Nutrition

In this category I will be including all the articles I write about nutrition and food for diabetes.

By Charlie G ❘ 2011

Although I try to focus my posts about my research and experiences concerning the cure of diabetes, and I never tried to explain what is diabetes, what types of diabetes are there, which are the symptoms of diabetes…(mainly because there are lots of other webs already explaining and defining that) I realized that some visitors of this blog could not know that yet and that it would be easier for them to find all that information in one place. Well then, I start today with the topic: types of diabetes. The four main types of diabetes are type 1, type 2, type 1.5 (LADA) and gestational diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes Type 1 Diabetes was formerly known as “Juvenile Diabetes” due to its propensity to affect a person during their childhood up to their early adulthood. It is also known as “Insulin Dependent Diabetes” since the person with this type of […]

Continue reading...

By Charlie G ❘ 2011

I hope all of you had a good end of year 2010 and that 2011 has started with all the energy, motivation and courage that you desire and deserve to improve your health or any other area of your lives. As I said in my previous article “World Without Diabetes Day” my new year resolution is to try some treatments or foods to help my body to regenerate and stay healthy. I decided to start by PXP Forte because I think in my case it can help a lot to my body to regenerate organs affected by diabetes and thereby reduce the need for external insulin. A few days ago I ordered the product and I have it at home and have been using it for the last 3 days. It is early to see changes, so if you’re interested stay tuned because I will publish any change that I […]

Continue reading...

Today I want to share with you some of the plants or foods that I have recently learned help improve the health of diabetics, or even help cure diabetes. Yacon (Peruvian ground apple) Yacon is a root vegetable grown in Peru that has some fabulous properties for diabetics. Yacon root is the edible part of the tuber and is composed mostly of water and fructo-oligosaccharides (carbohydrates metabolized by the digestive system). That means it has a sweet taste but in doesn’t cause blood sugar to rise due to the type of carbohydrates it contains. Its hypoglycemic action makes it an ideal food for diabetics. In addition, fructo-oligosaccharides act as probiotics to improve gastrointestinal health, the immune system and to prevent the development of various diseases. Thanks to the bifidobacteria stimulated by the consumption of yacon, fewer toxin are created and therefore there is a lower risk of colon cancer. Yacon […]

Continue reading...

Dr. Mercola, an American physician who I have been following for more than a year, has posted another entry on his website (the most visited website about natural health, with more than one million hits a month) on type 2 diabetes. Dr. Mercola is a licensed physician who realized how ineffective many conventional medical treatments to cure chronic diseases are. Now he practices his medicine in a more natural way, taking into consideration what helps and what harms the body. Anyway, here is the article: The Glaring Diabetes Error That Even Most Doctors Don’t Recognize The concept that is being overlooked by conventional medicine is that diabetes is not a disease of blood sugar. Yes, blood sugar becomes elevated in people with diabetes, but this is a symptom of the real problem, and it is an attempt by your body to keep things in balance. The real problem in diabetes […]

Continue reading...

By Charlie G ❘ 2008

It seems that finally we can buy and take stevia as it is: a natural sweetener with beneficial properties, not something labeled as a dietary supplement or an additive for the bath (which was required by producers or distributors of stevia so far, since authorities did not allow it to be sold as a sweetener). I just read a story in an spanish online newspaper entitled “The ka’a he’ê is a drug that can fight diabetes and hypertension,” which in fact is an interview with medical researcher Dr. Luis A. Barriocanal Perasso. To date, stevia or ka’a he’ê (its original name) was only allowed for sale as a sweetener in a few countries, while in others like the U.S. and Europe could only be sold as a dietary supplement (many believe that this was due to multinational companies’ that produce artificial sweeteners, who feared for their business). Some institutions allowed […]

Continue reading...

By Charlie G ❘ 2008

That’s the question many people have been asking for quite some time, including myself. For those who do not know what stevia is, here’s a link to an article I wrote about this natural sweetener. Besides being totally natural (unlike the sweeteners we buy in grocery stores which are loaded with chemicals), stevia has a feature that makes it very desirable for diabetics: it sweetens in a higher proportion than sugar but contains no calories, and, as a matter of fact, some studies show that it lowers blood sugar levels. With these qualities you would think that stevia is a very appropriate way to sweeten desserts, yogurts, teas and coffees (whoever likes them). Maybe because of these qualities, it has become a threat to the sugar and artificial sweeteners industry, and without further notice, has vanished from the market. At least in the area where I live, it has been […]

Continue reading...

This time I am going to talk about broccoli as an ally against the consequences of diabetes. Eating broccoli could reverse the damage that diabetes inflicts on heart blood vessels. The key is most likely a compound in the vegetable called sulforaphane. Sulforaphane encourages production of enzymes that protect the blood vessels, and reduces the number of molecules that cause cell damage by up to 73%. People with diabetes are up to five times more likely to develop cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes, both of which are linked to damaged blood vessels. Keeping your heart healthy is extremely important if you have diabetes. Heart disease is actually the most common side effect of the condition, and 65 percent of people with diabetes die from heart attack or stroke. If diabetes is not controlled, it can damage blood vessels, including those leading to the brain and heart. This […]

Continue reading...

By Charlie G ❘ 2008

Well, it seems that finally the film/documentary “Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days” is available. This documentary shows a group of 6 people who were chosen to spend a month among experts in natural medicine and raw foods to try to improve or reverse the diabetes that each of them had been suffering for years. To do this, they had to completely change their diets. Some went from eating just hamburgers to a completely vegan diet, organic and raw, to reverse diabetes without drugs. In this film, 91 minutes long, you can see how each of the participants transforms, both physically and emotionally, a transformation that is closely followed and monitored by Dr. Gabriel Cousens (known holistic physician and authority in alternative healing) in the Tree of Life Center in Arizona. The film’s message is that this diet (the original medicine of nature) may reverse diabetes and improve the […]

Continue reading...

By Charlie G ❘ 2008

Hello again. Those of you who have been following this blog for a while may wonder where I’ve been over the past months, since I haven’t written again about how the healing of my type 1 diabetes is going. The truth is that it’s been a few tough weeks, because I had to make a very hard decision. But as they say, better to make a decision (even a wrong one) than no decision at all. After a week drinking only vegetable juice, one day came when I could no longer even stand the smell of juice. My body reacted negatively to just the idea of drinking another glass of juice. I decided to listen to my body and went back to eating salads. Only this time nothing but salads. Another week went by and I was feeling increasingly weak, so it was time to make the tough decision. I […]

Continue reading...

By Charlie G ❘ 2008

Today I want to catch up and write about the most current events that I have experienced on the subject of the healing of my diabetes. Two weeks ago I decided to make a “juice fasting” for my body to focus even more on the task of cleaning, removing, regenerating and healing. The idea is that so the body can use all the energy saved for digestion to heal and purify. I started with a lot of energy, bought tons of vegetables to make juice and started to make combinations of vegetables. At first it is hard to get used to it, especially in the morning, to have vegetable juice for breakfast. The following days my body seemed to tolerate it better and it needed less insulin. Even some days I didn’t need fast acting insulin with my meals (or rather, drinks). But after a week, my body started giving […]

Continue reading...

By Charlie G ❘ 2008

Here I am again after one more day drinking just vegetable juices in order to cure my diabetes. First of all, thanks a lot for the comments I am receiving supporting or encouraging my will to get rid of the diabetes. I am learning from those comments as well and trying to “take it easy“. This third day was one of those where I had to apply that suggestion. Since the day before I had my blood sugar levels quite low (specially when I woke up), with no fast-acting insulin during the day, I decided to put 4 units less of slow-acting insulin for the night (that is, instead of 8 units, 4 units). Although when I woke up the glucose level was ok, afterwards it kept increasing until dinner time (150), having put 2 units of fast-acting insulin for lunch and 1 for dinner again. I don’t complain about […]

Continue reading...

By Charlie G ❘ 2008

Wow! What amazing results did I get on my second day with the juice feasting!! My blood sugar levels kept dropping down and I was able to eliminate the fast-acting insulin intake on each meal (juice). That’s right, zero units of insulin and my blood sugar level was ok, between 65 and 95. I am thrilled and motivated! Now I have to lower the slow-acting insulin at night as well. As I mentioned on my post two days ago, I am giving a try to this juice feasting concept to help my body heal itself the type 1 diabetes I’ve had for almost 10 years now. After the first day juicing, I got more experienced and was able to prepare more tasting juices. Now, I even enjoy them. And I take one liter three times a day, so I am not feeling hungry. Let’s see what other news do I […]

Continue reading...

By Charlie G ❘ 2008

Beating type 1 diabetes is a tough thing (specially after almost 10 years taking shots of insulin), but not impossible. As I already said in different points of this blog, I am healing diabetes myself through natural means, specially foods. After 7 months eating a 100% vegan raw food diet I’ve been able to reduce the insulin intake 60-70%. These last months my blood sugar has stabilized with 2 or 3 units of insulin per meal and 11 units at night. Not happy enough with that, since my goal is to be healed before June 20th 2008, yesterday I began a Juice Feasting period. That means that all that I take during the day are about 4 litres of vegetable juices. The difference between Juice Fasting and Juice Feasting is that with the second one, the body still gets the calories and nutrients needed to keep a normal energy level, […]

Continue reading...

By Charlie G ❘ 2007

This time I have a recommendation for everyone! I’m talking about the Raw For Life DVDs. If you have heard about the Raw For 30 Days film documentary that is comming up in Spring 2008, you probably know that these guys have just (in November) lounched a 2 DVD pack where they gather lots of information about the Raw Food. I bought the DVDs from their website, I received it three days ago, and I watched them all in once one night. Wow, they have done a great job! In the DVDs they present the raw food diet as the healthiest of choices if you have consideration about your body and your health. Since I have been on a raw food diet for 5 months now, I can tell you that it has helped a lot reducing the amount of insulin needed due to my diabetes type I. As I […]

Continue reading...

By Charlie G ❘ 2007

The other day I read an interesting article where the authors (medical professionals) explained the benefits of black tea. It seems that drinking black tea may be beneficial for people with diabetes because it stimulates the response to insulin and reduces blood sugar levels, according to researchers from King’s College London. According to these researchers, black tea components stimulate pancreatic cells (responsible for insulin production). Other studies suggest that tea polyphenols may lower cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure and even protect your bones. So, here we have another ally that can help lower blood sugar levels and improve our overall health (although we shouldn’t forget that water is the best fluid for the body). And of course, when drinking tea, we shouldn’t add sugar or artificial sweeteners. If you don’t like the taste of the tea without sugar or milk, you can always add a little yacon or stevia (natural […]

Continue reading...