Ok health yearners, I promised I would get back to the nutrition side of things so here goes. I truly believe most if not ALL chronic illness is related to diet and lifestyle (and research says so); this means it’s caused by a bad diet, and treatable with a good diet. There are booby traps that make it difficult to eat well. The largest makers of food in the US (Kraft, General Mills, PepsiCo) are not considering your health, you can be sure of that, even if their marketing campaigns say otherwise….so it’s not your fault alone if you’re unhealthy right now.
Most of what’s in the grocery store is unfit for health and in many cases the food in the conventional supermarkets are contributing to chronic illness for a variety of reasons. What I tell my clients in my Eating for Meaning© Program is that N-U-T-R-I-T-I-O-N is the number one reason to eat. Number 1. And you must accept this as your MO in order to prevent and recover from chronic illness. You happen to be LUCKY, as a human being, that most of your essential functions (eating, drinking, sleeping, breathing, sex, eliminating waste) are pleasurable…however you also have to keep in mind that 1) these functions serve very important roles for your comfortable existence and 2) they can also be painful. Basic biology supports that most people will be healthy if you eat, drink, sleep, sex and eliminate waste properly. And what you eat, your nutrition, is among the functions most within your control, with a little education, as it turns out; it also affects how you sleep, breathe, eliminate waste and reproduce. Diabetes is an endocrine or metabolic condition brought on by eating habits (i.e. too much sugar, too little protein, fat and fiber, irregular eating habits, skipping meals, eating large meals, binging). Diabetes is also related to lifestyle such as exercise, medications you take and stems back to the eating habits of your parents. It causes many changes in your essential functions; irregular and uncontrolled appetite, frequent urination, poor quality sleep and excessive sweating. Even if you’re not diabetic, heads upeven if you’re borderline or even if you have hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)!
Got Sugar Cravings; Try these 6 foods on for size (and one to Eliminate)
1) Ceylon Cinnamon and Raw Honey tea: Add 1 teaspoon of raw wildflower or Manuka honey to 1/3 tsp of Ceylon Cinnamon and mix in boiled water when craving sugar or alcohol. Sprinkle cinnamon in plain yogurt with a little raw honey to cut sugar cravings. Organic green tea is also beneficial for blood sugar control, makes you full faster at the beginning of a meal and an increase metabolism and help you lose belly fat.
2) Organic peanut butter: Unlike other nuts, peanuts are not nuts; they are legumes, like beans and lentils and therefore offer more protein content, as well as some fats that balance blood sugar. Like anything don’t over do it, take 1 tablespoon per day. Breakfast is ideal. Other seed butters are good too such as tahini, almond butter, sunflower butter, pumpkin seed butter.
Not for you if you’re allergic!
3) Quinoa: A gluten-free grain rich in protein, which makes it better than rice or wheat and more tolerable by most people. Among the healthiest and longest-living people in the world, the Peruvian Andean, consume this as a staple. Eat it now as a replacement for pasta, white rice, baked potatoes and bread. Comes in red or white varieties, both good.
4) Animal Protein: In addition to the cold water fish you’re already eating, reintroduce 3-4 oz hormone-free quality red meat cuts (lamb, goat, duck, wild boar, pastured-fed beef, not processed cold cuts) starting at 3 times per week. Filled with sugar balancing protein and good fats that support the organs. If your vegetarian diet is making you chubby and crave carbs, consider going back to red meat. note: Isn’t it about time you ditched the overconsumption of boneless, skinless Perdue chicken breast that is clearly not working for you? If I eat Perdue chicken I get sick. Go Mennonite, small farm and Halal chicken. Eat the dark stuff, straight from the bone.
5) Cooked Greens: Bitter melon, Spinach, chard, collards, broccoli, asparagus, kale, green beans and cabbage. Eating 2 cups of these nutritious and fiberful greens daily provides vitamins and minerals that help make you feel full with very few calories. Also give energy and cut sugar cravings. What’s more they may help the liver process insulin reducing the liver’s insensitivity to lower levels of sugar in the blood.
6) Blueberries: The pigments from dark berries such as blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, lingonberries may help with sugar cravings as they are relatively low in sugar and high in a soluble fiber called pectin. Pectin buffers the absorption of sugar in the blood, controlling cravings on a day to day basis. What’s more the antioxidants found in these berries might help to control blood sugar as well.
Eliminate Orange juice: Orange juice is among the worst foods for those with blood sugar problems. Sure it will save your life if you are on the verge of passing out from hypoglycemia, but in all other cases orange juice such as Tropicana will destabilize blood sugar. An 8oz glass contains 110 calories and 22 grams (5.25 teaspoons of sugar). That’s 22 grams of fast sugar and 0 slow carbs (fiber), which can send your blood sugar soaring, especially if taken with a bowl of low fiber cereal such as Cheerios and some skim milk. This is a Blood sugar disaster of a meal! How do you recover from that breakfast? You don’t. So except on very special occasions skip it.
Some of this information might be surprising to you, but I know your diet is not working for you, so be brave, let go of the hype and make some changes.