What I Would Eat if I Had Diabetes
There are three types of nutrients: fat, proteins and carbohydrates. One of these is the reason your blood sugar levels increase which leads to an illness that is endured by about 50 percent of the population: Diabetes.
Diabetes is a disease in which your blood sugar levels are too high over a prolonged period of time.
Sugar, or glucose, comes from the food you eat. These are the carbohydrates rich food like your bread, cakes, sugar, pasta, and any other stomach-filling, starchy food that you could think about.
The sugar in your body produces insulin. This is the hormone that lowers the sugar in your blood.
When you consume more sugar than what the body needs, the insulin stores it in what we know as fats. Contrary to what we may think, the fats that we eat do not cause your diabetes. Your fat intake does not increase your blood sugar levels. Protein may, but when the right amount is taken, it will still not increase your insulin. The one thing that makes your insulin level increase is the high level of carbohydrates you consume.
Fats vs carbohydrates
According to the American Diabetes Association, a person will need an average of 40 to 60 grams of carbohydrates in a day. Well, this is insane because the body needs zero carbohydrates.
You may have heard of the benefits of essential fatty acids or the essential amino acids, but there is no such thing as essential carbohydrates. Yes, carbohydrate is not needed by the body. In fact, we are better without carbohydrates.
Sugar in carbohydrates stimulates hunger. It will make you starve. So you’ll have the tendency to eat more, and crave for more after. When you spike your carbohydrate intake, you also spike your insulin intake; and then it comes down so low, because your insulin worked so hard to push all that sugar out. You’ll end up having hyper-reactive low blood sugar. Like a cycle, you will again crave for more food, you become dizzy and thirsty. Then you’ll wonder why you had the additional two pounds the next day? I guess you now know.
In the last 50 years, fat was eliminated in the average diet of a person because of the misconception that it triggers insulin growth. So fats were replaced with carbohydrates. But it’s result only worsened the situation. It resulted to the increase of illnesses associated to high carbohydrate intake, including heart diseases and of course, diabetes.
► Increasing fat intake
If you have diabetes or pre-diabetic conditions, and want to solve your problem with your insulin, you should increase your fat intake because aside from not contributing to your insulin level, it actually helps in the absorption of other essential minerals in the body. Eating a high-fat diet actually lowers you blood sugar level. Fats also suppress your hunger and give you the fuel you need.
► Benefits of removing carbohydrates in your diet
The reduction of carbohydrates in the diet contributes to successful weight loss. When you get rid of the sugar from carbohydrates, your body primarily loses lots of water weight. If you are diabetic who wants to lose weight, high fat intake would be necessary to be able to burn fat from your entire system.
If you are not diabetic, you will have to take a lower amount because you could just be burning fat from your diet and not from your own body.
While there is no total cure for diabetes, you can still correct and maintain a good sugar level to avoid complication and if you still value the chance of getting healthy. Start by trying to eliminate your carbo intake. You can eliminate diabetes if you cut your sugar out.
They say you are what you eat. Thus, you should also be responsible and logical with what you are putting in your mouth because it will affect your total well being. Make good judgments on what to eat. Just because we are accustomed to the negative connotation of fat doesn’t mean it is bad for the body. The fat that we used to hate is actually an ally in keeping our blood sugar level balanced. So eat more of your meat, fish, eggs, and other natural fats like butter. If you are a vegetarian, eat more vegetables growing above the ground.
Again, avoid sugar and starchy foods like bread, pasta, rice, and potatoes.