Drinking as little as two or three cups of fresh vegetable juice every day can help diabetics, as long as juicing is part of an overall diet that’s nutritious and healthy. Of course, the right types of produce must be juiced in order for a person with diabetes to see any benefits. For example, you may have noticed that we haven’t mentioned juicing any fruits as a way to improve diabetes.
The exact dietary advice you follow will depend on your blood glucose levels, activity levels and whether or not you take medication to manage diabetes. Generally, clean eating for diabetics involves not only consuming whole, clean ingredients, but also keeping the amount of carbohydrates you consume in check.
Thanks for the information. I was recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I was scared and didn’t know what to eat and how to manage my lifestyle. Now I am my own teacher through your easy accessible information.
While it felt like an undertaking to commit to such a change, I figured that I could do practically anything for 10 days, so why not give it a shot? As I prepared to make everything that passed my lips for the next week and a half, I filled my shopping cart with raw nuts and coconut oil, hemp and flax and chia seeds, a lot of avocados, and a farmers market’s worth of leafy greens and cruciferous veggies. I was ready to detox.
Start by trying these first three days of the plan, and then use a combination of these foods going forward. Review the list of foods that you should be eating from Step 2, and bring those healthy, diabetes-fighting foods into your diet as well. It may seem like a major change to your diet at first, but after some time you will begin to notice the positive effects these foods are having on your body.
Note: Be wary of fad detox programs! Although these detox programs may work in the short term, these types of programs tend to do more harm than good. For example, some fad detox programs cause fast weight loss, but, after you finish the detox, you regain the weight. Or, if you’re diabetic, the detox may cause your blood sugar to spike.
Plus, research shows that not-so-innocent sweet tooth could be doing serious damage to your health, leading to weight gain, high blood pressure and cholesterol levels and an increased risk for diabetes. In fact, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, author of The End of Dieting, says eating too much sugar should be considered just as dangerous as smoking cigarettes. “A diet with sugar and high glycemic index foods promotes all the leading causes of death in America,” he says. “I don’t see value in cutting out sugar for a few days and then going back to eating it, but I do see value in cutting it out permanently.”
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You’ve got to get that sugar out of the blood, and your body has to become sensitive or responsive to insulin once again. That’s the biggest step you have to take in your battle to reverse diabetes. Cinnamon can help.
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.
My husband is home from the hospital after his second bout of cellulitis, this one very serious. We had been juicing, primarily green juices, since the first of the year, but dropped out of the habit as life just got in the way. Diabetes is too serious to ignore. We are back juicing, this time for life.
However, if you have a systemic degenerative disease/ailment such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, indigestion, or constipation, then, your body and its cells are sick and full of excess toxins, and are unable to cleanse and detoxify properly.
If you choose to enjoy 10% of your calories as animal-based foods, you could put a daub of coconut milk in the bottom of a stir-fry pan, add to it some onion, mushroom, and julienned zucchini and a bit of water (not much) and let these saute together until the onions are just right. Then toss in some rice and a couple of organic farm-fresh eggs! Stir it up continuously as the eggs cook and voila, an amazing topping for your salad.
Raw juicing: is an excellent method for helping your body to cleanse and detox to remove accumulated toxins and chemicals. And, if you want to magnify the benefits of raw juicing, then, follow a sound nutritional program.
Two common ways to help you plan how much to eat if you have diabetes are the plate method and carbohydrate counting, also called carb counting. Check with your health care team about the method that’s best for you.
2. Fasting is an EXCELLENT idea. You can eat (healthy) after a saline flush. You may juice if you would like. I assume you are talking about the saline flush. You only have to flush once a month. Once every week is ok in the first month IF you suspect your colon is congested (frequent constipation). If not, once a month is fine.
Detox once or twice a year. Use a comprehensive program designed to do best diabetes detox things: release toxins from their storage sites; support the liver in changing them into compounds we can more easily excrete; and eliminate them from the body. This can be accomplished with a diet low in sweets and starches, regular exercise, stress management, good sleep, sauna therapy and supplements that deliver the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids needed for detoxification.
If you’re interested in expanding your vegetarian options, you may want to give quinoa (pronounced KEEN- wah) a try. According to the Whole Grains Council, quinoa is an ancient grain consumed as far back as the when Inca civilization was in full swing. It was largely forgotten until it was rediscovered in the 1970s. While this “ancient grain” tastes and cooks up like as a grain, it’s actually a nutrient-rich seed, says Connie Crawley, RD, LD, Nutrition and Health Specialist at the University of Georgia Extension Service.
The kidneys also help regulate other bodily functions by secreting the hormones renin, erythropoietin, and prostaglandin. Renin helps control blood pressure, erythropoietin stimulates the body to produce more red blood cells, and prostaglandin helps control blood pressure, muscle contractions, and inflammation.
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Foods with a low glycemic load: The glycemic index of a food tells you about the blood glucose-raising potential of the food. Foods that have a high glycemic index are converted into sugar after being eaten more quickly than low glycemic foods. If you are fighting diabetes, stick to low glycemic foods like non-starchy vegetables, stone fruits and berries, nuts, seeds, avocados, coconut, organic meat, eggs, wild-caught fish, and raw pastured dairy.
Sugar addiction is no joke. Once you’re hooked, cravings can be hard to resist, leading you down a slippery slope towards obesity and other health problems. “Studies are showing that in some people and animals, the brain can react to sugar very much like it can to drugs and alcohol,” Doerfler says. That’s why when you initially cut added sugars from your diet, you might feel deprived for a few days. “When your body is overloaded with waste, you feel more uncomfortable when not eating that food,” Fuhrman says. “It’s like stopping coffee.”
2. I’ve started to fast for 14-16 hours a day for the past week. So if I stop eating at 10:00pm, I wont eat until 1:00pm the next day. Do you suggest that I eat after the saline flush or just juice that day? Also how often should I flush?