We left off talking about Dr. Hite’s views on diabetic diets and he clearly does not believe that we should be tailoring our diets to our disease, and even suggests a couple of regular diets, the Mayo Clinic Diet and the South Beach diet, neither of which are designed in any way to be a diabetic diet by the way.
The diets that nutritionists and dietitians give diabetics aren’t really much different, they are basically just regular diets which are slightly altered to provide less carbs, and these diets might be fine for some diabetics but a lot of us struggle with high blood sugar on them.
From my experience, the overwhelming majority of type 2 diabetics do far better on a diet that is considerably lower in carbohydrate than the typical diet that you get on a sheet of paper from these so called professionals. The basis for them isn’t blood sugar control at all, it’s following their beliefs about low fat diets being the way to go, but you can’t do a low fat diet and a low carb diet at the same time.
While fat isn’t exactly inert, like some low carb high fat people think, and there is a trade off when you swap macronutrients, fat for carbs or vice versa, it has been clearly shown to benefit both your blood sugar and your diabetes by swapping fat for carbs to at least a certain degree, and a good degree.
This is even the case with swapping carbs for saturated fat, and saturated fat is actually the healthy fat, it’s the polyunsaturated fatty acids, or PUFA, that we need to be careful with. As we have migrated from saturated to PUFA, people’s health has gone downhill, and while just saying that is just pointing out a correlation, there is plenty of damning evidence for this stuff, whereby the fears of saturated fat are based upon myth and junk science pretty much.
This is also a matter of individualization, and what may be right for one diabetic may not be for another, and adjustments need to be made to account for a lot of things, including and perhaps especially including one’s own dietary preferences. It’s hard enough to adjust to a more diabetic friendly way of eating without having stuff you just don’t like to eat on your menu, you surely will have more trouble sticking with that, and the successful diabetics have found more friendly food that they also enjoy, and this part is super important.
The approach that has been proven to have the most success is a low carb high fat diet, and there are legions of diabetics that swear by this approach. This isn’t to say that this is the only way to go, and it’s been shown that over time, it may not matter that we restrict our carbs as much as these people do, but we do have to restrict our intake by a meaningful amount, if we want to improve.
These diets that have proven so successful are in many ways the antithesis of what is considered a healthy diet by the conventional standards of today, very high in saturated fat, and often avoiding grains altogether. There is a grain free movement in the non diabetic community as well and while I don’t think that we necessarily need to give up grains, with diabetes, cutting down on them at the very least is a must.
This is especially true if you’re looking to improve your liver health, and the liver does play a big role in diabetes, bigger than most people realize, although come to think of it most people don’t even give a thought to this so that’s not saying much. Excesses of carbohydrates combined with the excesses of insulin that this produces does our livers in for sure, and this is how they make foie gras, fatty liver in English, they force feed geese grains and they get this condition sure enough, making their livers sick enough to qualify for fine dining indeed.
The low carb online community is so offended by the way that doctors and dietitians approach diabetic diets that these normally mild mannered doctor loving folks have completely lost faith in these people, at least as far as prescribing diets go, but it’s really no surprise that they are dead set on a diet that is in no way intended to manage our blood sugar, because both they and dietitians and nutritionists are just puppets really, taking in what they are told without question and expecting us to do the same from them.
It is absolutely ridiculous though that we’re told not to fashion our diet around our disease, but that’s what brainwashing does, and the brainwashing here is pretty powerful. Like a cult, people are expected to just follow the dictums of their leaders, no one is even sure who the leaders of this cult really are, perhaps the food industry, telling us that PUFA is the healthy fat and saturated fat is not, and telling us that grains are healthier than either, lots of grains.
Some people think that science is behind them but this is actually not the case at all, and this goes well against science actually, but who really looks into this stuff, that’s not something people in cults do, question their leaders, and they sure don’t in this cult.
Now some people who have either broken free of this cult certainly do, and they discover that what they were told was wrong, and the more enlightened represents a fast growing group, who now have the benefit of the internet to use as a communication and learning platform.
Some think that these dietary myths being exposed is an internet age phenomenon, but we’ve known this for decades, it’s just that you had to dig for this knowledge, read books that were out there but not a lot of people knew about, but thankfully now the word is out on this stuff a lot more with the internet.
So perhaps we do want to approach our diet from the perspective of what works out best for our disease, diabetes, but in order to do so, one must cast off the myths or our modern day dietary cult, and there’s only so much space I can devote to this on this site, but people are welcome and encouraged to check this out more and discover for themselves.