Better Food Choices for Those With Type 2
Millions of people think that they are eating a healthy diet for helping with high blood sugar when they are actually doing just the opposite. Why? Because diet recommendations from the American Medical Association and the American Diabetes Association are not necessarily motivated solely by improved health concerns for people. There are also financial and legal concerns behind many of these recommendations.
For example, common dietary recommendations for people with type 2 to eat 6 small meals throughout the day vs. one or two larger meals per day has little to do with improving the disorder. It has much more to do with protecting your doctor’s bank account.
When you eat 5 or 6 small meals per day, your blood sugar never has a chance to drop to normal, let alone below normal. This is recommended to prevent people from dropping dangerously low in blood sugar when they are taking prescription medications or insulin. Makes sense right? Well, only partially.
If your blood sugar never gets to normal or below, damage will always be happening to your body because of elevated blood sugar. But that’s not the worst part. If you ever hope to improve your diabetic health, you must get your insulin levels down. To do that, you need to get your blood sugar levels down…to normal and below. This allows your body to get re-sensitized to insulin. This decreases inflammation and allows for weight loss.
But none of this can happen eating 5 or 6 small meals/day. Blood glucose stays high because dietary carbohydrates are always being taken into the body. Sure, you don’t have to worry about severe hypoglycemia, but you will never allow your body to heal either.
So what it the real motivation for this seemingly ridiculous recommendation? It seems somewhat callous, but if blood sugar is kept above normal on a continuous basis, people will never drop into hypoglycemic shock and die. That means that your heirs or estate will never sue your doctor. This is good for the doctor. Not so good for you.
A Better Way
I have asked thousands of people over the years to tell me exactly what they ate for breakfast. The answer is almost always the same: slow cooked oatmeal, skim milk, ½ cup blueberries, and a cup of coffee.
People are doing exactly what their doctors are telling them. And it is killing them.
Why? Let’s take a look.
Oatmeal is made of oats. Oats are 71% carbohydrate. Skim milk is 56% carbohydrate. Blueberries are 91% carbohydrate. All in all, this doctor-recommended breakfast is predominantly carbohydrate. A predominantly carbohydrate breakfast for a person whose body cannot properly metabolize carbohydrates. Make sense to you? No? Not to me either.
A better choice would be a ham and cheese omelet. Yep, a ham and cheese omelet. Ham is 0% carbohydrate. Cheese is 2% carbohydrate. You can chop up some celery, onions, peppers, spinach, or cilantro to add some crunch and variety. All in all, a breakfast that will barely raise your blood sugar.