega 3 ratio of 1. Grain-fed bison had extremely high omega 6 to omega 3 imbalanced ratios of 21 to 1. Another study showed omega 3 fatty acids in grass fed beef comprised 7 percent of total fat content, as opposed to only 1 percent in grain-fed beef.
The same results were found in poultry and eggs, where chickens fed a natural diet of grass and insects produced eggs with an omega 6 to omega 3 ratio of 2 to 1, versus eggs commonly found in supermarkets from caged and grainfed chickens, containing a ratio of 20 to 1. The imbalanced consumption of omega oils causes severe inflammatory conditions as well as being linked to a host of degenerative diseases such as obesity, arthritis, breast cancer, etc.
How To Reverse Diabetes – Eat Organic, Free-Range, Grass Fed Meat
Organic, free-range grass fed meat, hormone and antibiotic free, from cows raised in natural conditions, contains less saturated fats and is an excellent source of protein and other vital nutrients such as arachidonic acid, conjugated-linoleic acid (CLA), omega 3 and 6 fatty acids in their proper ratio.
For more on this subject, please see insulin resistance diet plan. And while diet is by far the most important component of how to reverse diabetes, you must also exercise to really give yourself a fighting chance. Please see, speed training exercises for diabetics.