The long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and dire economic consequences.”
“(We) have simply followed the recommended mainstream diet that is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels. This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.”
“What you can do is choose whole foods your grandmother served and not those your mom turned to as grocery store aisles filled with manufactured foods. By eliminating inflammatory foods and adding essential nutrients from fresh unprocessed food, you will reverse years of damage in your arteries and throughout your body from consuming the typical American diet.”
I’m lucky because my diabetes was apparently caught before my insulin resistance was very high. I could still get away with eating higher amounts of carbs without medication and not see glucose spikes…for a while. Now, not so much. I feel cheated! By sticking my head in the sand, with the help of my “team”, I merely delayed the inevitable: I must drastically lower my carb intake in order to control my diabetes. Let me rephrase that: I must cut out most carbs and replace them with non-starchy vegetables, beans and nuts. My body just can’t handle carbohydrates any longer. Sigh.
This brings up a subject that I’ve been grappling with for some time now: Is it better for a PWD, T2 to cut out carbs in order to control glucose, or should we just take more medicine? I’ll just betcha if I asked a dietician or CDE I would be told to up my medication. In fact, I had a reply to a comment I made in a forum from someone who claimed to be a dietician who said that if I couldn’t even eat a sandwich without seeing a bg spike then I needed to take more medicine. But is that really the best answer? Is the almighty whole grain really that important?
I need to clarify which carbs I’m removing from my food plan. I’m not talking about a box of macaroni and cheese; that stuff went out the door a long time ago. No, I’m talking about whole wheat bread, cereal (even oatmeal and high fiber options) and some fruit. I occasionally eat small quantities of pasta and couscous. This adjustment has taken a long time for me to achieve (and I still “blow it” on occasion). I think that the slow change has made it easier for me to accept that I can’t just eat whatever I want but now I’m wondering if this change in food plan shouldn’t have happened sooner. Someone should have slapped me up the side of the head and made me realize that I needed to make major changes right away instead of basically being told to “watch what I eat and move more”.