01-23-15 – Friday – Is Paleo Safe for Type 2 Diabetes?

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Just Incredible! My weight, once again has dropped to an all time low coming in at 164.8 this morning, while my blood sugar is down to a very healthy 83.

For anyone who isn’t already convinced that a paleo diet, moderate exercise, a good sleeping pattern and the avoidance of stress will not lead to the reduction of the unhealthy effects of Type II Diabetes, well, I am becoming a living proof. I am building some pretty attractive muscles, while burning excess body fat and I have to say, I look pretty good naked. I am very proud of the progress that I have been making, but I will continue on this journey until there is no doubt in my mind what-so-ever, that this is the physical cure for Type II Diabetes.

I feel good as my mind is totally focused each day, and have lost all of that mind fog I used to have eating carbs. My memory has become sharper and my overall energy each day is just incredible. Oh, and I sleep like a baby at night. I know I still have a lot of work ahead of me, like learning to eat more raw vegetables each day and changing my workouts more towards a crossfit style of training, but these changes will come with time.

Is seems that the truth is already out there, but I have to see the results in my own testing to actually confirm it. The following article is just one of the articles that convinced me to start making the change.
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Can The Paleo Diet Help Diabetics?

November is National Diabetes Month, so now is a great time to reflect upon the 26 million people who already have diabetes, as well as the nearly 80 million with pre-diabetes (those on high alert for developing the condition). If you fall into any of these groups, or know someone who does, take the time to consider what kinds of food choices may lead to better health.

Sometimes, better health means that weight loss is necessary. Obesity increases the risk for diabetes, and losing weight can help keep your blood glucose level on target.

Luckily, it may not be necessary to lose all those excess pounds to improve diabetes outcomes. Losing just 5-10% of your body weight can help lower your blood glucose, total cholesterol, and blood pressure levels. Here, we will outline one eating plan that can help people with diabetes lose weight, among many other possible benefits.

The Paleo Diet

Often, people do not make time to prepare their own meals or even monitor their food intake. This can lead to regular intake of packaged, processed foods. Many experts believe that this trend away from carefully prepared whole foods has contributed to the rise in obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.

A growing number of nutrition researchers and doctors now suggest that we try a return to simpler diets, based on grass-fed and free-range animal products, fresh seafood, and whole fruit, vegetables, seeds, and nuts.

The Paleo (Paleolithic) Diet, also known the Hunter-Gatherer Diet, is a healthy-eating plan based on fresh, unprocessed plants and animals. Even though it is modeled after human diets from thousands of years ago, the Paleo Diet consists of easy-to-find foods, such as fish, eggs, fruit, vegetables, nuts, and grass-fed meats. Most versions of the diet do not include grains (like wheat, rye, and barley) or legumes (like beans). Only a few versions include dairy, if it is from grass-fed cows or raw (“unpasteurized”).

Supporters of the Paleo Diet also think that you should avoid all processed fats, such as vegetable oil, soybean oil and margarine. This is because they are not whole foods and have been shown to contribute to heart disease. However, they do approve of several types of oil, including flaxseed, walnut, macadamia, avocado, olive and coconut. Most sugar is also limited.

The Paleo Diet can be adjusted for your specific tastes, weight loss goals and blood glucose needs. The Paleo Diet is very strict about the types of foods you can consume, however those foods that abide by the Paleo premise can be consumed in unlimited quantities. On this diet, you and your healthcare team can choose how much carbohydrate, protein and fat is best for you.

Why Switch to The Paleo Diet?

The Paleo Diet is high in vitamins and minerals, unprocessed, and low in foods that trigger allergic reactions. People with diabetes may benefit from improved blood glucose control, weight loss, and higher energy on this eating plan.

Here are other possible benefits of the Paleo Diet:

  • Lower blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Better blood glucose control
  • Better brain health
  • Stronger muscles
  • Better digestion
  • Increased absorption of vitamins and minerals
  • Increased immunity
  • Relief from allergies and skin diseases
  • Improved energy levels
  • Increased insulin sensitivity
  • Reduced depression and anxiety
  • Improved sleep

If you have poor digestion, allergies, high blood glucose, or any other symptoms of nutritional deficiency, think about speaking with your healthcare team about the Paleo Diet. With good planning, this healthy eating plan can be very nutrient-dense, low in allergens, and made specifically to suit your individual needs and tastes. It is a good idea to read more about this subject if you do decide to talk about it with your doctor or healthcare team. Have a look at some of the many books and articles written about the Paleo Diet, the Primal Diet, and “ancestral diets.” These are all slightly different eating plans based on the same basic idea: whole, unprocessed, and low-allergen foods are best.

Jonathan Jarashow, Publisher
Diabetes Digest Family of Magazines
diabetesdigest.com
jonathan@hcrimson.com

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Blood Sugar – 83, Weight – 164.8

Treadmill
Distance- 1.50
Time- 22:34
Calories- 174.2

Meals
Breakfast- 2 Eggs, 2 Bacon
Lunch- Steak, Peppers, Green Beans
Dinner- Chicken, Asparagus

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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