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Chia seeds have mostly fiber in them and fiber definitely lowers blood sugar. Each tablespoon has 5 grams fiber (soluble). I've been incorporating a lot of fiber in my diet (Chia, Ground Flaxseed, etc.) and finally my blood glucose has dropped dramatically. Between my diet and added fiber from supplements (about 40-50 grams) total for the day, I'm extremely impressed with the results!!!
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Apparently, we are not all created the same. I did the vegan route for 20 months and had to give it up as even my vegan naturopath told me I’d have to at least eat fish to survive. A lot of bad things happened. My hormones shut down, or close to it. My hair was falling out. My high blood pressure got worse instead of better. I lost too much weight. I began to experience various fungus problems, so much that one doctor ran tests for Aids, even though I thought there was no possible way except for blood transfusions many years before. My cholesterol dropped, but the balance was all bad, and that’s just a few things that went wrong. Listen to your body. I should have done that a lot sooner than I did.
Laura, Did you do anything to prevent hair loss? I am having some of the same symptoms and a doctor thought I had AIDS too, but a hospital tested me and it was negative. I think I may have some candida going on (due to the pre-diabetes) because my head hurts if I eat anything sweet.
Well, I have recently read 4 books, or I am in the middle of my 4th book now. You would truly be amazed as I was that becoming vegan can cure diabetes. Get the book “The China Study” it will blow your socks off!!! Studies after studies on vegan diet (NO DAIRY PRODUCTS & NO MEATS PRODUCTS) It can reverse diabetes, heart disease and much much more. You can pick up the book on Amazon for like $10 or something reasonable….. I guess that expression, “you are what you eat” is true. I’ve been doing it for going on 7 wks and I’ve lost about 13 lbs so far and feel much more energized and healthier all around. Other books, Forks over Knives, Digestive Tune Up, and Veganist. I promise you you won’t regret it. Just change you eating habits and you’ll understand more when you read some books. If you pick any books, pick “The China Study” that has the most studies and results for cancer, diabetes, heary disease, alzheimers, arthritis, high cholesterol, high blood pressure all by changing your diet…… WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOSE, BUT TO GET CURED!!!
Funlovingal from Roseville, Ca
Please advise how you get your protein intake on a vegan diet. I would like to move from current vegetarians (eggs and dairy) to vegan, but am concerned about getting adequate protein.
There are lots of ways to get protein, I have a smoothie I love it’s so easy too and tastes amazing!
Put in the blender in this order …
1 cup of coconut milk or almond milk, 1 banana, 1 spoonful of almond butter, 1 tablespoon of Chia seeds, 4 cubes of ice and apx 2 cups spinach or to fill up the rest of the blender … Blend till smooth amazing! DO NOT USE PEANUT BUTTER it does not taste the same and is fattening… Chia seeds are optional but add protein and lots of goodness 🙂
Hi T from Houston, Usa. Besides the usual legumes, nuts, seeds, tofu etc., add hemp hearts and chia seeds to your diet to get more protein.
This is in response to T in Houston. You can get your protein from all plants and grains. That’s the beauty of veganism. We have been brainwashed into thinking that all of our protein comes from meat sources, but that’s just plain false. Quinoa, kale, swiss chard are all excellent sources of protein. In fact, quinoa and kale have more grams per ounce per serving of protein than a steak has. Blew me away when I learned of this. I’m learning a lot about the food we eat and even more about what we aren’t eating! Lol Hope this helps! 🙂
The China Study has been debunked by Denise Minger and Chris Masterjohn.
To reverse diabetes, go on a low carb, high fat, moderate protein diet. I used to be largely vegetarian, and ate no fats for a couple of years. Nearly killed me.
Hell,,this is Merryanne in Central Florida,,,I have a question to ask,,Does any one have any information about the vegan diet that is to cure diabetes??? I saw a program on the PBS station on TV,,I do not remember his name,,but for an hour he talked about the vegan diet with low fat, eating low glycemic foods,,etc. If you have had any experience with this I would love to know before I start this. I have went online and read a lot of information,,but I would like to here some personal experiences. Thank you
Vegan Diet and Diabetes
This is an update, 4 months ago I started a vegan diet that also includes,,No white potatoes, no white rice, no white bread (I make my own yeast breads, but use whole wheat none enriched, none bromated whole flours) can use Rye or pumpernickle purchased breads. All green vegs are fresh or frozen cooked in water with sea salt (no microwave cooking) I eat dry beans cooked in water and sea salt. I eat apples, bananas, melons, berries all low sugar, and no sugar can be used, no purchsed cooked or fast food, I use brown rice. Now, this not a boring diet,,I also season with onions, garlic, herbs, peppers, salsa fresh, cilantro, NO OILS NO FATS,,I do add 1/3 cup olive oil when making bread,,That is all the oil I eat. Now THE GOOD NEWS I have lost 15 pounds,,,AND I only take insulin mabe 3 times a week, and take half the insulin I was taking. My blood is checked at least twice a day, and has never gone over 190, then fell on its own in 2 hours. I eat any time I want all I want, I am not hungrey, and I do not exersise,,,but I plan to start this week. SO,,,I am reading from THE CHINIA STUDY by T. Colin Campbell, PhD, this covers 30 years of research on food and diseases. I will update again in 3 months.
Although I don’t have diabetes and have eaten a fairly healthy diet before (I’ve posted about the benefits of green smoothies as well), I decided to try to lose weight by adhering to the vegan diet not unlike Merryanne from Florida. Only, I found my info from another book that references that same China Study, called Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. Amazingly, and I know that I am probably an extreme case, I’ve lost 15 pounds in a week and a half! My body obviously responded, and needed, a larger amount of fruit and veggies. I, like Merryanne, cut out all processed foods, as well as grains and animal products and most oils (I still oil pull regularly with sesame and coconut oil, alternately). I do a different green smoothie everyday and then go to town on any fruit and vegetable that I feel like! I’m not hungry, my skin feels like a baby’s, and none of my clothes fit (which is a good thing). I do exercise, but I’ve always exercised, so that hasn’t changed. I might be feeling a small detox reaction in the mornings when I wake up with a slight headache, but I soon feel better after taking a few glasses of water and activated charcoal pills; an idea I got from reading EC’s pages about weight loss and getting rid of the toxins that are released when one starts to lose fat.
Dr. Fuhrman is an MD that has helped many people overcome diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and obesity among many other ailments with his high nutrient approach to diet. I have to admit, it seems a high hurdle to jump, when first considering giving up pasta and cheese! But with all the antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and healthy plant compounds, it’s a virtual guarantee of a long, healthy life. I encourage anyone to check him out, or to pick up a book of his. Eat to Live is specifically jam-packed with study after study of the health-inducing effects of a high nutrient density diet like his (it’s a very dense read, not like those other fluffy weight loss books out there). And even though I do not agree with every study he cites (I do see many problems with the methodology and sampling the authors of the China Study did, for instance), you can’t really go wrong with vegetables. The results speak for themselves. I know, I know, it hasn’t been very long, but I’m still impressed, and this is coming from a girl who just doesn’t lose weight.
I’ve also had fun logging my food and looking up the nutritional information on each recipe I make on a really cool online site called nutritiondata.com that has some cool graphs and charts that is all free. I just love all the ideas I get from here! I really want to thank Lisa for all of her encouragement to others and for personally inspiring me to go the green and (mostly) raw route. We have such a great community here! By the way, the recipe for the Tuscan kale salad that Rob from Manhattan posted from Dr. Weil’s site is amazing. It’s pretty delish with any variety of kale I’ve found. Thanks Rob!
I’m sorry that my posts are often so long, but I just get so excited that I want to tell you (all you EC’ers out there) everything all at once. Good luck and good health to everyone!
Excerpt: “… Jim Bolen has learned from his association with D. Batmanghelid, M.D. on how diabetics can greatly improve their health. Jim has helped many people get rid of diabetes at no cost. Jim accepts no payment for his work.
Here is the diabetes E-mail that I sent to Rajinder in India. Diabetes is mainly a lack of water, salt, magnesium (found in dark greens) and Tryptophan, an amino acid found in eggs, beans, cottage cheese 4% (cheeses) and nuts. “
The actual webpage has a lot more information, and is available at http://www.watercure2.org/diabetes.htm
Hi Tamara, You make me smile when I read your experiences because mine have been the same! I feel the same way as you- I want to help everyone because I see the suffering that so many people go through. I know I have seen my health restored and like you, dropped about 10 lbs. I was by no means overweight but my center would never go down! I finally gave up and figured, what did I expect after 5 kids! Well, when I changed to this lifestyle, my stomach went completely flat. Also, I crave greens, salads, sea veggies, kefir. It’s amazing. And like you, my skin is baby soft now. And the sun damage on my right arm from the sun in Hawaii four years ago has completely reversed itself. When we give our body living foods, it heals itself! Makes perfect sense but in this fast-living style people have lost sight of that. Processed foods have become normal and the media just promotes it because all the profiteers are doing just that- profiting.
Did you ever check out renegadehealth.com? It’s a daily show on youtube with Kevin and Annemarie Gianni that always covers interesting subjects related to alternative health with lots of great interviews, raw recipes being made, the most recent findings on various products such as agave, msg, superfoods, etc. I think you’d like it and will learn a lot there.
Anyway, I just had to comment on your post because it is exciting to hear about your progress!Here’s to our health,Lisa
Do you want to quit being diabetic?
If yes, then do what I did to get rid of that horrible, unwanted, and man-made so-called disease, before you will become insulin-dependant.
More than three years ago, I was diagnosed diabetic class 2 by my family doctor- after he received the result of my blood test. He told me my blood glucose was around 9mmol/L and I should take medication to keep it normal. He wrote for me Metformen and I bought that and the blood tester Bayer Elite, started taking Metformen 1 tab twice a day and two blood test as well. I was worried and started testing all sorts of food items, cutting this and adding that. The glucose level staid in the morning around 6.8; 6.5; 7.5mmol/L and so on. Two years passed like this and I never managed to bring the glucose down to between 4 and 6mmol/L, although I reduced my weight to normal level as advised by my doctor. I decided to go to an Endocrinologist, a known diabetes specialist. He had my blood tested for him and found it over 7mmol/L and approved that I am diabetic class 2. I have been going to my specialist each three months with test results of different levels. This Metformen that he also said to continue, I took it regularly and irregularly fearing its side effects. Meanwhile, I have been visiting many Internet sites concerning diabetes and making copies of their suggestions and ideas for how to survive with the disease. I was confused with all the information that I was collecting and slowly started abandoning myself to this so-called diabetes type2.
Only about four months ago, amongst my fluctuating depression, I got a new hope and saw a light at the end of the tunnel. And that -after I read articles on the Internet about the types of grains and breads available on the market. Facts, like miss-labeling breads as 100% whole wheat written on its package while the content is not really . and so on, created a lot of doubt in the bread which I have been eating for years. I started questioning the round flat pita bread with its label 100% whole wheat to which I was addicted and eating three of it per day -one with each meal. Under the recent influence, I also started questioning my other food items. Immediately, I stopped buying pita bread and instead, I bought other types of bread from a store with so-called organic products and elsewhere with labels on them saying 100% whole grain. These bread being dark, harder and heavy and some of them cost more than four times the round pita bread. It was a disaster for me who was addicted to the taste of the pita bread and these new breads did not taste good with any thing that I combined them. I also introduced brown basmati rice and potatoes to my regular diet. Unfortunately, unlike European cities where all sorts of good and whole grain breads are available everywhere in all big food stores, I have to drive 6KM to another small town on the South Shore of Montreal to buy the right bread in a limited organic products' store and for a lot more – compared with European circumstances.
From the day when I started eating dark and heavy whole grain wheat bread, my blood glucose level, fasting in the morning, measured to my surprise around 5,4mmol/L and sometimes closer down to 4mmol/L. I started doubting in the results and counter-tested my blood immediately with my second tester which showed the same result or slightly lower. I could not believe all this, became excited and started talking to my surrounding and friends that I am healed and that diabetes is a big lie and a man-made disease. When I go back to the Internet sites that I was often visiting or seeking advice and see again the world of medicine in total confusion regarding diabetes type 2, I am falling automatically into the conclusion that this disease is created by the industry having manipulated the mother nature's perfect grains. And has created the so-called White Enriched Flower from which is made the bread and other confectionery products of the majority of people in North America and around the world.
I also started thinking to save my sister who is already an insulin-dependant type2 diabetic person. But that seems a very difficult thing to do, for the time being, as I have to study more and understand to what degree her pancreas is still functioning.
I am not a medical professional- only a layman. But my intuitive relation with my own body and the close consultation with my sister drive me to say that human beings are pushed into a disastrous situation where the capacity of the metabolism of the human biological machine is overwhelmingly exceeded by the over-manipulated food products; especially by the impoverished white flour combined with the excessive use of refined sugar in the confectionery products.
I don't eat, anymore, things made with white enriched flour, confectionery products, refined sugar, candies and thus I am not diabetic any longer. I eat large quantities of sweet fruits (fresh and dried ones) like apples, pears, oranges, a lot of sweet grapes and raisins, dates, figs and to my surprise maple syrup which I like so much and which I did not dare eating before my great discovery. I tested the pure maple syrup (those made in Quebec, Canada) twice and the next morning my glucose was normal. Now I use a tablespoon of it deliciously with my coffee. I am not a biochemist neither related to any maple syrup businesses of any kind, but my body says maple syrup is not a refined sugar. Once on a German health Website, I read an advice – diabetic person should not eat a lot of potatoes at once because it rapidly raises the blood sugar level. I had that in mind when I was a so-called diabetic. But now I eat as much potatoes as I like and it has no more bearing on my blood. My blood glucose level is normal everyday and every time I measure it. Do you want to see my test logbook? Only try to do what I have done and you will have your own good results and you will stop calling your self diabetic.
Before the appearance of the ''impoverished'' white flour, our mothers at home and the confectionery businesses on the market were sifting the whole intact wheat flour to get rid of some of its bran part only – in order to make it adaptable for their pastry use. But those confectionery products, then, did not drive us into diabetes type2- because the flour contained all of the rest of its natural composition. The present day poor white flour has driven us to diabetes type2- already to today's epidemic scale. What else will the industry do further to make more and more money? Is this happening inside a democratic world? No, it is happening under the circumstances of a rotten un-controllable corrupt capitalism, where it has been given sky as the limit. Does capitalism protect us? No, it does not. Did communism protect those who were claiming it was? No it did not and will not. Under the latter there was only one giant capitalist which was having everything for its self and hushing its victims. In our rotten capitalism on the contrary, we have unlimited number of capitalists on the free market who are not yet, luckily, capable of stopping us from thinking or expressing our thoughts. But they will not protect us, because their job is to make as much money as possible and that by any means possible. Whether we live, become sick or die they are ready to exploit all circumstances to make money and survive on the market. For example, take a private hospital run by one or a bunch of private owners. The best is if the hospital were full of patients whether they will be cured or die in it, it would not matter. Whatever the service provided, the most profit must be made. What if the people will be all healthy in the range of the said private hospital and there will be no more patients coming in- the hospital will go bankrupt, closed and soon out of the market.
But the industry is creating millions of patients by all sorts of manipulations in the Mother Nature's genuine products in order to make money and an order not to go out of business.
Are all the present rules, laws and millions of judges and lawyers capable of protecting us against this savage capitalism? Does the well spread and organized corruption allow anything to be changed toward the better? If we are able to look around us and see the ever-growing number of degenerated and fat human bodies barely displacing themselves – women, men and more and more children, we will understand that we cannot abandon ourselves to this kind of capitalism.
Then, in the name of God, who has given us wisdom and obligation to protect our families, and ourselves what is there that can protect us? I am convinced that only The Democracy can protect us. Now, where is The Democracy, that can protect us? That Democracy will have to be built by us, in the structure of which there will be at least three independent political parties and powerful and real opposition. From the platform of The Democracy it will not be possible to build an empire or go on wars against other peoples of this globe. And if all the peoples of this globe will be permitted and encouraged to build The Democracy by themselves and within their own culture and circumstances, then we will be all capable of defending our rights within it and be protected by it.
I wonder how many people are suffering from or dying of diabetes type 2 epidemic and its related cardio-vascular diseases, blindness, amputations. etc. per day on the world scale. And how many of those are on the verge of having their pancreas almost disabled under the impact of the impoverished white flour products and ready to become insulin-dependant.
A non-controllable capitalism drives the society toward a gradual and collective suicide in which the capitalists themselves are also victims. Only The Democracy will be capable of defining the limits and domain of free competition and be sensitive towards the importance and fragility of the Good Capitalism.
This is Merryanne from Central FL,,I agree with the above statement,,I heard a man on PBS 6 weeks back talking about the Vegan diet curing diabetes,,I listened for an hour, and he said his information came from The Chinia Study, ok, I have been doing this, no white potatoes, no white bread, no white rice, He said you can eat rye and pumpkernickel bread, but I make my own Whole wheat yeast bread,,,now I eat apples and bananas, and melons, I steam (boil) my green veggies with small amount water and sea salt, I boil in water and sea salt any dry beans I want,,I eat any low gylcemic vegtables and herbs or pepers for seasoning,,,I eat all I want, I use olive oil in making bread, I eat all plant based, and no prepred foods, I do all the cooking my self,,I have lost 8 pounds and rarely take any insulin.
I have no constipation or problems with evacuating. If I want a snack I eat an apple or banana or 1/2 a mellon,,My blood sugars when I get up are 125-140. I feel great, I have ordered the book,,I read some on line he says the plant based diet will prevent cancer, cure heart problems and diabetise. I will keep you informed. Merryanne