Sunday, September 20, 2020

Veganism & My Diabetes: What I’ve Learned!

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Having diabetes, I quickly learned what got my blood sugar in trouble. STRESS. Any kind of stress really, being sick, a hard day at work, personal drama. Whatever the stress was, it had my blood sugar up and through the roof in no time. Same thing with weight loss… the more stressed I was the harder it was to lose weight.

Our bodies don’t handle stresses very well, this includes the foods we put into our bodies. Simply put, some foods stress our bodies out, and some don’t. Meat and dairy products are hard for the body to digest, they stress out various organs, and that stress can lead to things like greater insulin resistance, higher blood sugar, heart trouble and weight gain. Before you jump up and say “What about athletes and those people on the biggest loser! They eat meat and they are losing weight!

Right, and look how much they are working out. The only reason it’s working for them is because they are spending hours on end making sure they can metabolize all of that stress they are putting on their body. Incidentally, there are TONS of athletes that are completely vegan, it is recommended by many hard core athletes!

If you do not have the luxury of a great metabolism, have insulin resistance (which if you are unsure if you are insulin resistance, look down at your belly, got some belly? you’ve more than likely have insulin resistance – which leads to all sorts of issues, including diabetes and contributes in the growth of cancers). So you could keep eating meat and dairy, and you could take your chances, but why do that to your body? The reason I was able to get off of all my meds? I stopped stressing out my body. All of that processed crap that you consume? Not good for the body, your body hates it. All of that meat and dairy? Our bodies just weren’t set up to digest that kind of food source. And if you don’t believe me on that, check out how our intestines differ from carnivores, or our stomach acidity. And if you really don’t believe me? Try going on a plant based diet for a few weeks to see what happens. Plants, fruits, whole grains all move through and digest much more easily through our bodies. Without getting into the gross details, lets just say if you aren’t in the bathroom at least a couple times per day for several minutes, your body is not doing what it is supposed to do. All of that processed food, meats and dairy stay in your system a lot longer than plants, fruits and grains, and don’t stress out your body in the ways that animal products do.

I could get into this a lot more. I could get into how much processing it takes to get a hamburger or that slice of cheese on your burger to get into your stomach. Trust me, some of it is stuff that completely shocked me, and as I continue writing I will get into all of that more and more. But for now, if you wanted an easy answer to why it works, going on a plant based diet is far less stressful to your body than being on an animal based diet.

If you want to really get a good scientific idea of all of this, go and read about “The China Study” and learn all about it! It’s fascinating.

For example:

You don’t need to eat meat. “There are virtually no nutrients in animal-based foods that are not better provided by plants,” the authors say. Protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals—you name it, they’ve got it, along with major health benefits.

3 COMMENTS

  1. jen

    This morning on the news it was reported the American Diabetes Association (which I’m not a big fan of for a ton of reasons) and a group of important doctors announced that the only accurate testing for diabetes is an A1C test. This should have resulted in a collective “well duh”. The A1C test has been around for 30 years, yet doctors acrross the country continue to use old school fasting and sugar tests to determine if someone is diabeteic. It’s not nearly as accurate to have any other kind of test done. And if you had a test besides an A1C test done and they told you that you don’t or do have diabetes, demand to have an A1C test done.

    The test measures your blood sugar levels average over 2-3 months, and it’s a simple blood test. If that number is above 6.5, that’s when you need to start worrying. I can’t stress the importance of diabetes testing enough. Diabetes stays silent (with a few annoying side effects) for a really long time before it gets really bad. If you have belly fat you need to be tested – that simple, no matter how old or young you are. If you are over 45, even if you are of a healthy body weight, you should make A1C testing part of your yearly tests. And of course if you have any symptoms that seem weird – it’s a good test to take to rule it out, or to determine if that is what is causing some of the health issues you might have.

    All of this to say, get your A1C tested, it’s not something to mess around with!

  2. Alex

    Great post again!
    Talking about athletes, you should check out the following book: “The Thrive diet” by Brendan Brazier. He is a young ironman athlete from Vancouver, BC.

    Alex

Nat
I went on a plant based diet after diabetes almost took my life. Now, almost 2 years later not only have I reduced my type 2 diabetes symptoms, I have lost close to 200 pounds (and still losing). This is a place where I write about my journey as I continue the quest for health, and living a good life for today, and long into the future. Get hold of me on nat@cleanseplan.com

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