Should I Eat Fruit?
What About Grains, Starches and Legumes?
What I am about to write may be shocking to some. However, there are those that really NEED this information. So, I’m putting it out there. If you are overweight or have diabetes (including pre-diabetes), FRUIT IS NOT YOUR FRIEND! Yes, I know that fruit has vitamins, minerals, and is a nutritious, natural food. But if you are overweight or diabetic, then the price you would have to pay (weight gain, elevated blood glucose) to get those nutrients, IS TOO HIGH. It is NOT worth it. Now, if you are of normal weight, active, and insulin sensitive (the big key here), fruit may be ok for you. (Although you may find a lessened ability to tolerate it later in life.)
There are many out there who think that there should be no restriction on plant foods of any kind. So to those folks I say, if a banana causes a blood glucose of 300, should it be restricted? How about 200? For those that are blessed being insulin sensitive, which is in fact a VERY small part of the population, they often cannot remotely fathom what fruit does to the rest of us.
What if your diet includes lots of fruit and you say “I feel great! I am a healthy weight. This must be healthy for me.” I say, test your blood glucose, even if you are not diabetic. I have many diabetic clients who say they feel their best when their blood glucose is in the 200’s range. High blood glucose is insidious. Your body adapts to it. It can be going on for years with no knowledge to the sufferer. So we cannot go by just how we feel on our diet, but we need to determine what our diet is actually doing to us. If you are not diagnosed with diabetes and you want to see if fruit is ok for you, first, eat the fruit, Then test your blood glucose about 45 minutes to 1 hour later. If it stays normal, rejoice and eat fruit!! (I’d continue to periodically check over the years). But for those that are overweight or with diabetes, fruit is just not a good choice. Don’t get me wrong, it makes me sad too. I once loved fruit. But I love my heart, brain, kidneys, liver, feet and eyes more.
Enjoy this video from Dr. Sarah Hallberg who explains this concept nicely… HERE.
How About Grains?
What are grains? Predominantly, it is foods made with wheat, oats (and other grains), rice and corn. So this includes ALL products made with flour (including wheat and white), such as bread and pasta, oatmeal and grits, plus corn and corn products, as well as rice (brown or white).
For the same reasons above, if you are overweight or pre-diabetic/diabetic, GRAINS ARE NOT YOUR FRIEND! PARTICULARLY gluten containing grains. Gluten is a HIGHLY inflammatory substance and sets in motion a host of inflammatory diseases, including autoimmune diseases. Most grains are higher on the glycemic index than table sugar itself, meaning, most grain products will raise your blood sugar higher than SUGAR.
Corn is the largest genetically modified food crop. Genetically modified foods have also been linked to a host of inflammatory responses.
For your health, please consider total grain elimination.
This book can help you see the importance of taking this important step for your health HERE
The follow up book about healing after grain removal is HERE
How About Starches?
What are starches? Starches are typically vegetables that grow below ground, like potatoes and root vegetables. While there are excellent nutrients in starches, for the same reasons as above, if you are overweight or pre-diabetic/diabetic, starches are NOT your friend (with the exception of resistant starches, which I will discuss in another article.)
Use extreme caution with starches.
How About Legumes?
What are legumes? Legumes include foods like beans, peas, and lentils. While there are excellent nutrients in legumes, as well as some protein (and some resistant starches), for the same reasons as above, if you are overweight or pre-diabetic/diabetic, legumes are NOT your friend. Legumes are very hard on the digestive system. Some of these digestive issues can be alleviated with proper preparation. However, the high carbohydrate content in these foods make legumes a less than ideal food choice.
Use extreme caution with legumes.*
*Peanuts are technically not a nut, but a legume. Digestive issues are not typically seen with eating peanuts, nor are peanuts high in carbohydrates as other legumes are. Some find peanuts to be an appropriate part of their whole food diet.
Remember, the KEY to long term health and avoidance of chronic disease, is control of blood glucose. There is an abundance of nutritious, delicious food choices that can allow you to minimize blood sugar. Your nutritional needs can be completely met by eliminating any or all of these foods from your diet.
Good health to you!