Good Luck, JGriffin. Sounds like you are very conscientious and your October results will undoubtedly prove that. You are EXtremely lucky! to have found a professional who actually understands the 'old' food pyramid was faulty and who is willing to endorse a better diet.
Thanks, Claire, for the link. Bout time science can verify what we have learned thru personal experience.
You're a genius! That's a fabulous post which might help a lot of people to reconsider the conventional wisdom of a so-called healthy low-fat diet.
You're right, I've been trying to persuade the cynics (Hi Spooky!) that a low fat diet is counterproductive to our common goal of normal weight, blood sugars and lipid levels. I really do hope a few more people start to question the advice given by the official agencies in the US and here in the UK.
Pass the butter........
Hi Jeannie, Hi Claire,
Are we lone voices in the wilderness here or do I detect the beginnings of a real paradigm shift?
The more thought you give to conventional dietary wisdom, the less sense it makes. Our diets consist of varying proportions of carbohydrate, protein and fat. The first has an enormous impact on blood sugar and insulin requirements, the second much less, and the third barely at all. So the current logic is that our diets should comprise mostly carbs with strict limits on the other two? Do me a favour!
Yours is a very valid point, Jeannie. For virtually the whole of our evolutionary history we have survived on a diet very low in carbohydrate and much higher in protein and fat. It's what we're engineered to run on. So I'm certain the current dietary imbalance is what is largely responsible for the widespread increase in diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease etc. throughout the western world.
Mine's a chicken caesar and hold the croutons!
You hit the nail on the head, Lois ... CONSCIOUS.
Even when I over indulge now, I am aware of what I'm doing. There were years of automatic eating - if it was available, if it looked, smelled, tasted good, then I'd eat it.
I also understand your food choice difficulities with Crohns. I have a permanent colostomy (rectal cancer) and it's hard to accommodate diabetes and digestive probs. Low carb worked wonderfully for my pre-ostomy diabetes, but now I need to explore more options for bulkier foods low on the GI index. Made a big pot of brown rice and lentils today - we'll see....
Hi everybody out there,
Definition of a cynic:
Hey,i have respect and regard for your opinions(Hi There Fergusc!).
1) i wish to make a few things clear.I wonder who proclaimed to the world that a diet RICH and in HIGH CONCENTRATIONS of CARBOHYDRATES is good for a diabetic!All that was said and is being said is that about 50 to 60% of one's diet should constitute carbohydrate,that too of the complex variety.Fats don't convert to glucose in the blood and the brain exclusively depends on glucose for IT"S EXISTENCE and the heart usually utilizes glucose and when the need arises can use up fatty acids.
2)The vital question we should ask ourselves is "WHAT KIND OF FAT AM I EATING?"Yes,it's been PROVED that diets rich in mono and poly unsaturated fats are good as compared to a HIGH carbohydrate diet.Diets rich in trans-fats are deadly--see the link below from NEJM.DIETS RICH IN TRANS-FATS AND SATURATED FATS RAISE SERUM TRIGLYCERIDES. http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/354/15/1601
After all it's our hearts we are trying to protect!
Sorry Spooky, perhaps I should have said sceptic!
I think a lot of these differences of opinion perhaps stem from a starting point which at least used to embrace the USDA food pyramid as something with a little empirical credibility. Those days are surely staring to change. That diabetics should base their diet on 'bread, grains and other starches' and choosing 'low or non-fat foods' is dangerously misguided, surely?
No argument from me about the trans-fats though!