Welcome to the "raw" side:) The thing that I have learned the best is fiber the most natural way to destroy high bloodsugar numbers. The more fresh salads; both veggie and fruit the better you can control your numbers. Also, a lower count on the bad fats. Since eating "raw" is the most natural, you're cutting out the bad fats. The natural good fats eaten in small portions will keep you feeling better.
Start small! Try to eat a small salad with your noon and dinner meals. Try to eat an apple or some other fresh fruit.
Instead of taking away from your diet; just add fresh/raw to it. You'll notice within a month that you feel better!
Raw foods are in their natural state....as such, the nutrients have not been "killed" by cooking....they are more "bio-available".....eating raw foods will help you control your diabetes beter.....the best resouce that I'm aware of, and the book I'm using is: The pH Miracle for Diabetes by Robert Young....this is an awesome book and offers a lot of hope.....it focuses health on the cellular level.....nutrition is the most important thing a diabetic can focus on by making sure that you are getting plenty of vitamins and minerals.....converting to raw foods is a tough lifestyle choice we must make every day and society doesn't understand and support is hard to find.....if you can make the change it is well worth it.....unfortunately, medicine is microfocused on control by medicine.....when we let food be our medicine, we have many more options.....at first it seems restrictive because it is foreign to our way of thinking and eating.....but in the long run, it is freeing.....good luck....blessings....Ron
What is your main protein souce in raw foods? I eat loads of raw fresh veggies and a moderate amount of fruit ( I'm lower carb eating!) I totally agree that we should eat the foods we evolved with. Which does NOT include those wretched, supposedly good for you Wholegrains, which we cannot digest uncooked. However I cannot bring myself to eat raw meats or fish.
There are many different kinds of raw fooders. Some eat raw meats, but I think most don't.
I personally try to get protein from eating lots of dark leafy greens, beans (I do eat canned or cooked beans - some people soak or sprout them), nuts, seeds, seaweed.
I personally eat "mostly" raw...meaning I sometimes have cooked veggies and I still will eat meat occasionally - focusing on the meats that will give me tons of B12 so I don't have to worry about supplementing B12. For instance, I had cooked chicken livers recently - tons of nutrients and protein and it gives you enough B12 to not have to worry about it for months.
Like I said everyone is different, and it's up to you to decide what rules you want to make yourself, what feels right and what makes you feel good.
The main goals in eating raw foods are getting quality nutrition so all your body's nutritional needs are met, trying to cut down the energy your body uses for digestion (in the hopes that energy will be diverted to healing processes), and trying to get the food you eat to come out quickly lol. You don't want food to sit in your gut and rot and make toxins. If you eat the right foods and generally follow good food combining rules, you should be gold. The basic food combining rules are - don't mix fruit with other foods with the exception of apples and don't have protein and starchy bread or food together.
Oh yea, and as far as wholegrains, if you soak them they start to sprout and come alive and are easy to chew and digest. There are sprouting and soaking charts around the net.
I have been type one for 15 years, on the pump for 7 years and raw for about 6 months. I found it very hard in the beginning. I eat a lot of fruit and i eat lots of little bits throughout the day. I found every other part of my health and how I was feeling improved, but my sugars did not. Still struggling with improving my sugar levels, it seems that a lot of what I eat is high in sugar, even green smoothies have a banana and a few other fruits in it, for me...so its been tough, but I would never go back. I feel great and am so happy with me health!!
Hi Cherise.... I just wanted to thank you for asking. I'd like to know also, and the answers below certainly help. There is an old saying "The only dumb/stupid question, is the one you don't ask?" I use to quote it to my kids, when they said they didn't understand something at school and didn't want to ask because everyone would think they were dumb. So thanks for asking for all of us. Have a great evening! Take care.
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