Someone told me the other day that diabetes was an inevitable eventuality in their lives.
It never occurred to me that people don’t realize how preventable it is. Whether diabetes is in your family or you see it as a disease that affects random people, it CAN be prevented.
Diet plays a major role in how your body responds to disease. You can and should see your body as an investment into your future. What you do today will affect what ailments you deal with decades from now.
Diabetes is no exception. Here are ways to prevent this disease from ruining your life later on.
- Stop Eating Processed Sugar
I know what you’re thinking. Another diet rule that you just don’t think you can do. Actually you can. Let me explain why.
The processed sugar you eat is in more foods than you realize. You’ve become addicted to these foods, and that’s understandable. High fructose corn syrup is present in cereals, commercial bread, yoghurt and even health bars & fruit juices.
It doesn’t feel like it right now, but you can quit these destructive foods. Sugar is what causes diabetes. You may be more prone to get it because of your genetics, but that’s no excuse to eat like you want.
Quit the bread, the corn flakes and the so-called health bars. They won’t do you any good years from now. It’s time to switch to healthier options. I’m going to show you how.
- Replace Sugar with Yummy Substitutes
It takes two days to kill a sugar addiction. Yes that’s all.
But don’t be fooled… it’s HARD.
During those two days you will crave starchy foods, sugary treats and probably potato chips. I’m not asking you to go on a diet. I’m just asking you to quit sugar & starch for two days.
It’s not a diet… it’s a detox! Get it out of your system and you’ll be amazed at how drastically those cravings drop.
If your sweet tooth bothers you during this time, be prepared to replace sugar with other options. Here’s a list for you:
- Honey! Make sure it’s non-irradiated
- Stevia. It’s very sweet, but you only need a small amount
- Fruit. Fruit has natural sugars in it and will help curb your cravings
- Maple syrup. Not maple flavoured syrup, okay?
Stay away from artificial sweeteners like xylitol and aspartame.
It’s only two days. You can do it!
- Hit the Road
I don’t know if you’re fat, skinny or somewhere in between. Whatever your size, you’re probably mobile in some way.
I don’t care if you walk, crawl or drag yourself across the floor. Get moving!
Get off your couch or out of your bed and hit the road. Go for a walk every day. Even if it’s just around the block. Move your body a little each day and gradually increase the speed and distance at which you do so.
Exercise is an effective enemy against diabetes. Move a little more every day and you’ll make it hard for this disease to settle in.
- Start Modifying Your Coffee
If you’re anything like me, you love a cup of Joe in the morning.
Did you know that you can use your coffee to fight diabetes? It takes a few slight modifications, but they’re really small and easy to get used to.
First of all, stop drinking sugar in your coffee. If you must drink sugar, make sure it’s raw brown sugar. A better option is honey or stevia. If you don’t like sweet coffee or can do without the sweetness, even better.
Here are some further modifications to make:
- Add a tablespoon of coconut oil to your coffee. Coconut oil has been shown to drastically reduce the risk of diabetes.
- Add a quarter teaspoon of turmeric to your coffee. It adds a pleasant spicy tinge to your coffee that you’ll soon grow to appreciate. Turmeric is also great at combating all sorts of diseases—including diabetes.
- Add a dollop of grass fed butter to your coffee. It’s a great way to cream up your coffee and give it a great flavor. Butter is also effective at reducing the risk of getting diabetes.
- Add honey & cinnamon to your coffee. It’s a warm, comforting drink that many have quickly gotten addicted to.
- Go Foraging
Do you like berries? Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries… they’re all very good for you.
Berries are tasty and sweet, but they’re very effective at curbing the effects and onset of diabetes.
Find your favorite kind of berry and stock up. Snack on them every day if you can. You’ll soon reap the benefits, such as:
- Lower cholesterol
- Increased energy
- Lower blood pressure
- Fight cancer
- Switch to Butter
Do you use margarine in your home? Throw it away right now! I’ll wait while you do.
Phew, okay. Good. The trans fatty acids in margarine can significantly increase your chances of developing diabetes.
Grass fed butter is your new best friend. Use it instead of margarine and do yourself a favor… NEVER eat margarine again!
- An Apple a Day
Sometimes I think we don’t pay enough attention to those old sayings. Do you agree?
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
Hmmm… so true. Apples are a miracle fruit. They mitigate diabetes if you have it, and prevent it from coming on if you don’t.
Create the habit of eating one apple a day and you’ll be relatively safe from this destructive and uncomfortable disease.
You don’t need to take medication to stop diabetes from entering your life. If you gradually change your eating habits, you’ll be surprised at how successful you’ll be at keeping diabetes at bay.