Nutritions and Diabetes

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Simply said, Nutrition is the material, the content, in our food. This Diabetes nutritions section is here to teach you more about nutrients in general and how they work with diabetes.
It is what keeps us alive since it fills up the need of our cells. There are 6 big groups of nutritions: Water, Mineral, Vitamin, Fat, Carbohydrate and Protein. We all need different amount of these but we all need them to keep ourself healthy, happy and full of energy!
With my diet, it seems that Carbohydrates is not allowed. That is not true. It is simply removed a lot of since we get enough of them anyway. Often, products with a lot of carbohydrates are also not health beneficial, especially not for a diabetic.
The diabetes nutritions is less about carbohydrates and more about the other ones. So understand that I do like carbohydrates, just the right amount and the right way.

Carbohydrates

Well, we get carbohydrates through my diet anyway, since almost everything has some piece of carbohydrates in them and you will get enough from it if you eat correctly.
Why we avoid carbohydrates is because they send the blood glucose level(blood sugar) high and fast. We want a slow transformation from food to energy, which is why carbohydrates are not suitable, except vegetables that has good carbs with low GI (glycemic index). Sugar is a form of carbohydrate and therefore are things like candy, jam, cookies, cakes not good.
And of course, we have to understand that it has a lot to do that these things contain a lot of other bad and toxic ingredients for our body. It’s important to get the healthy carbohydrates.
We need to help our blood sugar while we heal and recover to get a better pancreas and body. We need to avoid as much carbohydrates as possible without putting the health on second place. That is why carbohydrate is not an important diabetes nutrition.
Soluble fiber, found in oats, peas, beans, and many fruits, dissolves in water in the intestinal tract to produce a gel which slows the movement of food through the intestines.
This may help lower blood glucose levels because it can slow the absorption of sugar. Additionally, fiber, perhaps especially that from whole grains, is thought to possibly help lessen insulin spikes, and therefore reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. But I rarely eat oats since it usually have a very high amount of carbs but you have to adapt and do it the way it fits your life the best.
As you see above, carbohydrates can be good but this is fiber and comes from unprocessed and clean fiber from whole grain things. Not from white flour products like bread. But choose carefully since the whole idea with diabetes nutritions is to balance you and the same time give the body time and space to recover.

Protein

If you have read the meat section, you already know that it is a great source of protein. Though, there is some other things to count in with meat.
Read more about meat here.
Some other ways to get protein is through tofu and soy products, eggs, legumes (such as: alfalfa, clover, peas, beans, lentils, lupins, mesquite, carob, soy, and peanuts) and dairy products like milk and cheese.

Excess of Protein

0-6 months of age is when we need protein the most. The breast-feeding milk is 1,6% protein, dairies have 9-18% and meat 18-24%. As you can see, our need of protein is not that high and even less after 6months of age.
Excess of protein causes increased metabolism and the pancreas to become tired and weak.
Cooked protein is bad because it requires a lot of pancreatic and stomach enzymes. It causes much acid, liver congestion, kidney stress, adrenal gland fatigue, vitamin and mineral loss and lowers the vitality and health of the body. Therefore, we don’t get what we need, we don’t get our diabetes nutritions.
Though, sometimes, some of us needs a hot soup to warm us up or have that craving for meat and in those times it is up to you. I eat almost only raw but sometimes when I’m cold or just feel for it, I make Potato and Bean Soup.
Just keep these things in mind when you choose your food so you do not get excess of protein, as with a lot of other things. Excess is never good. Balance is everything. Diabetes nutritions is equal to balance.
A normal North American diet is 90-150gram protein/day, authorities recommend 20gram/day. More than 47gram will make the body’s calcium storage to reduce and bad effects on the whole body system in the long run.
When we reduce intake of animal proteins, our requirement for vitamins and minerals decreases.

Good quality protein is found in:

Spirulina, hemp, chlorella, nuts, whole grains, vegetables, seeds and carob powder. Eat egg and meat in moderation that has been farm-raised, without antibiotic, hormones or drugs. This will affect you directly since those things comes into your system as well.
Don’t eat fat of meat, nor skins of chicken and turkey. Whatever can be cooked in oven(no microwave oven), should be. If not, steam or bake it. Cooked protein is worthless and puts stress on the body that can eventually lead to disease.

Fat

A lot of people have the belief that fat are bad and you get fat from it. That is incorrect. The combination of fat and carbohydrates make you fat since carbohydrates binds fat and if not digested properly, It will set its place in the tissues which becomes belly fat.
There is Monounsaturated fat and Polyunsaturated fat. They exist in fat products and much in oils, but also in some vegetables. These are said to be good for the cholesterol. the digestion system and for the stored energy of the body. Of course in normal quantities.

For the Monounsaturated fats:

Peanuts, walnuts, almonds and pistachios, avocado, canola, flaxseed and olive oil.

For the Polyunsaturated fats:

This comes from seafood like salmon and fish oil. Sunflower oil is included here as well. Be careful with sea food since a lot of seafood are unfortunately today much polluted and contains mercury with is a very heavy metal and super toxic for the body.
And this affects the fish too and makes it contain mercury. Even though fish have good properties, it does not conquer the toxic metal that disrupt the whole process of digestion and vitality for your body. Choose your seafood wisely or even better, get it yourself from good places.
Visit Healthcastle.com for more information and some good reading.
Fat are especially good for diabetics since it converts to blood sugar very slowly and therefore gives it an even and balanced process for the blood sugar and you avoid the crazy spikes and high amounts of insulin to counter it.

Unhealthy Fats

There are fat that you should avoid which is trans-fats and saturated fat. Trans-fat are almost every time processed and industrial made and contains bad properties for the body and the whole system. Saturated fat can increase risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes and comes often from animal sources.
Once again, diabetes nutritions is about balance.
But good fat are unsaturated fats and as always, you need to look what it contains and how it has been processed. Cold-pressed and organic olive oil is absolutely the best oil to use. Read about Oils here.
Cheese, butter, egg and whipped cream are also fat and can be healthy but here again, choose the organic and unprocessed products. Or else, the nutrition in the food won’t help you since they contain so much toxic. Raw milk is a lot more healthy, read about dairies here
These products are also acidic so keep it to minimum. Diabetes nutritions is all about helping your body to get balanced. Remember the 80-20 concept. 80% should be directly healthy and beneficial for you. This balance is what diabetes nutrition is all about.

 

More about Vitamins, Minerals and Water is coming. Great research in progress ;)

 

 

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