Last night I watched an amazing documentary exploring the concept of incorporating a raw food diet to reverse diabetes. While I am certainly not an expert on raw food diets or suggesting any medical advice, I think it’s an important to understand how diet effects not only our body composition but diseases that can be directly related to obesity. I want to explore the definition of diabetes, explain how low glycemic foods and diet can benefit your weightloss goals and my thoughts specifically on the documentary.
1. What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a defect in the body’s ability to convert glucose or sugar into energy. Glucose is the main source of fuel for our bodies and in order for glucose to be transferred from the blood stream to our cells, the hormone Insulin is required. Our Pancreas is the organ that produces Insulin and individuals are diagnosed as diabetic when this process is dysfunctional. This means that their bodies (or pancreas) are not able to produce insulin sufficiently and blood sugar levels spiral out of control. There are two “types” of Diabetes:
Type 1 Diabetes – is found most frequently in young adults and children although it is not limited to these age groups. Studies suggest a genetic correlation to type 1 diabetes and it accounts for 5-10% of all cases in the United States.
Type 2 Diabetes – accounts for 90-95% of all diabetes cases and generally affects adults, however it appears to be afflicting children and higher rates. What causes type 2 diabetes? According to the CDC obesity and physical inactivity are the primary causes! This means that diet and lifestyle choices can directly effect Type 2 Diabetics!
2. What Are Low Glycemic Foods?
When we ingest food our bodies break it down to form glucose. The speed at which a certain food break down into glucose is called the Glycemic Index, and it is scored on a scale of 100, whereas 100 represents pure glucose.
High Glycemic Foods include breads, starchy foods like potatoes and sweet, fruit juices, and soda. Low glycemic foods include complex carbohydrates like oatmeal, beans and vegetables and proteins.
When too much of our diet consists of low glycemic foods our blood sugar spikes continuously and erratically. This can then lead to insulin resistance which can result in Type 2 Diabetes. It is also the main contributor to obesity and packing on the pounds! When the blood sugar drops, your brain cues you to eat more. Poor diets that consist of processed foods with little nutritional value not only throw our blood sugar and insulin levels out of whack, they actually make us eat more! Welcome to America… the fattest country on Earth!
3. About the Documentary Film “Simply Raw : Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days”
In my opinion, this film needs to be viewed by anyone and everyone who has health and fitness goals in mind! If you are one of millions of Americans afflicted with diabetes or have a friend or loved one who is, you need to watch it to understand just how closely our lifestyle choices can cause ailments of the body and disease! The movie follows six Americans who suffer from diabetes and challenges them to adopt a raw foods diet for 30 days. Whether or not you choose to believe in the claim that diabetes can be reversed by diet choices alone need not be of concern to be touched by this story! Even if you just want to lose a couple holiday pounds or even sculpt that six pack, this film will help you understand the important relationship between diet and body composition as well.
About Riley Daye
Riley Daye is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Lifestyle and Weightloss Consultant. He is a Los Angeles Personal Trainer and Lifestyle Consultant who specializes in Weight Loss and Sport Specific Training. Contact Riley to schedule a private consultation.