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Diabetic Diet

I have recently been diagnosed as pre-diabetic , hbA1c 44, is there a diet book that anyone can recommend? I have been told to lower carbs. but as I am thinish (under 8 stone) I don't want to lose weight! Thanks

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you have to reduce carb consumption . But at the same time since do not want to loose weight you can take nuts and seeds , especially muskmelon seeds AND pumpkin seeds In fact the total food consumption has to come down to half .

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Thanks used to enjoy nuts and seeds (probably still would!!!), but have full dentures which makes this difficult - and painful, have never heard of musk melon

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you can cut in to small pieces , and any way muskmelon seeds are small .

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Thanks will look for muskmelon seeds, if small can probably be mixed in cereal etc.

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It is better to go for different kind of nuts and seeds , since different nuts and different seeds have different nutritive values . But it is always better to buy the seeds and nuts to make powder in stead of going for ready made food supplements .

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Makes sense, thanks

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p.s. I think one can get pumpkin seed powder, must investigate and find what else may be available as powder or even tablets. My husband has been on metformin for a number of years and I would rather not go along that road

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Yes . Once you end up in to that state it is a bit difficult to come back to normalcy. You can buy sesame seeds , pumpkin seeds , musk melon seeds , dry pomegranate seeds , water milon seeds , CASHEWS , and put them in mixer and grind them to make a rough powder . Cashews should be not much . You can eat the powder as it is or can sprinkle it on the other food .

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Thanks for your useful suggestion, anew way of life beckons!

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Since the quality of meat and fish is at stake with the introduction of growth hormones , other injections while rearing the animals for meat and with sea water pollution with so much of toxic substances getting in to fish , it is better to depend more on nuts ,seeds and dairy products.fresh green vegetables and fruits rather than meat and fish. Total cut down of meat and fish is not Suggested since it is impossible for many to stay away from meat. Artificial sweeteners , preservatives ,colors added to processed foods are harmful.So it is better always to go to natural foods and home made foods .

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Another interesting suggestion, thanks

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There are an awful lot. If you go to a book shop or on line, there are large selection of diabetic cookbooks and also on diabetes itself. I spent hours looking for books to help me.

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Thank you will try to source a book to help

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Have you checked amazon.com for any diabetic books?

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Am doing this now! such a lot to choose from don't know which togo for!

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Which do you like better? I go for the one I can also use for Gluten Free and cost not that much!

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Not sure yet, never really bothered about diets before, bit of a shock being advised to cut back a bit on the carbs. Completely new territory for me. Don't think I could cope with gluten free, the low G.I. is the one that calls out.

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Then go for it, but be careful. A new diet could be hard for the system to take at first. Go slow.

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Don't worry, will go slow(very) at my age and stage it's the norm!

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Great!

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I'm sorry for your misfortune foxglove. As you read this, please appreciate the importance of having the correct balance of macro-nutrients for you. You will only need around 15g of protein at each of three meals per day, and probably less than 35g carbohydrate per meal. That means the rest of your energy will need to come from natural fat; either your body fat or ingested that supply fat soluble vitamins and minerals.

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Thanks, am working on a diet now but don't want one to lose weight!

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That's why I stressed the importance to you. The implications are that you will need to increase your natural fat intake to avoid weight loss. I had a client in this situation a few years ago, who chose to eat more olive oil, nuts, guacamole, eggs, meat fats, full fat dairy and so forth because they were at the lower end of a healthy BMI. Their weight stabilised and their blood glucose normalised.

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I already eat a fair amount of high fat - never have done the low fat thing, my BMI in middle of range . Confession time do have a taste for cream doughnuts!

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The cream from those will tend to be high in sugar, the doughnuts high in carbohydrate. Look at the links; the emphasis is on natural; it's okay to whip-up some real double cream for example.

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Yes, yes I know!

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You cannot just lower carbs. You MUST increase fat, and natural fat like butter, ghee, cheese, fatty meat/fish, olive oil, avocado, nuts etc.

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Will try!! NO will do

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That's the spirit and well said!

To 'try' sets one up for failure.

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Thanks!....just read your profile and agree. To be honest I'm a bit miffed about being pre-diabetic, never been overweight, exercise well (even at my77 years) and follow mainly the diet I was brought up on, never did the low fat thing, but must admit to a liking for ice cream and doughnuts of all kinds. Sigh, things they are a -changing.

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One of the best books is this, I recommend it to all the naturopathic students as the author is both diabetic and speaks from personal experience.

Diets to Help Diabetes

ISBN 0722529333

After 17 years in print this helpful book continues to sell. Now in its third impression, it offers a comprehensive review of current diets for diabetes, including diets for juveniles, insulin dependents and late onset diabetics. Supplements of value are described in detail and such topics as exercise, smoking, alcohol, coffee and alternative sugars and fibre are also discussed in relation to the diabetic’s special needs.

The other diet books you may consider are THE CANTIN KETOGENIC DIET FOR CANCER, TYPE 1 & 2 DIABETES, & OTHER AILMENTS by Elaine Cantin.

In the same area The Science of Ageing Backward: ReGeneration-X (me and my colleague Elizabeth Bright).

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Thanks

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Hello

Please see my recent post regarding Zoe Harcombe, she has a website and you can find loads of stuff on you tube about her.

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Thanks for reply - read your post re Zoe Hardcombe, in spite of being hypothyroid and pre- diabetic I am on the thin side and definitely don't want to lose weight. I know I'm an exception!!!

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