As you know, I’ve been stressing the importance of BG testing as a means of understanding your particular shape of T2D. It’s useful when reversing your diabetes but possibly even more important in the maintenence phase, as you go on learning about what foods spike and which don’t.
This project is aimed at precisely that and has been brought to our attention by Phil at the Barrow group – thank you Phil!
Have a look and let me know what you think in the week:
You know the old schoolyard rhyme: ‘Heinz Beans, good for the heart / The more you eat, the … better you feel’ (sic)
I’ve been wrestling with legumes for a while now – which is not a pretty picture, I grant you.
The thing is, the little fellers are undoubtedly good for the average person. They’re full of all sorts of good nourishment and fibre … but they’re also perhaps rather carby. We know, for example, that one of our Kendal group has a problem with chickpeas and BG spikes.
This isn’t the case for everyone though. So, experiment with your legumes. Have a nice portion and then an hour / two hours later, check you BG and see if they made a spike or not. Try this a couple of times, to be sure.
If they don’t upset your BG, dig in, as these little fellers are tasty, eco-friendly and a good source of plant protein. Obviously, be careful of the aforementioned canned beans, as they come in a very sugary sauce. A low sugar version is available and not so bad, if you sieve out most of the sauce.
This is TED talk is excellent. Robert Lustig has been posted on this site before, do scroll down if you want to see ‘Sugar: The Bitter Truth.’
This is more condensed and none the worse for it. I came across the link to this in my old research notebook. All you on the Dia-Beat This! course will get a lot more out of watching this now than you would 12 weeks ago.
Do have a look, it’s 22 mins long and well worth the time. Yes, as far as you’re concerned, it’s preaching to the now-converted but if it helps fuel your sense of injustice that our diets have got this bad and if it feeds you some more food for though, it’s worth a watch.
It’s worth noting that the book is a journalistic polemic against processed food, not a scientific primer on the subject but, as with Gary Taubes’ work on sugar, you get a good sense of where the problem areas are.
The Australians are streets ahead of us in terms of the quality of the TV coverage they’re giving to LCHF (Low Carb High Fat) and T2D reversal.
As well at the excellent Insight TV programme which you can find elsewhere on this site (scroll down, posted 5.2.17), which features both Michael Mosley and Roy Taylor, this 30 min programme on LCHF and T2D is clear, concise, informative and comes to us via Dr David Unwin – thank you, David.
If you want to give someone the lowdown on LCHF and its role in T2D reversal, this would be 30 mins of their time well spent. Even for people like ourselves, who now know the dangers of sharb-infested waters, this is an interesting watch.
If you want to be mildly scandalised (but probably not all that surprised), there’s a good bit about 24 mins in, where hospital food is being discussed, notably a sample breakfast of toast, cereal and OJ which breaks down to a glycemic equivalent of 14 teaspoons of sugar.
At some point in the not-too-distant future, people will look back at where we are now and think, ‘Why was that ever tolerated?’ Come the day …
Another great piece of news is that, time & place allowing, Dr David Unwin has agreed to come and speak with us. We’ll thus be possibly looking at doing a one-off event and getting all four groups together to meet Dr Unwin.
Dr Unwin is a major figure UK T2D reversal, so we can’t understate what a great opportunity this is for us to hear him speak first hand.
(BTW, David loves what we’re doing and he’s looking forward to meeting us all).
David is a GP, practicing in Southport. From what I’ve read, he was becoming disenchanted with medicine until he decided that there had to be more that could be done for the growing number of patients in his practice who had overweight, obesity and T2D.
Almost by chance, he discovered that a low carb diet made huge differences to the health of his patients and, under supervision, a number of his patients with T2D have achieved reversal. David has been rightly celebrated for this achievement, which saves his practice £30K p/a.
David is now a passionate advocate of dietary therapy and, along with a group of other health professionals, is on the advisory board of the Public Health Collaboration, a charitable body ‘dedicated to informing and implementing healthy decisions for better public health.’
We have our hero reversee guest speaker Patrick coming to Kendal on Thursday 16th. We’re going to bring the Grange group to Kendal, so there’ll be a good turn out for him. If anyone else who checks this site wants to attend, get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org. For anyone interested in Type 2 diabetes reversal, I guarantee an interesting couple of hours. 7.00pm Castle Street Community Centre, Kendal LA9 7AD.
Also, Dia-Beat This! participants are welcome to invite a favourite diabetic nurse or GP, just let us know who you’ve invited.
The second interesting piece of news is that I’ve been in touch with Carlos Cervantes in the US, who’s sent us an excellent email, which is full of personal insight into overcoming T2D and keeping the reversal going into the future. We’ll be going over this email in some detail and it’s included in full in this week’s handout.
For anyone who’s missed Carlos’s story, here’s the man himself telling it firsthand. As with Sarah Hallberg’s TED talk below, this is highly recommended viewing.
As before, many thanks to Richard Doughty for making the video available and for putting us in touch with Carlos.
As you can see, the report mentions a University of Indiana study, where Dr Sarah Hallberg works and reports a message now familiar to us all:
“Diabetes is a state of carbohydrate toxicity. Insulin resistance is a state of carbohydrate intolerance.
“Carbohydrate intake is the single biggest factor in blood sugar levels.”
It’s great to see that reported in a national newspaper, although more needs to be made of it, much more.
The report goes on to mention the Diabetes UK / Roy Taylor DiRECT trial, which publishes in October 2018.
The thing is, we’re not waiting for peer-reviews, or for the NHS’s administration to clank into life. It’s all too slow.
We all know now that making simple but profound changes to our diet works. Remove the cause of the disorder and the disorder re-orders. Health restores.
I can’t understate how much all of you on ‘Dia-Beat This!’ are pioneers and revolutionaries. By changing your own health, there might soon be knock-on effects for many, many more and you’re the ones making this happen, no one else. Thank you – please keep it up!
For now, I’ll re-post Sarah Hallberg’s TED talk, for the third time on this site, because if any of you haven’t seen it, please give her 18 mins of your time because you won’t regret going over that message one more time 🙂
Now, you might think this TED talk by Christina Warriner, ‘Debunking the Paleo Diet’ goes against what we’re practicing at ‘Dia-Beat This!’?
Weeeell …. no. This is instead a rather elegant, mildly academic dig at some of the over-simplifications and misunderstandings over so-called Stone Age diets.
If you’re less interested in the true shape of our ancestors’ diets and the husbandry of modern vegetables (which I think is interesting but hey), then move it forward to around 17’00 in and check the conclusion.
In short, no, it’s impossible to eat a truly Paleo diet BUT it does seem that a wise person eats plenty of veg, avoids too many preservatives and, of course, avoids our old enemy sugar, as there’s no way we could be adapted to a diet including much of that.