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:( I am new to all of this and I feel like crying. I was just told that I was insulin resistant. I had never heard of this. I checked it out on the web and it is real. I love eating fruit and I used to eat 2 or more from the time I woke up to about 12:00 noon. I may have to stop. I am scared. I don't have high-blood pressure but it runs in my family as well as diabetes. I have been blessed not to suffer from these. I did have a mild heart attack in 2000. Yeah, heart problems run in the family as well.
Please help me. What can I do? How should I go about this? What can I eat for my meals? Can I be helped? I started eating the "Fit for Life" way on 1 January and to be told that I can't eat too much fruit has thrown me for a loop. I have started a walking for fitness regimen, drink plenty of water, do my calisthenics each morning with weights. CanI still eat raw? I know that raw foods can help me to recover health. That is all that I want: to be healthy. Is this too much to ask?
01-23-2006, 11:42 AM
Leek, although I am no expert, I know I read that if you are diabetic and want to eat fruit to eat protein such as nuts, seeds, etc. with the fruit.
You sound so frantic that I feel so badly for you. If you really want to get some great information that will get you healthy, then you should purchase Alissa's book. It is worth every dime. She explains, in plain english, how to go raw and has some of the best recipes i've ever had. It will truly help you to put it all into perspective.
Good luck and let me know how you are doing!
Thank you so very much for answering me. I shall try eating nuts with my fruit. I just don't want to develop diabetes or high-blood pressure. I have been blessed by G-d NOT to have these things so far but I can't keep pressing my luck. I shall try Alissa's book. I have to save up the money for it but I am determined to get my health back. Again, thank you, Rawma!
01-23-2006, 01:02 PM
But aren't low-glycemic fruits ok to eat? Pears and apples are quite low in sugars are they not?
01-23-2006, 03:45 PM
More accurate than glycemic index is looking at the glycemic load of different foods. THer glycemic load also takes into account how much of a certain food you can eat. I havn't looked into it very much so that's about as much as I know, but your local library might have a book on it.
I am insulin dependent. Stay away from too many bananas and mangos. You can eat them, just sparingly.
Eat blueberries, strawberries, grapefruit and lots of greens. Avocado is good for you, too.
Thank you so much for this information. I didn't know about those particular fruit being bad for diabetics and pre-diabetics! If you have any other tips please pass them along. Diabetes runs in my family and even though I'm eating raw, I want to keep family history in mind.
01-23-2006, 04:35 PM
Here, this might help you. Also, research coconut oil on google. I believe it helps the onset on diabetes.
My raw vegan doctor produced a cd called "should you cook your food". You can download and listen to it on the internet. He said if there are doubters that are giving you trouble about being raw, this should take care of it. It is a scientifically based cd. There is a testimonial there on his website from a guy that recovered from diabetes and a heart attack by going raw.
Download it and listen to it for free here: http://www.ecopolitan.com/cook
His website is www.ecopolitan.com
Search for "Dr.T". and you can email him or call the restaraunt at 612-87-GREEN
Thank you! I love bananas and I was eating them a lot. Now, I'll get blueberries, strawberries and grapefruit. I love avocados and greens. What about wheatgrass as a drink? You know, the nutritionist kept asking me about meat eating and milk products. She kept saying to me that I may have to give up eating raw and that it was going to be too hard to keep up. I am now feeling that she may have been against raw foods living. What do you think? I am glad for her help but that is kind of a put-down on raw foods. I have read about people going on a raw foods diet and losing their use of insulin or not getting the disease at all. Am I right about this? Did I read it correctly?
You know, she, the nutritionist, wasn't too keen on a raw foods diet. She kept asking me about meat and milk products. I am going to continue to eat raw. I believe in what Genesis 1:29 states and since G-d made our bodies, He should know what is good for us. I believe that eating raw is going to help me. I really do. All of you have been a support to me. Thank you all.
Chromium (I believe wheatgerm is one good source, but don't hold me to that, coz it's only from memory ;)) is known to support insulin response. Also, take it easy on the fats (but don't avoid them entirely) as these, in excess, can impede insulin response. Ensure you are ingesting a good balance of minerals (esp. zinc) as there are many synergystic mechanisms involving a multitude of minerals and trace minerals, that interact with the body's functions.
Greens are excellent sources of minerals and they are also good for keeping you on an even keel, not least from the perspective of moderating fructose cravings. Please don't underestimate the balancing and 'grounding' ability of greens, provided you consume enough of them.
In terms of sources of additional information,
Dr. Doug Graham, a friend of Alissa's, is a prominent raw fooder with some expertise in dietary influences on insulin response. You might like to contact him at www.Doctorgraham.cc
Also, although he is not specifically 'raw' in philosophy, I highly recommend checking out Dr. Joel Fuhrman (a world-renowned cardiologist from NY). He has an extremely level-headed approach to nutrition and may give you some helpful pointers. I should add that he is enthusiastic about high-raw plant-based diet, hence my mentioning him here.
There's a lot more surrounding this subject, but that's all I can bring to mind at present - I'll post again if I think of, or come across anything, more.
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