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There are two indices in use. One uses a scale of 1 – 100 with 100 representing a glucose tablet, which has the most rapid effect on blood sugar. [See Table: “The Glycemic Index of Some Foods,” below.] The other common index uses a scale with 100 representing white bread (so some foods will be above 100).
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Talk with your health care team before you start a new physical activity routine, especially if you have other health problems. Your health care team will tell you a target range for your blood glucose level and suggest how you can be active safely.
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Good for you, Deba! Thanks for sharing your experience. I found it difficult to strictly follow the diet for the long term, but I still follow many of the principles. I’ll be curious to hear if any cravings come back the day after your cheat day.
Diabetes is the number one cause of blindness in America—elevated sugar in the blood damage the blood vessels around your eye, and can eventually steal your vision. Neuropathy and the potential loss of feet or legs because of nerve damage from high blood sugar is a very real possibility. These aren’t scare tactics—they’re the bodies survival mechanism when blood sugar levels skyrocket.
Body fat has often been regarded as a large risk factor for diabetes, even independent of body weight. New evidence is even showing that fat itself is less of a danger, rather the toxins that are commonly stored within fat are what is causing damage to our bodies.
Carrots are noted for their high vitamin A, made from the antioxidant beta-carotene in carrots. This vitamin is necessary for good vision and immune function, and it may help prevent the development of some cancers, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Wild salmon, lamb, clams, mussels, chicken, eggs, yogurt, cheese, tempeh, hummus, red beans, ground flaxseeds, pistachios, coconut, olives, avocado, broccoli, cauliflower, red pepper, spinach, mushrooms, beans, strawberries, blackberries, green tea, stevia.
Beta glucan: contains soluble fibers that help to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce the elevation in blood glucose levels by delaying gastric emptying so that dietary sugar is absorbed more gradually. Beta glucan is found in the cell walls of baker’s yeast, grains (e.g. oat bran, barley bran, oat/rye sprouts) and mushrooms (e.g. maitake, reishi, shiitake).
This leafy green veggie is high in beta-carotene, an antioxidant the body uses to make vitamin A. Beta-carotene also protects cells from free-radical damage, which contributes to chronic illnesses and aging.
Epsom salt: contains magnesium sulfate, which serves to relax and dilate the bile duct so that larger stones can pass through during a liver flush. The Epsom salt also serves to evacuate the small and large intestines of feces.
Lesson of the Cleanse for me: Incorporating a green smoothie each morning started me on a healthy note, a good attitude, a lighter “skip in my step” as opposed to eating my usual oatmeal/eggs. I think I may have a green smoothie Mon-Fri and enjoy a regular breakfast on the weekends. I also realized if I want to fall asleep without trouble I must eliminate the coffee in the afternoon and have tea or decaf. I am hoping I can have just a morning coffee without wanting more. 🙂 As far as the food I eliminated, I know I can not be a vegetarian full time that is for sure, I want meat! BUT I think eliminating it once or twice a week is a great idea because I feel the all the veggies could do their job and release toxins in my body without having to digest animal protein. So for the next two days I am only having some meat at dinner and will continue with the green smoothies and soup/ salad at lunch until the weekend.
The 21-Day Sugar Detox is a whole-foods based program, and is safe for most diabetics. That said, if you are under the care of a medical professional, are insulin dependent, or are taking blood sugar regulating medications, we recommend that you consult with your doctor before beginning any new nutritional program. You may find that your medications need to be adjusted with your new way of eating, and enlisting the support of your healthcare team is important. If you don’t have a doctor who is supportive of your decision to change your nutrition to support your body in your health journey, we recommend checking out The Paleo Physicians Network or Primal Docs.
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Another critic of the ADA program is futurologist and transhumanist Ray Kurzweil, who with Terry Grossman co-authored Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever (published 2004). They describe the ADA guidelines as “completely ineffective”. Their observations are that the condition, particularly in its early stages, can be controlled through a diet that sharply reduces carbohydrate consumption. Their guidelines for patients with type 2 diabetes is a diet that includes a reduction of carbohydrates to one sixth of total caloric intake and elimination of high glycemic load carbohydrates. As someone who was diagnosed with diabetes but who no longer has symptoms of the disease, Kurzweil is a firm advocate of this approach. However, Kurzweil’s prescription changed somewhat between his 1993 book The 10% Solution for a Healthy Life in which he recommended that only 10% of calories should come from fat and Fantastic Voyage which recommends 25%.
I am in a healing situation giving my body the time it needs to restore my health. One month ago I could hardly get up from the couch without having to catch my breath…breathing was labored most of the time.
To take advantage of the many health benefits of cinnamon, add one teaspoon to food, smoothies or tea. You can also take one to two drops of cinnamon essential oil internally by adding it to food or tea, or combine three drops of cinnamon oil with half a teaspoon of coconut oil and massage it into your wrists and abdomen.
First and foremost, you should really want to get to testing your drinking water. Doctor’s Data (10) has some very helpful and comprehensive water testing kits to let you know what’s really going on in your taps.
When you concentrate on eating quality protein, healthy fats, and good carbs, you modify your habits around food and your body adjusts. After 21 days, if you honestly commit to it, you’ll continue eating this way “most of the time” because you’ll feel so amazing.
Research has shown that vitamin supplements have no benefit for heart disease and diabetes. Because of the lack of scientific evidence for benefit, the American Diabetes Association http://www.diabetes-detox.diabetevv.com/diabetic-nail-clippers/diabetes.detox=j3506 not recommend regular use of vitamin supplements, except for people who have vitamin deficiencies.