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How To Reverse Diabetes And Other Illnesses Naturally

Updated on January 16, 2015

My Journey to Learn How to Prevent and Reverse Stuff Like Diabetes and Heart Issues and Other Nasties Naturally

I looked in the mirror lately, and was disgusted at what I saw. I no longer saw the fit, vibrant ultra-healthy person I had once been.

Instead, I saw someone who was bordering on depressed, was tired all the time, overweight, and tied to a few nasty habits, and probably soon to follow in my dad's footsteps (he has type 2 diabetes and suffered a stroke last year).

This is NOT what I want the next part of my life to be like.

I've always thought I ate really healthfully, and up until a few years ago, I was very active.

Since working at home on the computer all day (starting in about 2007), I've done little. I had a scare this last winter when I developed phlebitis behind my right knee, and subsequently had to have a leg vein lasered shut from ankle to groin. 6 months later, my lower leg is still numb, and it still hurts to touch it in certain places. (I wrote about this at my Self Development blog a few months ago)

I've always enjoyed learning about alternative health and wellness, so now it's time to put this into action and become the vibrant, happy, healthy person I am meant to be.

Hence this article, which I hope will help inspire others as well. We'll talk about the basics of what is diabetes, what can diabetics eat (consult your doctor first!!!), what foods to avoid with diabetes (no-brainer), the movie Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, my thoughts on reversing diabetes naturally (with some info from experts I admire), and my own journey back to vibrant health

I Just Made This Video: Risk Factors for Diabetes - And, oh yeah... I've got some of those factors...

I'm not trying to be a fear monger here, but the more research I do, the more I feel I need to act, and act now! I actually just made this video (I really LOVE making Youtube videos!), and am sharing my quick results here...

My ankle AFTER most of the swelling went down - you can see the puncture from the opening where they did the laser thing
My ankle AFTER most of the swelling went down - you can see the puncture from the opening where they did the laser thing

I Honestly Don't Even Know if I HAVE Diabetes

But I'm certainly showing signs of heading that way...

I won't tell you how I feel I'm on my way. Let's just say that I don't want to go there.

It's not even "just" diabetes that I don't want to experience. After the 'vein thing" as I call it, I realized that I needed to move away from the computer and start getting regular exercise. (see the photo of my ankle a couple of weeks after I had the "vein thing" - it was still swollen. If you click the photo, you can read about my thoughts on that...)

By the way - it is currently 6 months after that "vein thing" and my leg is still numb, and extremely sensitive to the touch. Better than letting a clot run around though...

As of this writing, I'm walking nearly every day, and incorporating a little "jogging" into the routine - in intervals, just to break it up and get the heart pumping a little bit more than it does when I'm just walking.

A lot of the things in many Americans' lifestyles in general point to developing not only diabetes, but heart disease and other cruddy dis-eases as well.

Because of my personal beliefs, I truly do believe that most of these things can be prevented - or reversed, if we're already manifesting them. I honestly do believe this.

I know that much of my own beliefs fly in the face of conventional medicine, but I'm not really concerned about that. This is more-or-less my own ramblings, my own feelings, and kind of a "journal," if you will, about my own path.

I'm hoping to log some of what I'm learning and doing here. So, this little article will be ongoing for a while as I begin to sort things out.

What IS Diabetes?

In the simplest terms, diabetes (aka diabetes mellitus) is a condition where the body is unable to make and use insulin properly. Insulin is a hormone that is produced by the pancreas. Insulin's job is to to help the body turn food into energy. Here is a link to a website that can explain the important role of insulin in our bodies - Source: Endocrineweb Endocrineweb - Explanation about Insulin

Fat Sick and Nearly Dead DVD
Fat Sick and Nearly Dead DVD

I need to start with a movie I watched the other day...

"Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead"

This movie is extremely well-done. A filmmaker from Australia named Joe Cross went on a journey to heal himself of Uticaria (an autoimmune disorder that manifests itself in nasty hives), and obesity. Under the supervision of Dr. Joel Fuhrman (who is AMAZING!), Joe embarks on a 60-day juice fast.

While he's on his fast, he travels throughout the US meeting and talking with a bunch of different people about what he's doing. While he's in Arizona, he meets a guy named Phil Staples, who is struggling with morbid obesity and Uticaria - the same condition that Joe has.

One thing leads to another - and Phil jumps on the bandwagon.

After juice fasting, the primary lifestyle change is that they go from eating "regular" or "Standard American Diet" foods to a plant-based diet.

Long story short - peoples' lives are changed. They inspire thousands of others. Including me.

The movie is exceptionally well-done, and is very educational as well. I thought I knew a lot about healthy eating, but I found myself quite surprised at how much more I learned.

Ok, so I'm not saying I'm going to go on a 60-day juice fast (or "juice feast" as some teachers call it) - but I do love making juice.

And, in another book I just picked up - an e-book by Matt Traverso called "Reverse Diabetes Now!" he talks a lot about the information that I picked up in "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead." And some of the things Matt talks about is Dr. Robert O Young's recommendations (including a 14-day liquid "feast").

So, I'll be talking about my own experience (if I decide to do the juice fast as part of my "lifestyle cleanup").

More about this inspiring movie

If you can't find a copy of Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead at your local RedBox, you can get it at Amazon - either the DVD or even the download.

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

It's the kind of movie that will inspire you to buy a juicer. That's all I can say! :)

 

Have You Ever Juiced?

Whether it was to reverse or prevent an illness or just for general well-being, is this something you've ever done?

Have you, or would you, ever juiced?

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Veggies for Juice
Veggies for Juice

Juicing Can Be Fun!

(uh huh... I'll keep telling myself that!)

Ok, so I dug out this old Jack LaLanne juicer and began putting it to work. I also have a VitaMix that I use a lot for my smoothies and other recipes.

But for now, I just want to give my cells a kick in the butt as I begin making certain changes. Tonight, at "cocktail hour" we will be enjoying a big ol' glass of this! (see picture)

I decided to go with some Kale, carrot, celery, ginger, and tomato in this batch, just to see how I like it.

I did NOT put the Vitamineral Greens into this batch - I'll use that for my chia/greens/turmeric/pepper mix later today.

The sprouted almonds are raw and unpasteurized, which I get from Briden Wilson Farm in California (in the US, you can't buy unpasteurized almonds in the store - you can get them directly from the grower though). I will eat the almonds AFTER drinking the juice today...

And here's the juice!
And here's the juice!

Here's what the Juice Looked like...

It tastes better than it looks!

So, it took me a little while to get the hang of the juicer - In the movie "Fat Sick and Nearly Dead" Joe and, later, Phil, use a Breville. Right now, I'll use what I have. Once the household finances improve a little, I may splurge on the Breville, because it really does look like a nice model. They have one that has a smoothie function as well, which would be nice.

You saw all the veggies in the photo above - they made about 12+ ounces of juice.

It honestly was delicious!

As I write this, I drank the juice about 2 hours ago, and followed it up with about 20 sprouted almonds.

It's now 12:00 noon, and I have to tell you... it may be coincidence, but I'm feeling VERY focused, no jitters, and ready to head out for a walk!

Hmmm... Interesting, to be sure.

This is the Breville Juicer I Want!

As much as my old Jack LaLanne juicer is working pretty well as an extractor, I would like to upgrade to this cool Breville "Juice and Blend" model. Best of both worlds! :) (But, I still love my Vitamix, and won't give that baby up!)

Breville BJB840XL Juice and Blend Dual-Purpose Juicer and Blender
Breville BJB840XL Juice and Blend Dual-Purpose Juicer and Blender

I would like to have an appliance where I can CHOOSE - either juice (that is, extract) or blend. This looks like the one!

 
Coffee and Pastry - From Microsoft Clipart
Coffee and Pastry - From Microsoft Clipart

So what are some foods to AVOID with Diabetes?

You probably already know most of this!

And it's not just what people with DIABETES should avoid eating, but really... once you see the list, you'll instantly recognize that most of this stuff just isn't really good for us no matter WHAT we're trying to heal from...

I know that people will argue that this, that or the other thing is fine - and I'm gonna go with you on that with the added "In Moderation." The problem seems to be, however, that most folks struggling with weight or chronic illness probably are NOT eating this stuff "in moderation."

Including yours truly. Again, I'll add info as my own journey progresses, but here's the "short list" (Got a lot of this from Matt Traverso's book, Reverse Diabetes Now!" - You can read a little more detail about the details of this list if you want at this site about reversing diabetes website.

=> Fast Food - You name it!

=> Meat

=> Sugar (this includes that ever-present "high fructose corn syrup")

=> Alcohol

=> Caffeine

=> Processed Fats

=> Milk

=> White Flour

Yummy! Tabouli
Yummy! Tabouli

What CAN Diabetics Eat?

Or... Perhaps I should say, what can and SHOULD we ALL be Eating??

By now, if we humans haven't gotten the picture yet, well...

Ok. We KNOW what we should avoid. We KNOW we should be eating dark leafy greens!

We KNOW all this.

Then why do we not do it?

One thing I learned in the movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead was that there are "micronutrients" (found in plant-based foods) - and which are the foods that we must have to maintain good health right down to the cellular level, and "macronutrients" - which is everything else.

So, where do we get these micronutrients?

=> Dark leafy greens

=> Fruits

=> Legumes

=> Sprouted seeds and nuts

One of the things that Matt Traverso emphasizes is that if our body is 70% water, and our brains are 80% water, doesn't it make sense that 70-80% of our diets should be live, high-water content foods?

Instead, most people's diets (mine included) has typically been 60% meat/dairy/animal based, with a small percentage of live and vibrant foods.

Well, again, I just wanted to get this article up and running. It's by no means completed! It's going to be on going.

For now, however, I've been sitting at this computer for 5 hours, and it's time to get outside and take a walk.

(Incidentally, it's now 1:00 pm, and I'm still energized from my earlier juice and almonds). :)

I Made THIS Video about a REALLY Yummy and Healthy Cabbage & Noodle Salad - Try this... You may be surprised at how wonderful this is!

As you know, if you're a reader of either my website about managing type 2 diabetes without drugs or my Self Development and Healthy Living Tips Blog, you know that I've been working to go more "plant based" in my diet. I made this particular video demonstrating how to make a really nice cabbage salad. If you're going gluten free, just use gluten free noodles - or omit them entirely! Either way, this is wonderful!

I've been having this morning lemon and orange juice for years! This blog section explains more...
I've been having this morning lemon and orange juice for years! This blog section explains more...

Preparing To Heal...

Today's Progress

Today is Sunday, July 15, 2012. For the last few days I've been getting pretty amped up about improving my general state of well-being.

I think I already mentioned that I've always thought I've eaten healthfully - but I can tell you this: After watching Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and reading that book by Matt Traverso, I have a long way to go.

Exercise

It was far too hot and muggy for me to take a walk today - so I stayed home, puttered a little in the yard. That's about it for physical exercise.

Foods Eaten

For the last few days, in preparation for a major overhaul, I've been juicing and eating primarily vegetarian meals, with the exception of dinner. Tomorrow will be entirely vegetarian.

Poisons

Today, I had only one cup of tea this morning. I'm working on weaning myself off caffeine now so that I don't have headaches when I begin a full-fledged program.

As for alcohol... well, not doing so well on that right now. This week will see less wine however! :)

Juicing and Juicer Issues

Every morning for many years, we have begun our day w/ a large glass of freshly squeezed lemon and orange juice in water. I'm going to keep that up!

I juiced a bunch of veggies like I did the other day. Then, I took all the fibrous material left over from juicing and boiled it into a broth, and drank that throughout the day w/ cayenne for flavor.

The Jack LaLanne juicer is... well... unsatisfactory to me. It took too long to juice this morning, and the food kept getting jammed. It's all I have for now, besides my VitaMix and small mini-blender. But, I'm beginning to look at the Breville, and will be looking at some reviews as well.

So, I used the small mini-blender to grind up the kale and a whole apple, and used the carrot/cucumber/celery/tomato juice from the juicer for the liquid. It was surprisingly delicious! I followe that with some raw, sprouted almonds, and a handful of pumpkin seeds.

How I'm Feeling Overall

I felt a little lightheaded for a while, but have stabilized.

Blood Pressure... Yikes!

Finally, yesterday, I was at a Wal-Mart, and saw their blood pressure machine. I took my blood pressure and nearly passed out. It was high. Very high, according to that machine. Even John's was a bit high (and he is thin as a rail).

This was VERY disturbing to me.

Anyway, I just wanted to post my update. I'll be back with more!

Newest Update: 2/15/13

I've learned a lot in the last few months, and will be writing more on this topic. But, to make it short for now, I have cut out all wheat and almost all grains.

Hard to explain it all in this note, but I wrote a LONG entry about it at my website.

See the info in the next paragraph, below...

Yes! I made this wheat-free PIZZA!
Yes! I made this wheat-free PIZZA!

This is written 2/15/13 - I Am Going WHEAT FREE

I'm keeping the info from September 2012 for reference...

I very nearly removed the section below dated from September 2012, but decided to keep it for now, for reference.

For the last few months, I really haven't made much progress, despite my efforts (rather feeble efforts, admittedly).

However, I want to mention something that I honestly feel is turning things around for me. I wrote a VERY long post on this over at the primary website, but in a nutshell, I'll tell you that I have decided to be WHEAT FREE.

I'm not talking merely "GLUTEN FREE" but WHEAT FREE - and also, for the most part, GRAIN FREE.

It honestly isn't just about the Gluten, which you'll see. In my research for something completely unrelated, I came upon a preventive cardiologist by the name of Dr. William Davis who wrote a ground-breaking book called Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health. If what he says doesn't knock your socks off about what you thought about "healthy whole grains" I don't know what will.

In the same week I discovered Dr. Davis and his work, I also discovered Maria Emmerich, who also lives a wheat-free life. She takes it further, and consumes NO grain at all.

For this particular update, I will just say that I have not had any wheat at all for over 3 weeks. I have cut back on nearly all fruits - still drinking my lemon water. I'm still using (daily) my Vitamineral Greens, but have cut out the apples in my smoothies (way too much sugar in them). I have plenty of protein and veggies.

I've been thoroughly enjoying this process, and am happy to report that my energy levels are very stable, I'm more active, and one thing that REALLY is noticeable is that I don't feel the need to nap as much.

My dad is coming for a visit in a few weeks, and I'm going to test my blood sugar with his glucometer. It'll be interesting to see where I am.

Anyway, Sorry for this rather disjointed update - I need to get back to work, but I really wanted to mention this as a factor that I'm 100% convinced has a LOT to do with the things that ail us. I'll put an intro video about Dr. Davis below this section, and am also asking you to see what I wrote at this post: My Post About Going Wheat Free

PS: By the way... See that photo of pizza? I made that! It's totally wheat and grain free!! And ya know what? It was GOOD! (Photo by Kathy Tremblay... that would be me.)

Introducing Dr. William Davis

Please watch this short video introducing the idea that wheat is NOT healthy... I read the book last week, and have made the decision that I'm DONE with wheat.

Update - 9/13/12 - 1 Step Backwards, and What I'm Doing to Make Progress - So, turns out that if I eat pasta at lunch, I crash.

I don't like to waste leftovers. The other night, both John & I worked late, and needed a FAST dinner. John works VERY hard all day - up & down ladders for 10 hours that day. So, he needed a big meal. I had frozen spinach ravioli in the freezer, and a jar of a fairly high-quality spaghetti sauce. Easy enough...

So, we ate that, and had a fairly early night of it. It didn't occur to me that this would have a "sleepy" effect on me. Today, I needed to have some lunch, and hadn't had much in the way of juice - just an 8-ounce glass of kale smoothie.

I heated up some of the leftover ravioli. Felt fine for ... about 5 minutes. I seriously crashed. Like, to the point where I needed to lay down and take a nap. I am NOT pleased. I wasted a LOT of time because of that today! Like, nearly 3 hours!

I realized after I rallied, that this was the FIRST time in weeks where I've felt so tired after eating. SO... what did I do?

Immediately, I went into the kitchen and mixed up a quart of Vitamineral Greens for myself, and brought it back upstairs to the office.

I'm feeling a lot better - but am still disgusted with myself for losing so much time today.

Wine - Image Royalty Free Clip Art
Wine - Image Royalty Free Clip Art

Fessing up about the REST of the Story

So what ELSE plays a factor in this?

Thanks to fellow writer from another site who left me a really encouraging comment, I am reminded to mention something else about this journey - and that's the importance of really watching carbohydrate intake.

I knew enough to keep the overall carb count low, I hadn't known about how to best calculate them (total Carbs minus fiber content = the "net" carb load) - but now it's becoming more and more natural to look at that. When I learned that 4 grams of carb was the rough equivalent of about a teaspoon of sugar in the bloodstream, that was an eye-opener (got that tidbit from Maria Emmerich's book Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism).

One thing I'm noticing is more energy and less daytime fatigue. That's a biggie right there. I was also always very thin until about 10 years ago. Looking back, I can now begin to see where some of that excess weight "snuck up" on me - so I'm encouraged to see it beginning to fall away.

But it's time to 'fess up folks.

Red wine has been a big issue for me - I have drank way too much (honestly? I just really LIKE it!) - which is not just unhealthy, but the effects on blood sugar and weight (not to mention overall health and life) are undeniable. Reading Maria Emmerich's take on alcohol was enough to convince me.

Yeah, yeah... I've been writing about alcohol, and how it is not good for anyone wanting to heal themselves from one nasty thing or another - whether it's diabetes, high blood pressure, or anything else.

KNOWING something is one thing... TAKING ACTION on it is another thing entirely.

Yes, I am aware about "all things in moderation;" however, in my case? There really has been no REAL "moderation" in quite a long time. SO... I decided to go 100% without for 30 days to see if I can notice any discernible changes. No "moderation." Pure & simply, NONE.

Well, it's been 8 days, and the great feeling I have is awesome - not a whole lot of impact on the excess weight yet, but I am thinking that there will be. I just feel great!

I had forgotten how good it feels to feel so good.

Image: Royalty Free Clip Art

So there you have it. I've bared my entire life before all of you!

More updates as they come...

These are the books I purchased that have now changed my life. - I feel so much better, I truly can scarcely explain it all...

I do believe that it was "time" for me to take solid, real, no-holds-barred action on my life. I still feel like a kid, but the fact is, I just can't ignore what appears to me to be sound science. I'm not superstitious, and I'm not a "fad" type of person. In fact, the last real "fad" I followed was hot pants and tube tops in the 1970s. (No... please... don't try to picture it. It isn't pretty...)

So, here we have it guys. Between the movies I watched, the other wonderful changes I've been incorporating (juicing - although I've since cut out the "sweet" stuff out of my juices - e.g. less carrot), and less of everything else that's just nasty, these books were the straw that made the camel sit down (I don't like the image of breaking a poor animal's back, so let's just say the camel sat down...)

Please consider reading them. They could change your life. They are certainly changing mine. Quick word about Maria's books - they are self-published by Maria and her husband on a budget, so you may find some small typos or grammar errors since they weren't edited in some large publishing house - but please don't let that get in your way. The information is fabulous.

"Failure Notification"

It is August 2014, and I just was going through this page to update, and have to say it is time for me to watch Joe Cross' movie again - I've faltered, and need to re-motivate and re-invigorate. I have been eating too much wheat-based stuff (living in Florida in the winter where there are hundreds of restaurants is too tempting for me, I guess...), and... well, let's just leave it at that. I can feel the effects of my "relapse" profoundly. Hopefully soon I can give you a better update.

Another Health and Fitness Related Site! - This video is to introduce the site

I made this short video to introduce another one of my websites, a Total Fitness, Health and Wellness site - hope you'll stop by!

If you've been on any kind of personal journey yourself and would like to share some pointers - or just want to wish me luck, please sign my guestbook! :)

Thanks for stopping by my Journey! :)

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      Lots of great health info here. Thanks for sharing!

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      Donna Cook 3 years ago

      Terrifically honest lens! I have most of the risk factors also. My big change was getting a dog two months ago. We walk 1-2 miles everyday. I hope to hiking 3-4 miles in the foothills near Denver by September. I've lost weight and hope the exercise will also reduce my cholesterol and depress my appetite.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      I am beginning to juice and am getting ready to wheat free very soon. I agree with most of what you say. I will say that there are disagreements even among the wonderful wise people you quoted. Some allow for meat and caffeine for instance, and I have heard juicing criticized. I do think the proof is in the pudding - so to speak. I go by what kinds of foods make me feel best.

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      Judy Filarecki 4 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      I started following Dr. Davis's Wheatbelly cookbook 6 month ago and will never go back. I feel so great, sugar is under control, inflammation is way down, blood pressure is normal and I eat better than I ever have including great treats that I make with nut flours. I make everything from scratch and never knew how good things can taste until now.

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      Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Great Lens! Awesome to see that you are embarking on a journey of good health. Many people these days when they think of health think of pills and medications, not food. I began my journey in 2006 when I was 20 kilograms heavier than now, a meat and dairy eater, large alcohol consumer and massive grain consumer. Ever meal I had consisted of grains pretty much. These days I have green smoothies for breakfast instead of toast and coffee and those keep me going for hours as they are generally about 2 litres. I then also make sure to have lots of other fruits and greens throughout the rest of the day as well, also being sure to rotate these so that I get lots of different nutrients. Green powders and rice protein powders are also big in my diet. Before i embarked on this course, I thought I was pretty fit and healthy, but then after changing my diet, little niggling issues that I had put up with my whole life just disappeared. Constipation, sinus blockage, head colds, heartburn and others would regularly show up in my life and I thought they were normal. But they were just side effects of eating poorly. A friend of mine cured himself of Type 2 Diabetes through diet, Google him if you have not heard of him already, Sergei Boutenko. He is doing great things in the world of health along with his mother and sister too.

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      Pat Goltz 4 years ago

      @writerkath: Be careful of the hemp. I don't trust it. I am allergic to cannabis.

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      Pat Goltz 4 years ago

      @writerkath: Wine is supposed to be one of the secrets that keeps the French healthy and lean. Try taking Resveratrol instead of drinking red wine. Red wine has antioxidants, but to get enough would take a lot of drinking.

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      Pat Goltz 4 years ago

      @theallin1writer: Chocolate is actually loaded with antioxidants. The problem is that it is bitter, so most people need some sweetening. There are companies that make chocolate that is really delicious (though expensive) that includes sweetening that isn't a problem. Try Gnosis Chocolates online. Agave syrup would be a no-no, but stevia and palm sugar should be OK.

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      Good for you! I was delighted to see Dr. Fuhrman mentioned here, as I have for a couple of weeks been reading his Eat to Live book and applying it about 90% daily. As long as I stick with the raw vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, and such I feel great and energetic physically and mentally; as soon as I eat something - like that hamburger the other night - all I want to do is sleep!

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      Pat Goltz 4 years ago

      @NibsyNell: Turns out sugar is addicting, BUT if you discipline yourself not to eat any for three weeks, you will lose the craving, AND have more energy. Most people think it will be a problem forever. But I think most people can refrain from anything for three weeks and see what happens.

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      Pat Goltz 4 years ago

      I have to eat meat for medical reasons. Meat is OK for diabetics. The important thing is to try to get healthy meat. Milk is also OK, though if you can get it raw, that's infinitely better. If you don't get animal protein, you will develop a lot of deficiencies and get very sick. I'm nearly 70, and I am quite far away from being diabetic (I have a good "fasting" blood sugar after I have eaten). I agree with you totally about wheat, though. And fruit is good, once you have your weight down to a good point. I eat fruit anyway, particularly for the anti-oxidants. Whatever you do, never take statins. They give people diabetes. I think that's probably what one of my family members did. She's six years younger than I, and she has diabetes. She takes a ton of drugs, and I can't talk her out of it. It scares the living daylights out of me that she does this. She went on the Atkins diet (minus the artificial sweeteners) and started losing weight...until she went back on statins. Now she's at a standstill. I hike and bird, and until recently, practiced taekwondo (and hope to get back to it). Your poll didn't offer the right answer for me. I used to juice, until my juicer broke. Now I buy fresh juice at Trader Joe's (organic carrot juice in particular).

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      Thank you thank you thank you. I could be reading about myself. Just like you I have always tried to look after myself, people who have had parents with illnesses generally do I think as we see the pain they go through day in, day out. However, just like you I used to exercise much more and I guess with advancing age and that uber helpful technology, the internet and computers I have become far more sedentry and I hate it but love the techno side. We're not robots though so our body will let us down if we don't look after it. I've read this article at completely the right time as just over the last few months I've started to feel more tired, not energetic and sluggish. Overhaul time in a big way. I can totally recommend fruit teas and green tea. I've never been a big coffee drinker but try the herbal teas. There's a massive selection and they taste so much better than they did many years ago. I can also recommend keeping a food diary. Good luck with the fitter healthier you and I hope your leg gets better very soon xx

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      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      I believe in the natural approach. Love this!

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

      Wow, that was a fantastic lens! Thanks so much for sharing all of this. So, veggies is a big key? Do they have to be juiced, or does it matter, do you think? I'm assuming raw is better than cooked, though.

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      @Loretta L: I am so glad to hear from you! Glad, also that you are making progress too! :) Let's just keep up our momentum... one day at a time! Hope you're feeling good!

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Congratulations for sharing this personal story. I admire your candor and courage. The information here could help many. One key, which you must know, is to watch the amount of carbs being eaten. I'm trying to eat less than 50 gm of carbs in each meal. As a result, I've lost five pounds during the past month. Although I'm already "thin" I want to weigh less because it's healthier.

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      Hello there. How's the new regime going? I don't juice - too much raw anything upsets my stomach, but I am very gluten and wheat intolerant (though I would never cut out whole grains and I do eat gluten/wheat free bread produce, my local supermarket does wonderful wheat/gluten free ciabatta rolls, yum!) I also have ME so have to take things boringly easy, but, like you I just started a new exercise regime. Well, I've been working on doing it for ages, but if I get in too much pain I have to stop! I got an exercise bike and I'm now up to 70 cycles! Doesn't sound much huh? But it's great for me! And bicep curls, with cans of whatever as dumb bells! Slowly, slowly, I will get there. (But not when I'm practising walking in those heels haha) So all the best with your healthy eating and exercise regime. Hope it goes well, hope mine does too. (Ps I also try to do a good walk twice a week)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @NibsyNell: Hopefully I'll have a positive update soon!

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      NibsyNell 5 years ago

      Thank you for writing about this. I'm seriously worried I'm heading for early diabetes as I seem to live off of sugar and am always feeling exhausted. I'm definitely gonna give the juicing a go now and see if I'm any more energised. :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @lesliesinclair: Thanks! I'm looking forward to reporting back with a more upbeat update soon...

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      Looks like you've got the motivation down pat! Way to go!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @termit_bronx: Just finished a kale, celery, tomato, carrot, and beet drink. Amazing!

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      termit_bronx 5 years ago

      "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" is such a great documentary. But I drink green smoothies and juices for a long time now. I love them :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @OrlandoTipster: Thank you! I'm working on it. Just a few nasty habits to shed and I'll be in better shape...

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      OrlandoTipster 5 years ago

      I'm on the same journey.

      After awhile you don't miss the forbidden food.

      Stay the course!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @theallin1writer: For me, it's not as much the sweets (aka CHOCOLATE, which I, too, love) as much as it is for other unhealthy habits. I'm working on it, but have a long way to go.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Spiderlily321: You are welcome! Hope to have better reports in the upcoming weeks and months!

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      Wow there's a lot of great info here and tips. Thanks for sharing your journey!

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      theallin1writer 5 years ago

      I have also been advised by a doctor that I am heading the diabetic route. It is tough when you are a chocolate addict to be told you should slow down to the point of almost "no sweet stuff for you Missy." Trying hard every day to resist the temptations!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Ruthi: So, it's not just me! I've really just begun delving into all this info... It makes so much sense. I'm still disgusted with myself for letting myself go this long.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @David Stone1: Thanks Dave! Your encouragement helps a lot. Sometimes I don't feel so strong!

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      David Stone 5 years ago from New York City

      Congratulations on your strong spirit and determination. Nice to see that you love yourself enough to get it done. Stay with it.

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      I have been eating a lot more fruits and salads, going to yoga at least twice a week, starting to walk and work in the yard again since the weather is not so hot and humid, going to start doing tai chi also once a week. Still have a lot more t do and about 40 pounds to get off.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @sweetstickyrainbo: You got it! :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @CreativeGal: I didn't know that about the fragrances! VERY interesting! Thank you so much for that info!

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      CreativeGal 5 years ago

      An important consideration for diabetes: no fragrances of any kind - soaps, cosmetics, aromatherapy -- etc.

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      sweetstickyrainbo 5 years ago

      there is no minimum daily requirement for refined sugar

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @rawwwwwws lm: Thanks Rosemarie! Glad you enjoyed this!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @LynetteBell: You're very welcome!

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Thanks for sharing

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing, on my mom side my grandmother had diabetes, however now since there is more awareness, high blood is the issue. Thanks for sharing great to know, appreciate it!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @irminia: Thank you! I wish I had someone to exercise and keep company with too... My hubby walks with me when he can, but he works so hard physically, and long hours too... When we're down south for the winter, it's a little easier for me since I don't mind walking alone on the beach.

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      irminia 5 years ago

      I admire every effort that one does for better health. Thank you for charing all this information. Regular exercising is an exceptional big step - someone to keep good company works best for me,

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Diana Wenzel: You are totally inspiring me!! There are 2 big things for me at this point: more exercise, and less wine. Seriously - I think those are the 2 things I need to work on most. Got the smoothies and tons of great veggies... So, now to take those next steps.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      You go, girl! Like you, a while back I looked in the mirror and wondered where my former vibrant self had gone. (Seems it had gone to seed.) I had always been very athletic and super healthy. So, I got moving and began to do most of the things you are doing. Changed my diet (I drink green smoothies every day). Added lots of greens to the menu. Amped up my exercise, etc. I've dropped 30 pounds and feel great. Both of my parents have/had diabetes and other ominous diseases/conditions. Prevention will be my mantra and MO. Wishing you all the very best on your journey. Here's to living strong. Thanks for encouraging others by sharing your story.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @JoshK47: Great! So glad you liked it Josh! Thanks so much for stopping by and for the blessing!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Quite excellent information here - thank you very much for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Lady Lorelei: It really is amazing how filling that can be! I've been getting some hemp protein powder (I love the taste!) - and that hit of protein really does help me.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I add whey powder into my juice shake to give a boost of protein and energy. A morning or evening whey, juice, and yogurt shake really is a complete meal in itself.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Monica Ranstrom: Thank you! I'm going to be adding a lot more to this lens...

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      Monica Ranstrom 5 years ago

      Another great lens! We have been doing a lot of evaluating what we eat and you have given me a lot to think about! Best wishes to you on your journey!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Valerie Bloom: I'm glad you visited! Your words mean a lot to me! :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Judy Filarecki: Hi Judy! I have the same thing when it comes to needing protein. I just got some Nutiva hemp protein, and that's working really well for me to remain stable. Plus, keeping the kale whole (in the blender) when I add the juice helps too (I'm "drinking" my kale as I write!) :) Thank you so much for your ideas and for contributing to this lens! :) Thanks for the blessing too! :) Hugs to you!

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      Judy Filarecki 5 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      I just use a Magic Bullet for my smoothies with spinach or home grown swiss chard, fruits, unsweetened almond milk, protein powder and stevia. I find that without the protein, I get hungry very fast because my sugar levels go too low (down to 82 by 10 AM). I think any diet has to be modified for each individual, but the principles you are following are good. I have also found that just eating the whole fruit, skin included where appropriate, is fa more satisfying when sweet cravings come in to play. Great Lens, though, I hope you continue to make great progress. Blessed

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      Valerie Bloom 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      This is VERY inspiring! Thank you for sharing!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Sadheeskumar: I'm glad it's helpful! Today is Friday, and I've been taking TONS of freshly juiced veggies blended w/ whole kale in the smoothie maker, and following it with a handful of sprouted almonds, and I cannot begin to tell you how "even keeled" and strong and focused I feel. I think the primarily plant-based foods I'm eating are definitely helping! I just wish I could get MY dad to at least TRY! :)

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      Sadheeskumar 5 years ago

      My father affected by diabetes. Thanks for sharing this information. Its very helpful to my dad.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @DIY Mary: I'm already feeling better after yesterday (Monday) - a totally vegan day with lots of fresh juice, almonds, and pumpkin seeds, tomato/avocado, and then a dinner of spinach and lentils in garlic/ginger. Yum! Seriously felt great! Thanks for reading!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Mariajomith: Thanks! I can't get that movie off my mind!

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      DIY Mary 5 years ago

      I've heard that diabetes can sometimes be reversed by changes in lifestyle, and that is very intriguing (and good to know as it runs in my family). I wish you luck in your journey back to good health, and thanks for all your great information!

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      maria 5 years ago

      My mom also suffers from diabetes, and I was also very inspired by the same movie. great lens.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @whiteskyline lm: Absolutely! :)

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      Raw organic alkaline foods are powerful. And of course breathing :)