What Is It?
I won’t waste your time with a lot of fancy definitions. Suffice it to say, it’s a junk food disease; meaning, it’s the inevitable result of eating foods most of us consider normal; and by that I mean processed foods and, in general, SWEETS and CARBS! (Though I hasten to add that diabetes is a side effect of many drugs, chief among them the cholesterol-lowering drugs; so, be sure to check the side effects of all the drugs you’re on, which you can easily do by going to www.drugs.com; and P.S., even if you don’t see the word “diabetes”, you may see all the signs of diabetes such as increased thirst, increased appetite, unexplained weight loss, increased urination, etc.)
The staple food of the western world, believe it or not, is white flour–which isn’t even a food, as it exists nowhere in nature; and yet, we can’t seem to eat a single meal without it! Some complain that even Whole Wheat flour isn’t ideal due to the processing needed to make it edible–grinding, baking, etc.; but, at least whole wheat actually exists. White flour exists only in a chemistry lab. All the nutrition and fiber have been removed for the sake of a long shelf-life in the stores–it can’t go bad because there’s nothing in it, and when you eat it, it turns to sugar as soon as it hits the stomach, spiking your blood sugar levels, causing your pancreas to flood your blood stream with insulin.
Insulin is like the “escort” that sugar molecules need to be let into your cells. You remember when liquor was banned in the United States in the 1920’s? They called it “Prohibition”; mobster, Al Capone, became famous for supplying liquor during Prohibition.
If you wanted to get into a “speakeasy” (a place that sold illegal liquor), you had to say, “Joe sent me.”
Insulin is like “Joe”, it gets you in, and since your cells need sugar for energy, it’s really important that “Joe” gets in!
The problem is, with our diet of mostly nothing but sweets and white flour products like white bread, rolls, buns, biscuits and pasta, “Joe” is ringing the doorbell on our behalf constantly and becoming a pest! Your cells are complaining, “It’s Joe again!”
“Just don’t answer the bell,” they decide, “and maybe he’ll go away!” And with that, they disconnect the doorbell! This is the real cause of diabetes — “Insulin Resistance”! It’s Joe wearing out his welcome! There’s no place now for the sugar molecules to go, the blood sugar starts getting higher and higher! Then symptoms break out like the ones we’re all too familiar with– excessive thirst, excessive appetite, frequent urination and weight loss; but, before this stage sets in, there’s the first stage, the warning stage, called…
Low Blood Sugar
It goes like this: You eat the average American breakfast–coffee and a donut or a Danish pastry–either way, it’s nothing but sugar–and in short order, insulin is triggered and clears all the sugar out of the bloodstream, and now there’s an emergency! The emergency is that there HAS to be sugar in the bloodstream!!!! Your blood sugar has to be at a constant, between 80 and 110 at all times, or else all kinds of horrifying symptoms break loose–migraines, dizziness, dullness, inability to focus, read or concentrate, depression, irregular heartbeat, insomnia, apathy, anxiety, phobias, mood disorders, panic disorder, even fainting; no one realizes it’s the food that’s causing this! People start going to doctors saying, “I’m depressed,” or, “I have insomnia,” or “my heart is skipping beats” and wind up with prescriptions which are totally inappropriate to the situation and ultimately just compound the problem! With the blood sugar now in deficit, the person is compelled to “grab something fast”! The easiest thing is some processed food that needs no preparation, like a candy bar or another donut, meaning MORE sugar is coming in! More sugar, more insulin, and another drop in blood sugar! The cycle continues until “insulin resistance” sets in, and now you’re diabetic!
Of course, it’s the liver’s job to keep this drop in blood sugar from happening!
The Role of the Liver
When your blood sugar drops, the liver activates a hormone called IGF which puts stored sugar, called glycogen, back into the blood stream. Now, here’s a problem. If you’re low on potassium, and most of us are (because you get potassium from eating fruit and VEGETABLES), you can’t store sugar! Let me repeat that. If you’re low in potassium, you can’t store sugar! For every sugar molecule, you need a potassium molecule! With low levels of potassium, the person starts craving food, he can’t control his appetite! Why? Because he can’t store sugar! I don’t know how many people have said to me, “I’m craving sweets!” Maybe now we can understand why: no one is eating any vegetables! You need about 4,700 mg. a day of potassium! A banana, which people falsely view as the embodiment of potassium, contains only 400 mg.! The high potassium foods include, first and foremost, Kale! Then there’s collard greens, spinach, beets, Swiss chard, bananas, oranges, almonds, tomatoes, apricots, broccoli, avocados, mushrooms, blueberries, and more.
Note that our number-one food that we should be eating to stave-off diabetes is…..KALE!!!!!
This is your main food for potassium, the highest potassium levels are in KALE! I just had it for dinner tonight–along with chicken and brown rice. Here’s how you cook the Kale. You cut out the stems (you can simply pull the leaves away from the stems; the stems are very thick and I doubt that they would be enjoyable to eat). I added some chopped garlic, two capfuls of olive oil and some sesame seeds. You have to add something to it because just plain kale probably would taste bitter. Well, it must have been good because even Shana ate it, and she hates everything!
If you don’t have the potassium to store sugar, it gets converted to fat! So if you don’t eat enough vegetables, you gain weight!
So, remember, when your potassium levels are adequate, you stop craving sugar! Another thing that kale and other high-potassium vegetables do is increase growth hormone! Why is that important? Growth hormone supports the liver, it supports IGF which normalizes blood sugar levels; growth hormone burns fat, protects your protein from breaking down into sugar and used as fuel! You don’t want your protein being used as fuel, we’re talking about your cartilage and collagen–the stuff that holds your body together and keeps your chin from sagging, your muscles from becoming flabby, etc.; so, it all comes back to potassium! And where do we get potassium from again???? Vegetables!!!!
So now you really have to put some thought into what you’re eating! Let me give you an example. For lunch, you might ordinarily have…God only knows what! A ham and cheese sandwich, maybe; but, with knowing what you know now, you would probably substitute whole wheat bread for the white bread you usually use and throw in a big handful of baby greens like the ones below! Do you ever see these containers in your supermarket?
These are “super” greens–baby kale, baby spinach, chard, etc. It’s so easy to grab a handful of these and make a salad, throw them in a stir-fry with mushrooms, onions and brown rice–yes, BROWN rice, white rice means just more sugar!
Throw them in your sandwich or in an omelet with raw-milk cheese and tomatoes…they’re so easy to work with! You can even throw a handful into your smoothie or health milkshake in the morning. For details on making the health milkshake (“smoothie”), see “Tidbits part-8, Convalescence”: http://hpathy.com/homeopathy-papers/tidbits-part-8-convalescence/. Any chance you get to add greens to a meal or snack, do it! And I’ll tell you what I’ve been doing lately: Whatever I’m eating–and let’s say it’s a tuna fish sandwich–I’ll take a handful of greens and put them next to the sandwich. For every bite of the sandwich I take, I pick up a few greens and stuff them in my mouth; and here’s the thing, they have no taste! You don’t even taste them! This is why you can add them to just about anything, and imagine the benefits you’re getting!
Food that you can easily get rid of because it’s just “fun food” like cookies and potato chips? Get rid of them! For example, years ago, for a midnight snack, I might have had a piece of apple pie or a dish of ice cream. Now I’ll have, like I had last night, a chicken salad with a handful of the greens from the above container, some tomatoes with a slice of raw-milk cheese on the side–see below.
And it was really filling! What these snacks have in common is–nothing processed and nothing made of flour!!!! There is nothing here to spike your blood sugar levels but there is plenty of potassium!