The next topic is whether or not we should skip breakfast. Dr Hite claims that people who don’t eat breakfast weigh more, although he doesn’t mention by how much, and it’s probably only a meaningless amount.
We’re diabetics though aren’t we? So shouldn’t we be asking what this does to our overall blood sugar? In a controlled study, those who skipped breakfast ended up with a significantly lower A1C, and it makes sense that they would.
The very things that Dr. Hite cautions you about, going all those hours without eating, is exactly what the body needs, more rest from the rollercoaster of eating. This results in less insulin spikes throughout the day and is why fasting is so beneficial to treating type 2 diabetes. Less is clearly more when it comes to how many times you should eat.
Dr. Hite claims that if you skip breakfast you will eat more at lunch, and this may be true if you do that, but it’s actually easier to reduce your overall food consumption by skipping breakfast. You can certainly get by on less carbs easier this way, and whether you eat a bunch of fat and protein doesn’t really matter, but Dr. Hite certainly isn’t aware of that.
You can eat breakfast though if you desire as long as it is low carb, good old bacon and eggs or something like that is a great choice, although if you are misinformed about such things as is the case with Dr. Hite then you may not be comfortable with that, but this means you have to go out and learn about this stuff, not just believe everything you are told.
Now if you are on medication this can change things, depending on the medication, and one can go hypo if they don’t feed the beast that these meds create enough. Hypos or even risk of that is a clear indication that you are overmedicating, type 1’s don’t have any choice, but we do. The internal glucose regulatory mechanism of type 2’s is even hardier than non diabetics, and you really have to screw up to go too low, but this happens a lot, the very idea of these meds in itself is screwing up really.
So one can have stable blood sugar, plenty stable enough, even during fasting, and the body will most often regulate it nice and tightly, and stay well away from gong too low.
He then cautions against eating large meals and warns that restaurant meals are far too large to be eaten in one sitting. He says if you do that you will get heartburn, which may or may not be true, but heartburn is most often caused by a lack of digestion, and if you suffer from this, you really need to be looking into that.
Many people should be taking digestive enzymes with their meals though, especially as we get older, and this solves this problem the right way, not eating less than you desire as he is suggesting.
He also mentions that restaurant food is loaded with salt, I haven’t found that it contains anywhere near enough and that’s why they give you a salt shaker. Predictably, he is worried about salt intake, but he buys all of the myths so that’s not surprising, and not a lot of people know about the salt myth.
There’s actually no reason not to salt things to your heart’s content, and not getting enough is the risk factor for heart disease, not the other way around, but they love to lead the sheep away from heath and toward more illness at every opportunity, and much of Dr. Hite’s recommendations follow that path as well.
He then speaks about portion size, and he starts talking about calories here, there’s another myth he’s trying to sell, calories have little to do with anything really other than the potential to be used as energy. Calories from fat do very little really, calories from protein have somewhat of an impact on our metabolism due to their increasing insulin secretion, but it’s the carbs that packs the punch and this is why you have to be looking at your intake of those, and rather closely actually if you have diabetes, but even non diabetics do as well.
So the right diet for most people isn’t high carb moderate protein low fat for sure, or even low carb high protein, it’s low carb moderate protein high fat, this is the best mix overall because it’s the one that minimizes insulin excess.
So with this in mind, while it’s not a great idea to overload your digestive system, there’s no reason why everyone, including diabetics, cannot eat all the food they desire provided it’s the right kind of food.
He goes with the recommendations of dietitians which totally ignore our disease and suggest we eat 3 meals of 45-60 grams of carbs each, plus a couple of snacks, he is more conservative and says 1 snack of 15 grams. Now someone may or may not be able to handle this but if not, then this is simply too much and one must adjust, anyone who has the ability and the permission to think.
They do not give you the permission to think, and neither does Dr. Hite, sadly. This is grade school level stuff though, see Dick eat a certain amount of carbs, see Dick’s blood sugar go up too much, maybe Dick needs to eat less carbs, using the principle of subtraction. I suspect the mentally handicapped may even be able to figure this one out.
He talks a little bit about sugar substitutes, and they do take a bad rap, and he seems to be more fair to them than some people. and this is where the natural health people get too bent out of shape and lose touch with reality, just don’t sweeten anything is the battle cry, which is hideously impractical advice.
Artificial sweeteners are not all created equal, and some are far worse than others, aspartame in particular. Stevia is reputed to be the best, the others fall somewhere in the middle. I actually consume a great deal of sodium cyclamate, which is banned in the U.S. sadly, and when I visit there I have to bring my own. The fear here is based upon a botched and grossly ill designed rodent study decades ago, where the experimenter has admitted its blatant incorrectness, yet the ban remains there, but in any case, I use this in abundance with no concerns.
Dr. Hite now moves on to supplements, which is where we will pick this up next time.