Summer Foot Care

I haven’t posted much (or at all) about diabetic foot care, though it is one of the most important aspects! Today, on one of the diabetes support groups I’m in, a member wrote the following:

“Any advice for diabetic foot care, especially spending a lot of time in a pool? As we speak, hubby is in the hospital due to a horrible infection in his toe. He wasn’t even aware of it! I noticed it and we went right to the ER. They considered removing part of the toe, but for now they are trying strong antibiotics. But, going forward, I’m wondering if he should wear something on his feet in the pool. I think it’s making the skin extra soft putting him at greater risk.”

My first thought was of my friend, Paula Edwardsen, who is a certified, licensed medical nail technologist in the state of California. I posed this question to her, and this was her response: Continue reading “Summer Foot Care”

You’ll Find a Way

I’m sorry she left our group. She started out so promising, reporting how her A1C had dropped from a dangerously high level to just barely diabetic in only four months, and stating that her goal was a normal non-diabetic A1C of 4.0-5.5%. She actively participated in the discussions, giving great ideas for recipes and snacks. She even joined The 30-day Richard Osborn Challenge to see how much she could walk every day for a month. Continue reading “You’ll Find a Way”

“Vegetarianism and Diabetes” from Adventist World

This past week one of the group members posted, “Did anyone read ‘Vegetarianism and Diabetes: What’s the Connection?’ by Peter N. Landless and Zeno L. Charles-Marcel in the April 2017 issue of Adventist World (NAD Edition) magazine?” The article begins with a question: “Much is written about diabetes and its management. I have family members who have type 2 diabetes who have been told that eating protein and fats (including meat), with low carbohydrates (starches), is helpful in prevention. Should I follow this advice?” Continue reading ““Vegetarianism and Diabetes” from Adventist World”

Articles on the Internet

One of our Facebook group members recently shared a link to a page. My guess is that she did this to initiate a discussion about articles one finds on the internet. The title of the page was “The Fat Burning Kitchen–Foods that Burn Fat, Foods that Make You Fat.” I’m not going to put the link in because I don’t want to drive any more traffic to this scammy-looking page. You’ve all seen these “infomercial” pages that begin immediately with a video and demand that you make sure your speakers are on. Then when you attempt to close the tab or window, you get a popup that makes you verify that you really want to close it. That’s very aggravating! At least this page did not have a video. Continue reading “Articles on the Internet”

Meat Analogs

big-franksThose of us who grew up Adventist know that there are many meat analogs available for those who don’t have any problem with the chemical ingredients in them and the higher carb content. Since I didn’t have to cook for potluck or church breakfast tomorrow, I spent some time this Friday afternoon researching. I have created a Page under “Specific Foods” where you can find the links that I found today (2/3/2017). Access “Meat Analogs” here.

McDougall Diet

I ran across this post in a Facebook group and decided to share it here (anonymously, of course, edited only for grammar and spelling).

ChooseVeganPlate“I was watching YouTube the other night, and now I’m struggling. Maybe someone can help. This John McDougall guy is pushing eating potatoes, rice, and corn to cure his patients, and the idea that meat and oils are bad for diabetics because they clog the arteries with fat which makes a diabetic fatter and more insulin-resistant. I’ve tried the potatoes, rice, and grains, and my blood sugars go into the 300s! People say if you eat meat that is going to clog your arteries and eventually kill you, so I’m confused on what to eat. I’m afraid I’m going to be living on vegetables only for the rest of my life!”

This post elicited three responses:

“Following John McDougall’s dietary advice is a recipe for consistently high blood sugars. As diabetics, we need to be doing the exact opposite of what he preaches–lots of meat, eggs, vegetables, and no starches.”

“The key is not eating grains of any kind, sugars, or starches like potatoes or fried foods that have flour for breading. Those are inflammatory, which cause inflamed areas in the arteries and veins. This prompts the body to send fats/cholesterol to those areas as a sort of ‘Band-Aid’ to soothe the areas. Eventually this leads to blockages.”

“Every single time that I ask those starch and high-carb diabetes diet pushers to show me the numbers, they can’t show healthy results. Cholesterol goes up; blood sugar goes up; eye, kidney, and heart damage goes up. A person last night tried to tell me that an A1C of 7% is perfectly normal. That’s like walking around with an average blood glucose of 172. You’re being wise to do your research. The fat-in-diet-causes-high-cholesterol myth has been shown to be false and you don’t have to look too hard to find it. It’s been in much mainstream health news for the last several years. McDougall is a book seller is trying to push old information. He probably thinks the earth is flat, too.”

Now I would like to ask for input from YOU, the reader, if you have tried “high-carb low-fat vegan” (such as the “Forks Over Knives” approach) and (a) have been successful in managing/reversing your diabetes with it OR (b) have NOT been successful with it. Please be specific with numbers (blood glucose, A1C, medications, etc.). Also include any non-dietary factors, such as exercise, sleep, water, etc. I look forward to reading your experience(s)!

P.S. If you are new to this blog and/or do not know what “high-carb low-fat vegan” is, please reference https://adventistvegetariandiabetics.wordpress.com/approaches-to-diabetes-management/hcnfv-high-carb-lowno-fat-vegan/.

Earth, Water, Air, and Fire

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“Classical elements” typically refer to the pre-scientific concepts in Ancient Greece, of earth, water, air, fire, and aether, which were proposed to explain the nature and complexity of all matter in terms of simpler substances. The concept of the first four “elements” has, for thousands of years, been the basis of many ideologies, from astrology to homeschooling! And if you were raised an Adventist Christian, you may have already stopped reading after just the title of this blog, having been taught that these ideas were “of the devil.” Continue reading “Earth, Water, Air, and Fire”