Diabetes-The Persistence of Habit Con’t

A clip from The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell:

“…“Unfortunately, misinformation and ingrained habits are wreaking havoc on our health. Our habit of eating hot dogs, hamburgers and French fries is killing us. Even Dr. James Anderson, who achieved profound results with many patients by prescribing a near-vegetarian diet, is not immune to habitual health advice. He writes, “Ideally, diets providing 70% of calories as carbohydrate and up to 70 gm fiber daily offer the greatest health benefits for individuals with diabetes. However, these diets allow only one to two ounces of meat daily and are impractical for home use for many individuals.”. Why does Professor Anderson, a very fine researcher, say that such a diet is “impractical” and thereby prejudice his listeners before they even consider the evidence?

Yes, changing your lifestyle may seem impractical. It may seem impractical to give up meat and high-fat foods, but I wonder how practical it is to be 350 pounds and have Type 2 diabetes at the age of fifteen, like the girl mentioned at the start of this chapter. I wonder how practical it is to have a lifelong condition that can’t be cured by drugs or surgery; a condition that often leads to heart disease , stroke, blindness or amputation; a condition that might require you to inject insulin into your body every day for the rest of your life.
Radically changing our diets may be “impractical,” but it might also be worth it..”

Last China Study Clip Here

Veggies & Chickpeas over Quinoa with a Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil, Rice Wine Vinegar Sauce

Tasty concoction…! Onions and garlic sautéed in dark sesame oil, add asparagus, red and yellow bell peppers, mushrooms and chickpeas, a soy sauce, dark sesame oil, rice wine vinegar and crushed red pepper mix to the pan…serve over quinoa, Yum
The recipes is Here, Enjoy!



A clip from The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell

As you can see by these findings, we can beat diabetes. Two recent studies considered a combination of diet and exercise effects on this disease.
One study placed 3,234 non-diabetic people at risk for diabetes (elevated blood sugar) into three different groups. One group, the control, received standard dietary information and a drug placebo (no effect), one received the standard dietary information and the drug metformin, and a third group received “intensive” lifestyle intervention, which included a moderately low-fat diet and exercise plan to lose at least 7% of their weight. After almost three years, the lifestyle group had 58% fewer cases of diabetes than the control group. The drug group reduced the number of cases only by 31%. Compared to the control, both treatments worked, but clearly a lifestyle change is much more powerful and safer than simply taking a drug. Moreover, the lifestyle change would be effective in solving other health problems, whereas the drug would not.
The second study also found that the rate of diabetes could be reduced by 58% just by modest lifestyle changes, including exercise, weight loss and a moderately low-fat diet. Imagine what would happen if people fully adopted the healthiest diet: a whole foods, plant-based diet. I strongly suspect that virtually all Type 2 diabetes cases could be prevented.

Previous China Study clip Here

Chickpea and Spinach Curry

Tasty curry chickpeas sautéed up and served over basmati rice..yummmmmm! If you like you can serve with a dollop of plain coconut milk yogurt to balance the earthiness flavors..but I like the earthiness😉 Enjoy! The recipe is Here


Insulin Dosage Response to Diet

Clip from The China Study, by T.Colin Campbell
“…..“In a study of fourteen lean diabetic patients, Dr. Anderson found that diet alone could lower total cholesterol levels by 32% in just over two weeks.
These benefits, representing a decrease in blood cholesterol from 206 mg/dL to 141 mg/dL, are astounding—especially considering the speed with which they appear. Dr. Anderson also found no evidence that this cholesterol decrease was temporary as long as people continued on the diet; it remained low for four years.
Another group of scientists at the Pritikin Center achieved equally spectacular results by prescribing a low-fat, plant-based diet and exercise to a group of diabetic patients. Of forty patients on medication at the start of the program, thirty-four were able to discontinue all medication after only twenty-six days. This research group also demonstrated that the benefits of a plant-based diet will last for years if the same diet is continued.
These are examples of some very dramatic research, but they only scratch the surface of all the supporting research that has been done. One scientific paper reviewed nine publications citing the use of high-carbohydrate, high-fiber diets and two more standard-carbohydrate, high-fiber diets to treat diabetic patients. All eleven studies resulted in improved blood sugar and cholesterol levels. (Dietary fiber supplements, by the way, although beneficial, did not have same consistent effects as a change to a plant-based, whole foods diet.)…”

Previous clip of The China Study Here

Curing the Incurable

Here is a new clip from The China Study, by T.Colin Campbell:

“…James Anderson, M.D., is one of the most prominent scientists studying diet and diabetes today, garnering dramatic results using dietary means alone. One of his studies examined the effects of a high-fiber, high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet on twenty-five Type 1 diabetics and twenty-five Type 2 diabetics in a hospital setting. None of his fifty patients were overweight and all of them were taking insulin shots to control their blood sugar levels.
His experimental diet consisted mostly of whole plant foods and the equivalent of only a cold cut or two of meat a day. He put his patients on the conservative, American-style diet recommended by the American Diabetes Association for one week and then switched them over to the experimental “veggie” diet for three weeks. He measured their blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels, weight and medication requirements. The results were impressive.
Type 1 diabetics cannot produce insulin. It is difficult to imagine any dietary change that might aid their predicament. But after just three weeks, the Type 1 diabetic patients were able to lower their insulin medication by an average of 40%! Their blood sugar profiles improved dramatically. Just as importantly, their cholesterol levels dropped by 30%! Remember, one of the dangers of being diabetic is the secondary outcomes, heart disease and stroke. Lowering risk factors for those secondary outcomes by improving the cholesterol profile is almost as important as treating high blood sugar.
Type 2 diabetics, unlike Type 1, are more “treatable” because they haven’t incurred such extensive damage to their pancreas. So when Anderson’s Type 2 patients ate the high-fiber, low-fat diet, the results were even more impressive. Of the twenty-five Type 2 patients, twenty-four were able to discontinue their insulin medication! Let me say that again. All but one person were able to discontinue their insulin medication in a matter of weeks!
One man had a twenty-one-year history of diabetes and was taking thirty-five units of insulin a day. After three weeks of intensive dietary treatment, his insulin dosage dropped to eight units a day. After eight weeks at home, his need for insulin shots vanished.”

Previous China Study Clips Here

Pan Seered Polenta w/Chipotle Black Beans, Guacamole & Cilantro

A friend of mine that flies for the same airline i fly for, though he’s a Captain(!), sent this to me yesterday “Visited Monticello today with my crew and saw this quote by Jefferson & I thought of you – ‘Anticipating healthy living advice that would be extolled 2 centuries later, Jefferson wrote “I have lived temperately, eating little animal food, and that…as a condiment for the vegetables which constitute my principal diet” ‘ ”
If you struggle with going completely plant based, T.Colin Campbell author of The China Study, too, recommends animal products 10% or less resulting in the same health benefits.
Thank you John for sharing Jefferson🙂

This is a hit of an appetizer and SO Fresh, SO Easy!

Slice and brown a tube of polenta in a skillet in olive oil, or veggie broth if you want to save calories.

Then drain and rinse a can of black beans, mix with a jar of chipotle salsa, top with guacamole and fresh cilantro, Voila!

The smoky black bean, cool guacamole, fresh cilantro combo atop the browned polenta…YUM!!
The recipe is Here, Enjoy!