Dr. Fuhrman's diet?

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GrammyG
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   Posted 6/29/2016 9:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Is anyone following Dr. Fuhrman's diet as described in The End of Diabetes? If so, how has it affected your blood sugar numbers?
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Lanie G
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   Posted 6/30/2016 5:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi and welcome back! I'm not familiar with his diet "The End of Diabetes". What food is on it? His other diets have a lot of grains and fruit and these would keep blood sugar very high.
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   Posted 6/30/2016 7:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I looked further into his diet plans online and this is what I found. He's written several books about cancer and heart disease as well as diabetes prevention based on better nutrition. He feels that meat, dairy products and processed food all contribute to our sick health. Maybe you could compare his way to Dean Ornish - I don't know but it seems similar. Maybe those of you who are familiar with the Ornish diet can comment.

Fuhrman's meal plans are based on all kinds of leafy greens, non-starchy vegetables, legumes (lentils, beans) and fruit (although reading further about this, fruit is limited to one a day). So, it appears that the source of protein is from legumes.

No doubt that eating his plan exclusively will give you better nutrition since you are eating all those veggies and not eating fast food, processed food, meat, and starchy veggies or frying your food in oil. Still, I cannot but wonder how my blood sugar would react to all the beans/legumes because I know they do have carbs, some more than others.

You can buy his books but if you want more information from his website, you have to become a member. I tried to get some recipes on his site but couldn't because I wasn't a member.

So, the best I can say is try it if you want. Test your blood sugar right before you eat and then about two hours after you start and at three and four hours afterward. Why? Because if you're eating high-fiber food, your blood sugar will be slow to rise and you will see its peak later rather than earlier.

He says type 2 can be reversed. I'm not sure if he means 'cured'. I was 'cured' for a couple of years while I was very strict in having no carbs at all. I ate meat, eggs, and lots of leafy greens, lots of vegetables (but no beans or fruit) and I did at least 30 minutes of cardio a day (sometimes more) and lifted weights. During that time, my blood sugar was exactly normal. Was I cured? Did I get rid of diabetes? No. I merely controlled it with diet and exercise. If you are insulin resistant (as most type 2's are), you will always be insulin resistant even if you change what you eat.

I would be interested in hearing how this eating plan works if any of you try it! yeah
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Post Edited (LanieG) : 6/30/2016 8:05:44 AM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 6/30/2016 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm thinking of how my UC would react to such a diet, Lanie, and I want to cry. Legumes in even moderate amounts send me screaming to the bathroom.
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   Posted 6/30/2016 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, exactly. There are lots of cautions about these types of diets promoted by these doctors that come up with one size fits all. I just feel that his eating plan is so limited.
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   Posted 7/3/2016 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
One diet may not fit everyone because each of us have different needs when it comes to nutrition. There are certain principals which we should follow such as eating real foods which contain the vitamins and minerals our bodies need. Each of us must figure out the diet that works for us. The way of doing this is to get test showing what our bodies need. I get blood test every year showing my vitamin D level, B12 level, HGA1C, and a variety of test showing the health of my body. When I have something that is not in a healthy range I take steps to correct the problem. If we want to be healthy we have to give our body what it needs. When we get the information we can do this.

MusicForLife
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   Posted 7/5/2016 7:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Maybe this will work for you, maybe not.
Based on a recommendation from my eye doctor, I personally borrowed his book from the library. I did not make it very far into it. One of the first things Fuhrman warns about is how this new diet will possibly really... make you sick due to the diet change and the beans. At that point I was being tested for Crohn's disease and did not want to put myself through that.
I perused his recipes from the book and I had to tilt my head at the amount of beans he wanted Type 2's to eat. I don't have much experience with beans but what I have seen, there sure seems to be quite a bit of carbs in them. I don't get it. I'm not trying to sound rude, but I got the vibe from him that he thought of himself as sort of a "saver" of diabetics.
The last time I saw my eye doctor (ompthamologist) he once again recommended the book and I had to shoot him down, secretly wondering if he was getting a commission of some type from Fuhrman.

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   Posted 7/5/2016 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I'm glad you didn't spend your money on this book! For people who can eat beans and who don't have blood sugar problems (diabetes, insulin resistance, etc.), beans can be a good source of fiber and protein. Many vegetarians rely on beans for their source of protein.

However! Anyone with Crohn's or diabetes cannot eat beans without making their problems worse. Beans have a lot of carbs and even though they have fiber which can help control blood sugar spikes, beans will still raise blood sugar.

The bottom line is to test test test. Test before eating and after eating at two and three (or more) hours later. That will tell you how your blood sugar will react. And don't be satisfied with the blood sugar guidelines given by the ADA. Aim for blood sugar results that are normal.

Thanks for posting.

yeah
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   Posted 7/6/2016 3:04 AM (GMT -6)   
always talk with ya dr. and diabetes educator. I am due. the eds are sometimes a bit high and mighty, and sometimes I actually know more, thus the frustration...but no use hiding it, diabetes will get ya, if ya not on top of stuff. the silent creeper. it got me. yes, too many beans for me.
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