Eating to Help Maintain Normal Blood Sugar Levels
High blood sugar levels are caused by insulin resistance, and insulin resistance is caused mainly by a diet that is too high in carbohydrates and a lack of certain nutrients.
Carbohydrates are simply long chains of sugar molecules (glucose) hooked end-to-end. When you eat carbohydrates, your normal digestive process breaks up these chains into the individual sugar molecules, and they pass right through your intestinal wall into your bloodstream and load up your bloodstream with sugar.
If this happened every once in a while, it would not be a problem. But as diets today are so high in carbohydrates, you have a constant high level of sugar pouring into your bloodstream day after day, week after week, and year after year. This requires your body to continuously produce high levels of insulin to keep your blood sugar level down. (Insulin’s job is to push sugar out of the bloodstream into the cells where it is used for energy.)
Eventually, the cells in your body became insensitive to the effects of insulin (insulin resistance). To handle this problem of insulin resistance your body produces higher and higher levels of insulin. This continues until your pancreas reaches the maximum amount of insulin it can produce, and eventually your blood sugar rises out of control. This leads to many non-optimum, degenerative health issues, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
What can you do?
The first step to addressing high blood sugar is to eliminate starchy carbohydrates from your diet so you stop loading up your body with sugar. Even small amounts of these starchy carbohydrates will prevent your sugar levels from coming down.
This action will give your body a “breather” and insulin will be able to do its job of pushing the sugar out of your bloodstream and into the cells. Most likely, your blood sugar level will drop naturally and the high level of insulin in your body will drop along with it.
What should I eat?
Foods to Avoid
Here are the foods to avoid if you are trying to lower your blood sugar naturally:
Foods high in carbohydrates such as:
- Potatoes (including yams and sweet potatoes).
- Winter squash (hardshell squash)
- Any products made from grains such as wheat, rye, rice, oats and corn.
- Any type of bread, pasta, chips or cereals.
- Any type of hard beans, such as navy beans, pinto beans, black-eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, soybeans, etc. This includes peas and peanuts.
- No doughnuts, cakes, pies, pastries, cookies, and chocolate.
- No milk. There is one exception to “no milk”, but more about that later.
- Most fruits and no fruit juices. You need to eliminate fruit and fruit juices because of their high sugar content. See below for fruits you can eat.
Foods to Eat
- Animal protein: Any kind of meat including beef, pork, lamb, turkey, chicken. Any kind of fish, seafood or shellfish. NOTE: do not overdo the protein. You want to eat 3-4 oz. of protein in a meal. Eating a big 10-12 oz. steak will increase insulin 200X. Stick to 3-4 oz. of protein and lots of green vegetables.
- You can have eggs and tofu.
- Cheese – cottage cheese, cream cheese, parmesan, feta, ricotta, mozzarella, muenster, cheddar.
- If you feel you must have some fruit, you can have ¼ cup of berries a day (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, etc.) or ½ of a very small apple.
- You can have honeydew melon or cantaloupe and avocados, but only moderate amounts.
- Vegetables: Lots and lots of vegetables. Green is good. Green, leafy vegetables, such as spinach, beet greens, kale, Swiss chard, mustard greens, and turnip greens. Also, broccoli, green beans, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, celery, and asparagus.
- Salad materials such as any kind of lettuce, cucumbers, bell peppers, etc.
- Carrots, beets, turnips, tomatoes, and parsnips may only be eaten in very small quantities due to their high sugar content.
- Oils, such as olive, walnut, grapeseed, sesame seed, avocado oil.
- Butter and nut butters.
- Nuts and Seeds - You can have sunflower seeds, almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts, macadamia nuts. (No hazelnuts, cashews or pecans) Note: All nuts have some carbs, but you can eat them in small quantities.
- And Camel Milk – Camel milk is a superfood that has excellent nutritional value to support overall better health. Camel milk is packed with vitamins and minerals, and contains high proportions of anti-bacterial and anti-viral substances, and antioxidants.
Camel milk contains insulin-like proteins that may help lower blood sugar and increase insulin sensitivity. These insulin-like proteins have a unique property that protects them from the digestive enzymes in the human stomach, making them more available to the body. This means they are better absorbed. Camel milk is also high in zinc, which may also help improve insulin sensitivity.
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