Natural Food Remedies for Diabetes Management
Follow your doctor's advice and be sure to have small frequent meals. Try and limit high glycemic, refined, or processed carbohydrate foods. Reduce salt in your diet by examining all food labels at the supermarket, before you make that final decision to purchase a particular product. Increase beans in your diet, which reduce the rise in blood sugar after meals and delay the drop in blood sugar later. Peanuts keep blood sugar levels down and you may like to consider having them as snacks instead of other types of processed foods. Buckwheat, millet, quinoa grains are all beneficial for your well being. Try and follow a traditional diet as much as possible.
Garlic – enhances the secretion of insulin, can help lower blood sugar, stimulates the secretion of digestive enzymes thus enhancing absorption of nutrients
Green String Beans – rich in silica and hormones similar to insulin
Jerusalem artichoke – high in a starch called inulin, which does not break down in the digestive process to form glucose, which makes it an ideal food for diabetics.
Onions – contains quercetin which helps with diabetic retinopathy
Cinnamon - Half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day significantly reduces blood sugar levels in diabetics, according to a new study. The reduction of sugar levels, can be produced just by soaking a cinnamon stick in your cup of tea, and may also benefit millions of non-diabetics who have a blood sugar problem, but are unaware of it. The discovery was first made by Richard Anderson at the US Department of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Research Center in Beltsville, Maryland. The active ingredient in cinnamon turned is a water-soluble polyphenol compound known as MHCP. In test tube experiments, MHCP mimics insulin, activates its receptor, and works synergistically with insulin in cells. Powdered cinnamon may be sprinkled onto toast, cereal, juice,smoothies and other beverages.
Raw foods stimulate the pancreas and increase insulin production. Juices are concentrated forms of vitamins and minerals in a form easy for the body to assimilate.
Apple – Regulates blood sugar levels. Lowers blood cholesterol and blood pressure.
Celery – helps to balance sodium and potassium levels, natural diuretic.
Cucumber – contains a hormone needed by the cells of the pancreas to produce insulin. Aids in the elimination of toxins and uric acid through the kidneys.
Maintain blood sugar levels by eating 5-6 small meals a day with protein and fiber and a varied diet. Reduce caffeine, soda, alcohol, cigarettes, white flour products and of course, sugar. Exercise moderately, at least 3 times a week. Our ancestors didn't hang in front of the TV set or drive all over the place. Think back to their years on this earth and try living a more traditional life style. Leave your car at home and walk as much as possible. Turn off the TV and learn new sports. Develop active hobbies which will help prolong your life. Stay away from too many processed foods and try out all kinds of native recipes.
|A River of Recipes: Native American
Recipes Using Commodity Foods
Description: Provides many recipes of interest to Native Americans incorporating foods that are distributed through Commodity Foods Programs. Also has information on food safety and food measurements.
Format: Internet Source
Year Published or Produced: 2003
User Group: Consumers, Professionals
Availability: Availble in PDF format for viewing or printing through organization Web site.
Guts and Grease: The Diet of Native Americans by Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig,
"Eat your vegetables" is a favorite saying of mothers everywhere -- not just parents of children with diabetes. In fact, adding more vegetables to your meals is a great idea for everyone and the holidays are a perfect time to get started. We all want to dress the table with plenty of tempting treats. Often the menu’s vegetable section has the fewest options of all. Vegetables are a wonderful source of vitamins and minerals. Most vegetables are low in carbohydrates, making them great choices for children with diabetes.
Although vegetables are great sources of vitamins and minerals, some vegetables really belong in the "starch" section of the food pyramid. Watch out for potatoes, corn, and other starchy vegetables because they are high in carbohydrate and raise blood glucose levels more than leafy greens and other veggie options. Talk to your diabetes educator or dietitian if you have any questions about which vegetables fall into this "high carb" category.
For a complete listing of carbohydrate counts in foods, check out our book, The Diabetes Carbohydrate and Fat Gram Guide. The USDA also has an online Nutrient Database you can search or download to learn the carbohydrate counts and serving sizes for many foods. Click here to learn more.
Asparagus is a good vegetable choice because it is high in vitamins A and C, low in fat, and a good source of fiber. Another great option is any type of squash. Squash can be eaten year round because there are winter varieties as well as summer ones. Summer squash has soft outer rinds (like zucchini). Winter squash has hard outer rinds (like pumpkin). Squash contains vitamin A, C, some B vitamins, iron and calcium. Winter squash is especially high in vitamin A. Whether you serve steamed or grilled zucchini (squash) as a side dish or as a main part of your meal, it's a very nutritious addition to your menu planning.
Also, a good rule of thumb with vegetables is that healthy meals are made up of colorful foods. Bright colors in natural foods like tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, and green vegetables mean they contain antioxidants -- food substances that help prevent disease. The deeper the color, the more nutritious the food.
The next time you think you don't have the time to eat properly, remember that vegetables are among the most convenient foods around. You can cook most vegetables in just a few minutes if you steam, stir-fry, or microwave them. "
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Links to Sites on Diabetic Recipes
http://www.aaip.com/resources/diabetes.html (NDN recipes and health info)
(click on these links to read them)
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