I'll try to make this easier for you. It's called the nothing white but cauliflower (and cottage cheese!) food plan. Simply stated we don't consume any grains or grain based foods except oatmeal in the beginning. We avoid potatoes and products made from them. This plan eliminates pasta, baked goods, snack foods, crackers, breads, buns,
cookies, cakes, pastries, anything made with flour, rice, wheat, etc. Because past consumption of these foods has been saved as fat in our bodies we use that stored fat for energy instead of the present day carbohydrates and sugars. Diabetes has been theorized as the body's defense mechanism against famine using fat storage to get us thru the rough times. Since we don't encounter famine, we need to sort of simulate it by eliminating carbs and living off of our "savings account".
Now this is not so difficult. When I go to McDonalds I have a double cheeseburger or 2 mcChickens and toss the buns. The mayo and ketchup and stuff on these little protein meat bundles is ok. Just don't eat the buns. Get a side salad and you're good to go! Plant fats like olives, olive oil, avocados, mayonnaise, and nuts are fine in moderation. These fats slow stomach emptying time and make us feel satisfied. Adding them to our protiens and veggies enhances the flavors and helps absorb vitamins.
Fruits in moderation and no juices because they are waaaay high in sugar content. Whole fresh fruits have each cell full of goodness surrounded by a cell wall (Fiber!) and this is more difficult for the body to break down and access. Because of this, whole fruit acts like a time release food, slowly letting go of it's nutrition as it passes through the intestinal tract. And some of the whole fruit, if not chewed well, will exit undigested. This is a bonus because although we feel full eating it, we don't get so many fruit carbs.
Veggies of all kinds are wonderful for us. Adding a little pat of real butter will enhance vitamin absorption and really kick up the flavor. I also like to add things like garlic to my beans, cinnamon to my squash, stuff like that. I also like to sauté or grill veggies in olive oil and garlic. Yum.
Read back in the posts and you will find all kinds of good ideas for this food plan. Following this I was able to get off my Lantus and Avandia and now only take Metformin. Your mileage may vary.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
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