Diabetes is a complex disease. There are many different types of diabetes including Type 1, Type 2, Pre diabetes and gestational. The information here pertains to Type 2 diabetes and pre diabetes. The most significant changes you can make are:
1. Avoid highly processed foods
People are consuming the greatest quantity of processed foods now more than any other time in history. However, most people don’t even know how dangerous they are. Recent studies show that processed foods are linked to many common diseases including diabetes,heart disease, certain cancers and obesity. Can you believe so many diseases can come from the foods you eat? The processed foods I am talking about are anything made with white flour, artificial sweeteners, cakes, cookies, pastries, breakfast cereals, soft drinks, sugary “fruit” drinks, cheese food, frozen dinners, and processed meat products (sausage, bologna, bacon, packaged ham, etc.) canned food, and refined sugars (including high fructose corn syrup). Most processed foods are stripped of all nutrients and are high in sugar, fat, salt and calories.
2. Avoid red meat and most animal products
In addition to avoiding highly processed foods, eating fewer animal products will have a huge impact on your health. Eating fewer animal products is the key to preventing chronic diseases including obesity, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes because animal products are high in saturated fat and cholesterol and are often polluted by hormones and antibiotics. The biggest problems with animal products in this country are how they are produced and that we are consuming too much of them. Studies have shown that a small increase in red meat can increase your risk of Type 2 diabetes. Start to decrease your consumption of animal protein and you will reduce your risk of getting diabetes.
3. Eat whole natural foods
Eating a whole foods diet means maximizing your nutrient intake and obtaining your foods from natural sources while avoiding the highly processed foods. Whole natural foods include fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, legumes and whole grains. #diabetes #exercise #eatyourveggies #somefruit #controlyourcarbohydrateintake #healthcoachlife