According to statistics, around 9.3 percent of adults in the U.S. have type 2 diagnosis. But, there are also many people who have type 2 diabetes, and they are not aware of it. Based on estimations, more than 30 percent of the population has type 2 diabetes.
But they are not aware that they have it. The inevitable questions come: “How come so many Americans have type 2 diabetes?”, “Why they don’t know?”
Well, according to Angela A Stanton, Ph.D., the problems of people who have diabetes start way before they get the disease. According to her, food plays a significant role here.
According to Angela A Stanton, if you take a look at the food which is found in grocery stores, you will discover that around 80 percent of stores are full of commercially prepared foods.
Such foods are prepared lunch meals, cereals, flour, bread, canned foods, sugar, cooking oils, frozen pre-cooked foods, popcorn, juices, crackers, soft drinks, veggie or potato chips, candy, healthy bars and dried fruits.
Fresh products such as fresh poultry, dairy, seafood, and meat are only 10 %. The food products which are commercially processed are actually the cheapest, and on the other hand the fresh meat, dairy, and products are expensive.
Angela says that people buy according to their budget. Therefore, most people choose the prepared foods since they are convenient and cheaper. Due to the fast pace of life, people chose to re-heat and not cook.
This might be a time saver, but it certainly isn’t a health saver. Angela says that the money we choose to save on food will eventually end up in pharmaceuticals and medical institutions since most commercially prepared foods can make you sick.
The most readily available and cheapest foods lead to type 2 diabetes. There are 3 macronutrients, fats, carbs, and protein.
There is more protein in whole foods such as unprocessed fish and meats in comparison to processed foods such as hot dogs and sausages.
People need to eat protein in order to survive. Why? Because proteins have amino acids which make some of the most vital macronutrient elements of the body. Protein is vital for bodybuilding, and for the body and brain to survive and function.
There are many amino acids which are nonessential. That means that the body can produce them. However, there are others which are essential. That means that people must consume them since the body is not able to produce them.
You should know that all nonessential amino acids convert to sugar, and some essential amino acids transform to ketones only. And they are other essential amino acids which transform either to ketones or glucose according to the dietary need.
More than 50 percent of the amino acids convert to sugar. Sugar is part of the carbs family which is another macronutrient.
Carbs are nonessential nutrients, according to Angela people can live healthy lives without carbs.
They are found in the following foods: alcohol, candy, sugar of all kinds this includes honey, seeds, fruits, legumes, vegetables, juices, grains, all foods with sugar such as pastries and cookies.
Carbs are made from galactose, starches, lactose, glucose, and fructose. Because protein is vital and more than 50 percent of protein transforms to sugar, carbs are nonessential since you can make sugar without them.
The carbs have a big role when it comes to type 2 diabetes since they offer unnecessary and excess sugar.
Although some people have genetic predispositions for type 2 diabetes, even these people can prevent it if they avoid carbs.
Fats are the only nutrients which don’t transform into sugar. The fat remains fat, and it is a vital nutrient in the body made of fatty acids, all of which are vital such as omega 6 and omega 3.
From all macronutrients above mentioned, only the carbs pose an issue for management of insulin, and the lack of suitable insulin management causes type 2 diabetes.
According to the general population and many medical professionals, people who have type 2 diabetes are obese. But this is not true. And that is why this thinking is a problem when it comes to diagnosis.
Angela believes that the confusion comes from the misunderstanding of the progression towards type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes begins when an individual is thin and doesn’t care about the food choices he/she makes. Type 2 diabetes occurs due excessive amount of insulin in response to too much sugar, which cannot be delivered to the liver.
When the cells in the body don’t respond correctly to the insulin that is insulin resistance. Once the liver has reached its limit, it cannot pack more sugar in it. What the liver does is that it refuses the attempts of insulin. This is known as insulin resistance.
One person might have insulin resistance at 11 years old, and not be aware of it until the same person is 35 years old. The person will suddenly experience neuropathy with hurting feet or get dizzy and shaky in case the food is 5 minutes late.
There are 2 ways the insulin resistance might be manifested. One way which is the most common is often being hungry with high blood glucose. This type is known by the name hyperinsulinemia.
The other is known by the name reactive hypoglycemia. It manifests by feeling nauseous, shaky, cold sweaty and dizzy. The blood glucose drops below the pre-meal starting blood glucose shortly after a meal.
According to Angela A Stanton, you can. Insulin resistance is actually excess insulin in response to higher dietary sugar (the sugar spikes insulin). So if you stop consuming the foods which provide instant sugar access or more sugar than necessary you might prevent it.
Angela A Stanton suggests avoiding all sweets with any color or shape, honey, sugar, all foods which contain sweeteners, juices whether sweetened or not, 90 percent of fruits and all tropical fruits.
In addition, she suggests avoiding all vegetables which are grown below the ground such as carrots and potatoes, pseudo-cereals such as quinoa, cereals, peanuts, starches instead of flour, corn.
Moreover, rice, all pasta and bread of all grain types, this includes whole seeds and whole grain, legumes, fermented alcohols, and oats.
Increase the intake of dark green leafy veggies, eggs, animal fats, meats. You can eat tomatoes, zucchini, squashes, bell peppers, and cucumbers. Also, you can eat low-carb veggies such as cauliflower and broccoli.
You should consume only strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. On special occasions, you can eat a small serving of cantaloupe or orange.
You should avoid all other fruits. In addition, you need to increase healthy dairy with full fat, for cooking you can use animal fats. Animal fats are pure pork lard, ghee and butter, bacon drippings, beef tallow and poultry fat.
According to Angela A Stanton, you can. In fact, one person claims that Angela’s advice helped her with that.
“So looking back Aug 31st was my last low blood sugar [reactive hypoglycemia] day, yay! I followed Angela Stanton’s advice and did the zero carbs program for 6 days; I have reintroduced carbs back now, up to almost my norm for the ketogenic diet and still no low blood sugar!! I’m ecstatic! I have the bruised fingertips as proof of all the poking (I was actually eye spying my toes as an alternative ) for me the increase in protein was the key. I realized I was not eating enough before. So for those of you struggling with reactive hypoglycemia, this is the answer.” –LM 9/6/2017
This person ate only fat and protein. What do you think about Angela’s view on insulin resistance and food?