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Diabetes Diet, Gestational Issues. This diet is also a cure for gestational diabetes, which is type 2 diabetes that occurs during pregnancy. The cause of diabetes is the removal of essential fats and oils from our food, and their replacement with toxic substitutes. A diet of natural fats and oils, and the removal of the toxic ones, is the cure.

If you change your diet, you will only stick with it if you believe the evidence and experience the benefits. For that reason you should see the extensive research that resulted in the book The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD. This is the most important book you can buy that answers the question: "What should my diet be?" It is not based on opinion, but on observation and measurement of a huge population. A diet during pregnancy should be more stringent in ensuring that essential nutrients are received.

The China Study correlated reduction of fat with a reduction of Type 2 diabetes, and it's recommendation was that you reduce your consumption of fat to improve diabetes.

I don't know what type of fats and oils the Chinese Study was based on, but I would suspect the toxic versions so pervasive in modern society. I believe this because there are fats that are essential for health, and must be obtained from our food; you must not stop your consumption of these fats. If the fats and oils you consume are toxic, you should expect an improvement when you stop consuming them, and that may be what was seen in The China Study.

I am not dismissing The China Study; it is one of the most important books you can read. I am merely pointing out possible limitations. You can cure your diabetes by modifying your fat and oil consumption as described on the fats and oils page, but if you want to promote good health all around, take a lesson from The China Study and change your diet. The conclusion of this massive study is this:

"Eat a whole foods, plant-based diet, while minimizing the consumption of refined foods, added salt and added fats." Eliminate all animal-based products, but don't obsess over it. If a dish contains a small amount of meat, the quantity very likely will be nutritionally unimportant. Benefits were shown to increase as meat consumption decreased, even when the percentage declined from 10% to 0%.

Diabetes diet, gestational considerations: It may not be a good idea to abruptly change your diet during pregnancy, due to cleansing reactions that can occur that can affect the baby. Only make changes under medical supervision.

The concept of the Diabetes Diet is simple: Stop consuming toxic fats and oils, and start consuming the non-toxic natural essential versions. This is also the means of prevention for diabetes. Follow the recommendations on the fats and oils page. An all-around good diet that will also prevent cancer can be found on the nutrition for immunity page of Hidden-Cancer-Cures.com.

I would start by consuming my essential fatty acids (EFAs) in the form of Flax oil. It will act as a solvent, dispersing deposits of saturated fatty acids and cholesterol which accumulate and make platelets sticky. It provides a fast way to make up for long term omega-3 deficiency. Take about a dozen 250 mL bottles of flax over a period of a few months. This works out to about 1 tablespoon twice a day. Optimum level is about 1 tablespoon per 50 pounds body weight per day. I would not consume other oils until I was seeing results. Taking only flax oil for a long period of time (1 to 2 years) may make you omega-6 deficient because it contains 4 times omega-3 to omega-6.

If you take too much oil, your liver will not be able to handle it and you will feel nauseous. If you take more, you will throw up. It would be good to start out slowly and work your way up. Start out as slowly as necessary, even a drop, even a whiff, but start. The oils are essential. Your liver may not be able to handle it due to EFA deficiency.

You can put the oil in fruit, vegetables, grains, and proteins. It can be put in hot and cold dishes, you can boil with oil, even the most sensitive oils; 212 F won't damage it, just don't fry with it.

Flax oil has the highest source of omega-3, while safflower oil has the highest source of omega-6. Hemp oil contains an ideal balanced ratio of three to one of omega-6 to omega-3 for long term use. Udo's Choice is a balanced blend of flax and other oils that may be the best balanced source of EFAs. It is made by Flora, Inc., a quality manufacturer.

An optimum dose of linoleic acid (omega-6) is in the order of 9 to 18 grams per day (half an ounce or 1 tablespoon). An optimum dose of alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3) is in the order of 1/5 to 1/2 of linoleic acid (1 or 2 teaspoons per day).

For optimal health, other essential nutrients are required to make the EFAs work:
13 vitamins
20 or 21 minerals
8 amino acids (10 for children, 11 for premature infants)

I would stay away from all processed food. Any food with the word "hydrogenated" on the label must be avoided, and if it has "oil" and isn't refrigerated, consider it toxic.

Any food with oil in it such as nuts and seeds should not be rancid or roasted, and preferably should come out of the refrigerated section of your health food store.

The commercial feeds given to farm animals must contain EFAs in order for the eggs, chicken, and meat to contain them. Otherwise, they will contain insufficient EFAs for optimal human health. But EFAs are removed from artificial man-made feeds in order to increase shelf life, so don't count on animal food to supply your EFAs.

Diet Suggestions

Minimize your consumption of simple refined carbohydrates that metabolize quickly and produce a spike in blood sugar. Generally, anything that has been processed should be avoided. These include:

  • Soft drinks
  • White rice
  • Pastries
  • Cookies
  • Cakes
  • Jams
  • White bread
  • Cereals
  • French fries

Maximize your consumption of carbohydrates that digest gradually, These include:

  • Whole grains or whole grain bread (oat, millet, quinoa, barley, spelt, bulgur, wheat, rice ...; you can buy these in bulk at your local health food store, and cook them)
  • Legumes (lentils, chick peas, beans ... )
  • Nuts and seeds (almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, ... ). Buy them raw, unsalted, unprocessed. They contain oils.
  • Vegetables (celery, tomato, avocado, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, onion, squash, cucumber, radish ... ). Especially include green leafy vegetables (spinach, collard greens, red leaf lettuce, ... but avoid berg lettuce; it's not very nutritious).
  • Fruits (oranges, lemons, limes, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, apples, ... )

Consume a high-fiber diet; this slows down the release of sugar into the blood stream.

Instead of using butter, consider dipping your bread in fresh unrefined oil such as olive, flax, hemp, or other oil. This habit, common in the Mediterranean area, does away with the need for hydrogenation to make spreads. Or, use a squeeze bottle and pour the oil onto the bread. It is just like melted butter.

Controlling Your Blood Sugar

In addition, you must control your blood sugar so that you do not cause your body damage. It may be a good idea to consult your health care provider. If you want a recommendation for one:

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