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Eat like a Diabetic to Lose Weight

Updated on February 28, 2014

Signs

What if you start feeling dizzy, needing to use the restroom frequently and feeling thirsty, or hungry after just eating?

Having trouble stabilizing your weight, have you lost a lot in a short space of time unintentionally or gained some rapidly.

What if the doctor, once you decide to go to them, runs a battery of tests only to come back to you to give you the diagnosis of being diabetic or pre diabetic.

What do you do then?

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Background

The doctor recommends drugs and dosage that he/she feels will be best for you. Based on what? That should be your first question?

Then they also recommended you to a registered dietitian, because you don't want to go on all those medicines needed to manage the condition.

Yet, then the doctor gives you another option, lose weight, cut out the white stuff, find a reasonable food plan and maybe you won't have to go on the dreaded medicines.

You know or have heard that prescription drugs is in the top 3 things that kill people in the medical field. The reasons vary from not taking them properly, to the patient using such toxic drugs that they are causing more harm than good.

Side effects!

My mom went through this, she'd already started battling other medical conditions and taking meds for them when she discovered that she was now a diabetic as well.

When she first started her regimen she was always feeling sicker after taking the new prescription medicine that was supposed to help her. I kept telling her that she needed to discuss it with her doctor and get them adjusted so she didn't feel so bad. Or talk to her doctor about changing them all together.

I believe it was all of the prescription drugs that she took that killed my mother prematurely. When i first visited her after her diagnosis, i was astonished at all the pills and the frequency at which she took them.

So we learned together how to help her condition, administer her meds properly (after the doctor adjusted them again) and what she could eat to aid her body's maintenance and hopefully her recovery.

We began with her diet.

My mother ate pretty well anyway, so tweaking her nutritional plan was almost non existent except maybe for the occasional hot dogs.


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Nutritional plan

Close to God foods!

Yes that means eating foods so close to their natural state that they are almost raw. Or raw. That is entirely up to you.

Then choosing organic, grass fed, out of the garden, etc, etc...

Then choosing natural sweeteners like stevia or substitute sweeteners or none at all. That means cutting out refined sugars.

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Top things to do

  • See your doctor!
  • Be honest.
  • Change nutritional / diet plan
  • Lose excess weight
  • Exercise
  • Overall health

What to remember

  • maintain a healthy weight, especially around mid section
  • exercise consistently
  • God foods, go for natural


Two types

There are two (2) types of diabetes. Too much glucose(sugar) in the blood

Type 1

  • chronic, life long disease
  • occurs at any age
  • usually diagnosed in young, younger people
  • possible hereditary
  • low or high blood sugar

Type 2

developed older or diagnosed in older people

Symptoms

  • varied according to type
  • rapid weight loss or gain
  • weakness, shaking
  • stomach pain, nausea
  • dizziness

Causes

  • not sure of exact cause,
  • suspected autoimmune, body attacks itself

Problems

if left untreated for any length of time diabetes leads to any number of traumatic and ghastly complications in the body.

  • numbness
  • amputation

Food
Exercise
What else
vegetables
cardio
limit sugar
fruit
interval
limit fast carbs / sugar
lean meats
walking
limit salt
 
 
limit prepackaged foods

Legally prescribed drugs

Know what you are taking. Research them.

Talk to your doctor. Talk to the pharmacist. Check government sites.

Track your medicine. How they make you feel. What happens when you take them. Know the side effects.

Know the proper time and way of taking them.

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Limiting packaged food stuff

Real food, means natural state.

No prepackaged foods.

Cooking or not cooking food.

No 'white' or 'non nutritious' foods, example, processed white flour, bread, sugar, and high starch veges like white potato, no skin.

Reversal

Some people have sworn to reversing the disease.

How? Through diet and exercise. They made a point to watch whatever they ate or drank. They caught the disease in time and decided to reverse the curse through better eating rather than meds.

Prescription drugs always have a side affect.

Preventative

There is a debate about whether or not diabetes is a preventative disease?

What we do know is that type 2 seems to be preventable and in some cases reversible.

Manageable

In both cases diabetes is manageable.

Through prescription drugs, diet and exercise

Or without drugs, just diet and exercise alone.

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    • Celiegirl profile imageAUTHOR

      Celiegirl 

      4 years ago

      Thanks mbasa, looking to help, and yes diabetes is scary but we can be healthy or healthier when we are proactive about our food choices.

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      Zimkhitha 

      4 years ago from South Africa

      This is very informative Celiegirl! Diabetes is scary but can be an opportunity to bounce back to a healthier self.

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