No offense. It’s not their fault. We don’t teach them real nutrition nor do we teach any healthcare providers real nutrition. For years, out of standard of care compliance, I have referred my diabetics to educators to learn how to eat and balance carbs/proteins. For a very few patients, scared enough by the actual diagnosis, the diabetic education is all they need. They forge head on counting calories and planning meals. They check their sugars and put an obsessive compulsive plan into action. Here’s the real problem. We haven’t really taught any of these patients that they can reverse their disease by eating whole foods (including fruits) without counting every calorie and carb. It wasn’t until we started our wellness program that we were forced to take into account that most patient’s don’t have time to count every carb, weigh every meal, read every label. This plan is really hard for most with busy schedules and complicated lives. Eating whole, non-processed food straight from the earth does not raise your blood sugar. It’s nothing like the low-fat, low carb, processed foods that continue to deteriorate the body with additives and artificial substances. Most dietitians and doctors are recommending these without really knowing the potential danger. This is where we are erring with these diabetics; telling them to get sugar-free, artificially sweetened products instead of eating real fruit is a mortal sin committed against curing their disease. Sure, we may control their sugars but ultimately, we haven’t done any thing to provide them real nutrition and reverse their disease process. Consider looking into “Forks Over Knives” and “Hungry for Change” if you are a newly diagnosed diabetic–you are in charge of your own destiny and unfortunately you may have to take matters into your own hands.
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