- Did you know that there are over 100 million North Americans affected by diabetes! Staggering statistics!
- And did you know that most people can avert or reverse both pre-diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes with dietary changes? (http://www.kraftcanada.com/en/healthy-living-ideas/Diabetes/TheFacts/FastFacts.aspx)
|Well, as my old friend Maimonides said|
"No disease that can be treated by diet should be treated with any other means".
They spoke about what's called the "plate method": your plate should contain one-half nonstarchy vegetables, one-quarter lean protein; and one-quarter slow-digesting carbs. Vegetables are crucial: eating just 1.35 servings of leafy greens a day can cut your risk by 14%; eating beans and soy reduces your risk by almost half.
And equally important is what you leave off your plate: if you're eating a diet rich in trans-fats, saturated fats and simple carbs, you actually increase your odds of diabetes.
Drinking sugar sweetened beverages can actually increase your risk by 26%.
And eating bacon can bring your risk up to 50%.
Oh, oh, ohoh, oh oh!
But to end on a high note (because I know you're all as upset by the bacon comment as I am!), they're not telling you to live the life of a Franciscan monk. The experts all say you can occasionally splurge, but they do suggest you be smart and have your "treat" on a day when you know you'll be exercising.
Me? I continue to enjoy moderate weekly weight losses; and I've been fairly/somewhat/mostly consistent in my healthy eating discipline. Sadly, however, bacon is off the menu for a couple of months. And chocolate covered bacon will probably have to wait until my birthday!