According to Gabriel Cousens, M.D., a specialist in the area of diabetes, the diet that works the best is a raw, vegan live food diet that is low in fat (fat from plants), low in protein, high in fiber, high in minerals and high in complex carbohydrates. This means no meat, no dairy, no bread, no cooked grains, no sugar, no caffeine, no alchol and nothing cooked over 118 degrees.
I know what some of you may be thinking…why can’t I eat some of those things?!
Let’s start off with meat.
According to Diabetes Care 7, “A quarter pound of beef raises insulin levels in diabetics as much as a quarter pound of straight sugar.” Eating meat is simply not as natural for the human body as most people think it is.
It wasn’t until about 10,000 years ago that humans started eating more meat because of a shift to a herding and farming culture. Before that, for perhaps 3.2 million years according to Dr. Cousens, humans had been eating mostly a live plant based diet, a diet that is much more natural for the human body to digest. In fact, between 1840 and 1974, the quantity of meat eaten per person in the US increased by FIVE FOLD!
So why not dairy then?
According to Dr. Cousens, “The problem is that the antibodies to the milk antigens cross-react with the beta cells of the pancreas, creating inflammation and scarring. This consequently blocks or destroys beta cell production of insulin.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has recognized this as well and made a decision in 1994 to strongly encourage families with a diabetic history not to give their children cow’s milk or cow’s milk products for at least 2 years because it significantly increasing the likelihood of developing diabetes.
Japanese children, who have the lowest consumption levels of milk, have 1/36th the rate of Type I diabetes as does Finland, the country with the highest level of milk consumption.
How about fruit?
Dr. Gabriel Cousens recommends “against fruit for three to six months until the fasting blood sugar (FBS) stabilizes at 85 or below, and then only have low-glycemic fruit such as berries, cherries, citrus, goji berries, cranberries, and an occasional apple.
So What Can You Eat?
Your diet should consist of raw, vegan live plant based foods. Some people need more protein (plant based of course) and others need a diet higher in complex carbohydrates. Everyone’s bodies are different so it depends on your body. Regardless of your body type you should have a diet that is high in vegetables and phytonutrients. You should make sure that there is a variety of colors in the foods that you are eating as these colors are actually the pigments of the phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are critical because they turn off the diabetes causing genes and turn on the anti-diabetic genes.
DISCLAIMER – . The above information is not intended to be medical advise. Before starting any new diet it is important that you consult your physician. 🙂
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