One Size Does NOT Fit All!
For those of us with Type 2 Diabetes, we know the recommendations we must follow to effectively manage it:
- Eat LESS starchy carbohydrates
- Eat MORE protein-rich foods
- Eat MORE fiber
Pretty straight-forward right?
Then WHY do we still struggle with this? What if you are compliant and don't cheat. You follow these recommendations 100% of the time and you STILL have issues with high blood sugar levels!
A few years ago, I wrote a blog article on the way we were being fooled by the food industry. LOW FAT, for instance, is considered the way to go to achieve optimum health. Recent research, however, shows that this may not be the case since going "low fat" means that, more often than not, the carb level is high. Diabetic or not, going LOW FAT can lead to weight gain, negating any "heart-healthy" benefits.
In the world of diabetes nutrition, we face the same issues to some extent. For example, we are told that steel cut oatmeal, is acceptable to eat but avoid the "instant" variety. Sweet potatoes are supposed to be better for us and not spike BS levels as much as white potatoes. Brown rice is preferred over white rice. These are generally accepted rules that we have been following for a very long time.
Let's look at this more closely....
How do you KNOW for sure that these established guidelines are compatible to your body?? I have come to the conclusion, after years of training and coaching those with diabetes and through personal experience, that WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT. As a result of that, you need to become your own "investigator"! That means that you have to COMMIT to finding out how YOU respond to the foods you consume and don't fully, 100%, trust the established guidelines. They are, by the way, GUIDELINES!
I know, by consistently checking my BS, that I can have ONE slice of whole wheat toast for breakfast with my soft boiled eggs, but not TWO. I know this because I have checked my BS 2 hours after eating. TWO slices would put me over the top. Well, I have came across many people with diabetes who are able to eat a BAGEL for breakfast without any lasting high BS levels! How can they get away with doing this?? THEY HAVE COMMITTED TO CHECKING THEIR BS LEVELS THROUGHOUT THE DAY and they know how their bodies respond to a variety of foods. In one of the Face Book diabetes support groups I belong to, I came across a guy with type 2 diabetes who has a few beers (not the "light" variety) 3-4 times a week with some pretzels and he has no significant rise in his BS 2-3 hours afterwards. If I did that, my BS levels would go through the roof!
A sudy condcuted in Israel focuses on how the same foods can initiate a different BS response - To view, go here .
The Power of "Eating to Your Meter"
I recently saw an ADA (American Diabetes Association) listing of the top 15 foods for those with type 2 diabetes. Of the 15, I can only eat about 9 and the other 6 I can only eat in very small amounts. Who do I know this? I "eat to my meter"! This is a perfect example where KNOWLEDGE is truly POWER! I eat and I check my BS levels to see how MY body responds. This is a basic, fundamental practice that so many are NOT doing!
Your Glucose Meter is your #1 weapon in reversing the effects of type 2 diabetes!
DIABETES REVERSAL IS POSSIBLE! It starts with this - you MUST "eat to our meter"!! It's the #1 strategy and the ONLY way that you know what you can or cannot eat and how much. If your A1C is high, doing this will have the quickest effect on lowering it. It can also open up a new world of possibilities since you may have been limiting yourself of some foods you enjoy for no reason! What's better than that?
Acquiring this important info can be done and it doesn't take too long to figure out a sound nutritional strategy for yourself. We will ALWAYS have diabetes until a cure comes along. In the meantime, you have to take control and develop a PERSONAL nutritional plan that will put you on the path towards diabetes reversal. Eating to you meter is not something you have to do the rest of your life because once you know, you know!
Until next time.....
A Diabetes Coach with Type 2 Diabetes