79.Keeping sugar levels low : Food Combining Hay Diet

The full text of the book published by Bloomsbury. Author Peter Thomson

Many populations of people all round the world have shown an explosion of diabetes and other diet related disorders when they changed from their traditional diets to a western style diet of refined foods, fat and sugar mixtures and starch and protein mixtures.

Their traditional diets were often very close to the food combining ideal. Most meals in the week were unrefined starchy vegetables, green vegetables and fruit in season. Protein meals were for most of these populations a rarity, as they were able to afford or catch only one or two per week, and the protein meal would be eaten as a special meal on its own. These populations often kept their teeth undamaged into old age.

Meals based on unrefined starchy vegetables, green vegetables and fruit are digested sufficiently slowly for there to be no damaging surge of sugars entering the bloodstream. Under these conditions diabetes rarely develops.

The first priority for an individual who may be at risk from developing diabetes is to follow the food combing diet to minimize the possibility of this condition developing and to ensure that they are not overweight, which causes problems for sugar metabolism.

If the condition has started, the food combining diet offers the strong possibility of preventing the condition from worsening, or of controlling it by diet alone. Many Asian diabetics keep their blood sugar levels under control simply because 60% of their diet is unrefined rice and pea starch. In severe cases of diabetes, four or five small starch based meals spread evenly throughout the day may be advised by your doctor.

If you think you are at risk from diabetes, or have already developed the condition, you should follow this diet under the guidance of your doctor or nutritionist. This book is not a substitute for up-to-date medical advice.