While most typical doctors will easily come up with a plan for their patients with diabetes, more often than not, the diet prescribed will be little more than a typical American’s diet, modified for diabetic uses so that the patient can track their blood sugar levels. In this article, we will explore this diet, also known as the Standard American Diet (SAD), as well as two others that are not designed for diabetics, but are an excellent way to control blood sugar and lose weight at the same time.
Most diabetic meal plans are nothing more than the average American’s typical diet. Or rather, the average American’s diet with all the fun cut out. The diets you find on the internet are, most of the time, still full of margarine, low-to-no-fat dairy, and other myths that American doctors have used for decades to control their patients. But shouldn’t life as a diabetic be just as delicious as life before the awful news? There are two diets in particular that can easily control your blood sugar levels and help you lose weight at the same time, while maintaining a delicious menu that will leave you happy and satisfied.
We’ll start with the most drastic diet–one that many believe to be a fad, an over-the-top diet for vegetarian nuts and not for the general population: going raw. Now before you throw this lifestyle out the window with visions of endless salads and veggie trays, let me just mention that while this lifestyle is so different from the SAD diet and will take some getting used to, it can be a delicious adventure instead of green monotony. A raw lifestyle has many benefits, and can help you heal your own body, gain back the energy and vitality you always wished for, tantalize your taste buds, and more! Diabetics who go raw will need to eat their raw fruits with raw nuts for a few days, but you should be able to eat fruit all by itself in just a short while.
If you are looking for more information on the raw lifestyle, I would highly recommend Alissa Cohen’s guide, cookbook, and inspiring book all within one cover, Living on Live Food. It is packed with amazing information, unbelievable testimonials, the program, and plenty of exciting and delicious recipes, including desserts. Going raw is a drastic change, but it is a change for the better, in every area.
If you are a diabetic that doesn’t quite relish the idea of eating nothing but raw and living foods, and would still love to enjoy all the delicious foods you’ve been accustomed to, consider investigating Suzanne Somer’s Somersizing lifestyle. Suzanne has several books out, and they may even be at your local library. Basically, Suzanne’s program is designed to balance your hormones. Balanced hormones lead to health and happiness, while an unbalanced system will likely bring misery and dissatisfaction. By combining the three main food groups (carbs, proteins, and fats) into a very specific pattern, you will be able to lose the extra weight and probably drop much of your medication. Her basic theory is that you should enjoy your cheese, sour cream, red meat, chicken, fish, and every other delicious whole food. The secret is in combining the different foods. For example, you never eat carbs with fat. A meal of proteins and fats, with veggies, is perfectly acceptable. Fruit should always be eaten on an empty stomach. In a nutshell, you save the foods that give your blood sugar an insulin spike to be eaten by themselves, because the insulin spike from carbohydrates will send the fat and protein to your fat reserves. Her amazing information is such that everyone should read and try it for themselves.
Diabetic meal plans don’t need to be boring, old, low-fat, low-calorie regimens that nobody enjoys (with that being said, if a 1200 calorie diabetic diet plan works for you as was discussed in Part 4 of this series, then by all means go with it!). There are a host of different lifestyles that can support diabetics in a healthy way and make a real difference.