What could possibly be outrageous about eating food? Food is problematic.
We need it. It’s our fuel for survival.
But eating too much of it, to many times a day can cause problems, illnesses like diabetes.
Here are some statistics from the CDC (Center for Disease Control)
Key findings from the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014 (based on health data from 2012), include:
- 29 million people in the United States (9.3 percent) have diabetes.
- 1.7 million people aged 20 years or older were newly diagnosed with diabetes in 2012.
- Non-Hispanic black, Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaska Native adults are about twice as likely to have diagnosed diabetes as non-Hispanic white adults.
- 208,000 people younger than 20 years have been diagnosed with diabetes (type 1 or type 2).
- 86 million adults aged 20 years and older have prediabetes.
- The percentage of U.S. adults with prediabetes is similar for non-Hispanic whites (35 percent), non-Hispanic blacks (39 percent), and Hispanics (38 percent).
And WHAT you eat these days is also a challenge for some because most fast food for sue is unhealthy. The best meals are the ones you make yourself actually. I know, restaurant food is yummy .. I do have my favorites.
There’s been a lot of buzz about Keto diets recently. I’m here to tell you briefly, it works. Here’s a great article in Discover Magazine on the topic and why eating to many meals in a day, every day, actually interferes with the body’s ability to heal itself.
To simplify why Keto works is this – its choosing foods that are high in fat and very little or NO carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates break down in the body as glucose (sugar). And sugar, as you may know – too much of it can lead to Type 2 diabetes which is an epidemic.
What Keto does is change the fuel the body uses from glucose to fats for energy. Weight loss occurs fast.
The concept I want to share with you is this: Decrease the amount of times you eat in a day and decrease the amount of carbohydrates you eat. Here’s why ….
It takes 6 to 8 hours for food to digest in your stomach. What happens is you eat one meal (food is being digested). 2 or 3 hours later another meal is eaten (food is still being digested). Then lunch, snacks, dinner – and your body is still digesting food. Your body doesn’t get a break to fully digest the all the food. If you’re eating lots of carbohydrates (sugar) the glucose is piling up and your body starts to spill sugar into the blood stream because the cells can’t uptake it and leads to diabetes.
Now this can be challenging because it means changing routines and eating habits. I recommend doing one change at a time – the first being decreasing or stop using and eating anything with sugar in it.
It takes about a month for your body to adjust – and it will. You’ll experience a “withdrawal” which will pass and your body will appreciate the change. You’ll be able to taste the natural sweetness in fruit (sugar masks it somewhat).
So here’s a fantastic website I recommend with toms of education videos on Keto and low carb meal plans to help you make the change.
What may seem outrageous and crazy to do is going on a Keto meal plan. The health benefits are many – reversing diabetes for one.
Let’s discuss …