Friday, January 25, 2013

Some information on Nutrition

Diabetics usually die of heart disease.  A diet low in vegetables beans and high in animal protein is one for medical disaster.  Carbohydrate restrictive diets can offer some short term improvement in glucose control and can potentially aid weight loss in some people, but because those diets are too rich in animal products which do not contain plant chemicals or antioxidants, they incur other significant risks such as cancer, heart disease and kidney disease.  Carbohydrate-restrictive diets create metabolic derangement conducive to cardiac conduction abnormalities and or myocardial dysfunction.  It may cause life threatening heart problems.  Ketogenic diets are the most dangerous.  Animal products need to be restricted for disease reversal to occur.  Diabetics have significantly better chances of reversing their disease when they avoid excess animal protein.

The best foods to eat and reverse diabetes:
Raw Greens, tomatoes, cooked greens, cauliflower, mushrooms, beans, eggplant, nuts, seeds, onions and lower sugar fruits such as berries and kiwi.

Rolled oats.  For people who suffer from type 2 diabetes or are in a pre diabetic condition, this cereal presents a much better choice than most processed cereals.  Containing significant amounts of beta-glucan, rolled oats tend to help regulate blood sugar so that the individual is less likely to spikes in the body's glucose level.  As an excellent source of dietary fiber, iron, and thiamine, rolled oats can be a significant part of a healthy diet, requiring only a small amount to reap the benefits.  They also have the advantage of possessing an antioxidant known as avenanthramides, which is very helpful in ridding the body of toxins that have build up over time.

All Raw Vegetables and Cooked Green Vegetables can be eaten in unlimited quantities. Eat lots of green leafy vegetables. They have the greatest amount of nutrients per calorie of any food. You may also eat as many nutrient rich non-green vegetables as you want (eggplant, cauliflower, mushrooms, onions, carrots, peppers, tomatoes). The more you eat, the more weight you will lose. Try to eat a pound per day of raw and a pound per day of cooked vegetables. If you can't eat this much, don't force yourself, but the idea is to completely rethink what your idea of a portion of vegetables is: make it huge.
You may also eat as much fruit as you want. You should have at least four fresh fruits daily. Finish lunch or dinner with watermelon, a whole cantaloupe of a box of blueberries or strawberries. On this moderate weight loss diet, limit dried fruit like dates, raisins or apricots to 2 tablespoons per day.
Starchy vegetables (Butternut or acorn squash, corn, potatoes) and Whole Grains are grouped together because they can be a problem for those who have difficulty losing weight. While wholesome high carbohydrate foods are a valuable addition to a disease prevention diet, they are more calorically dense than the non-starchy vegetables. Limit these foods to 1-2 servings per day for moderate weight loss. (A serving is one cup)
Eat beans every day; they are a dieter's best friend. The goal is to eat an entire cup of beans daily and you may have more then a cup if you chose. Beans reduce cholesterol and blood sugar and help prevent food cravings. They are digested slowly, which gives them a high satiety index.
Consume nuts and seeds every day in limited amounts (1-2 ounces daily). Almonds, walnuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and others may be rich in calories and fat, but scientific studies consistently report that the healthy fats in nuts and seeds offer disease protection against heart attacks, stroke and cancer and also help you lower cholesterol. Always eat nuts and seeds raw because the roasting process alters their beneficial fats. Nuts and seeds are ideal in salad dressings because when eaten with greens, they greatly enhance the absorption of nutrients from the green vegetables. You may also use an additional 1 tablespoon per day of flax seed.
Avocados like nuts, contain healthy fats and should be eaten regularly. Because they are calorically dense however, limit them to a maximum of 2 ounces per day.
Dairy products, animal products, refined grains, sugar, and added salt are off limits on this meal plan. A small amount of oil
may be used occasionally (maximum of 1 teaspoon).
Herbal teas with no caffeine are permitted. You may use garlic, flavored vinegar, lemon, VegiZest or MatoZest and spices or herbs for seasoning.
You will notice that some recipes appear twice in one day or are served again the next day. This is done intentionally because when you prepare a dish it makes sense to reduce your workload and make enough for at least two meals.
For more Eat to Live recipes, visit the member center recipe guide.
Note: A vegan diet(completely vegetarian) is deficient in vitamin B12 and possible zinc and iodine. Those nutrients should be supplemented. It is also beneficial to include supplemental vitamin D and omega 3 fatty acids in your diet. 

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