November is National Diabetes Month and with one-third of Americans having diabetes or pre-diabetes, we've got some work to do. Diabetes is a serious disease that can lead to many complications including blindness, amputation, kidney failure, dementia, stroke, heart disease and death. We've been under the impression that diabetes is just something you will automatically develop if you have a genetic pre-disposition and that once you develop diabetes, you'll be on medication for the rest of your life. The truth is this: most cases of type 2 diabetes are completely avoidable and even if you already have type 2 diabetes, chances are it's reversible with personalized lifestyle and nutrition-related changes. [Type 1 diabetes is caused by an autoimmune process and is a different story, but lifestyle and nutrition still remain very important in its treatment].
Type 2 diabetes prevention and reversal requires change, which is hard....
I followed the L-Nutra Prolon Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD) for five days and the results were amazing! To fully appreciate this program, a little background on fasting is necessary.
Fasting has been practiced in many different ways, by many different cultures, for many different reasons. The health benefits of fasting have been elucidated through reputable, scientific research. Fasting and calorie restriction are known to improve cardiometabolic health and increase lifespan (1).
Fasting can be practiced in many forms (1):
1. Intermittent Fasting: No caloric intake for a period of at least 12 hours.
2. Alternate Day Fasting: No caloric intake one day, no caloric restriction the next.
3. Alternate Day Modified Fasting: Consumption of less than 25% of caloric requirement alternated with days of no calorie restriction.
4. Time Restricted Feeding: Calorie consumption is limited to a finite period of the day.
Why is it so difficult to trust food as medicine? I’ve noticed in the food as medicine movement, opponents are very quick to say “where’s your research on that?” or “I need proof” before using food to treat disease. Even, dietitians who should be the experts in food as medicine make those statements. As if using food to treat a disease is not a viable option. Yet, we’ll gulp down pill after pill to “control” our medical problems without even asking for information or taking the time to really investigate the research related to the drugs we take. Most of the time, there’s not even a second thought given to the details surrounding that pill for blood pressure or diabetes, despite the real possibility of dangerous side effects. The doctor says to take a pill, so we take it. Why is that? If you really did your research, you would know that most drugs don’t have a very good track record when it comes to treating chronic diseases. They certainly don’t reverse your disease,...
We took the dogs for a nice, muddy hike today. The sun is shining and the temperature is finally warming up, so we decided to get out there and enjoy nature. I'm a protective dog mom, so having the dogs off the leash in unfamiliar territory makes me nervous. But, walking muddy trails is a challenge and being dragged by a dog on a leash makes it almost impossible to stay upright, so OFF THE LEASH they went! Bailey, Coach and Lilly - our three labs. Once we unhooked those babies, I saw the feeling of freedom in their faces as they ran through the mud puddles and jumped and played and just went at their own pace. I started thinking, this is no different than how humans feel once we're unbound.
How many of us are on the leash? Spend a few minutes thinking about what keeps you bound. Maybe it's food, medication, an unhealthy lifestyle or a 'disease' like obesity, heart disease...