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Here's a Real Success Story of a Diabetic Weight Loss Diet that Can Help You Achieve Normal Blood Sugar Levels***

Updated 2-2-13 - Here's a success story where a diabetic diet completely controlled high blood sugar levels plus, my friend lost 30 pounds in just 5 months.***  He was 75 years old at the time, is diabetic and needed to take regular insulin shots.  He had moderate neuropathy, which was much improved with this program.

With his doctor's approval, he decided to try a high protein, low carbohydrate diabetic diet along with an exercise program. His exercise program included walking for 1/2 hour three times a week and working out with weights at a gym twice a week for about 40 minutes.  Within only 3 months, he was completely off of insulin and he had normal blood sugar levels!

Exactly what was this remarkable diabetic diet that he followed? 

Well, it was a low carbohydrate, modified version of the Atkins or South Beach diets. He ate protein with each meal (check with your doctor if you have kidney problems), completely avoided simple carbohydrates (sugar, refined flour products, potatoes, corn, candy, sodas, refined rice and cereals) and ate very little fruit. 

The low carbohydrate, but high fiber diabetic diet he followed included blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and apples along with lots of raw and cooked vegetables (especially salads).  He said it was very easy to follow the diet because after the first few days, he no longer craved excess food.

The Diet He Used

His diabetic weight loss breakfast included 1 egg (poached or boiled is best) with a piece of apple, 1/2 grapefruit or a few berries and coffee or tea (no sugar or milk) - no bread, toast or cereal.  He also took 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed in a glass of water (you could add this to your salad as an alternative).  You could also have a diabetic smoothie.  For other breakfast protein options see lunch for examples.

Lunch on his diabetic diet included protein foods such as sautéed salmon (wild caught is best), sardines, white meat chicken, turkey breast, lean beef, lean pork or non-fat cottage cheese with a green salad (salad dressing was olive oil and lemon juice or vinegar with seasonings added).  The protein serving was about 4 ounces (the size of the palm of your hand). 

The diabetic diet dinner included a protein food (see lunch choices) plus a salad and two green, yellow or red vegetables.  Again, a piece of apple or a few berries were allowed. Here are a few examples of vegetables for this diet (raw or cooked) - asparagus, artichoke, fennel, lettuce, peppers, tomatoes, avocados, green beans, broccoli, cabbage, kale, summer squash, green beans, snap peas, green soy beans, collards, parsley, swiss chard, cilantro, turnip and cauliflower (avoid potatoes, corn and peas).

He also took a daily fiber supplement (1 teaspoon psyllium in a large glass of water an hour or two after dinner).  Be careful when taking psyllium to consume plenty of water and start with a small amount to prevent digestive difficulties.  On this diabetes diet, my friend's blood sugar was completely controlled, he needed no insulin and lost 30 pounds.  But best of all, he felt fantastic!

*** If you want to try a diabetes diet like this, consult your physician, especially if you have kidney problems.  Also, your medication may require adjustment and you could suffer from symptoms of low blood sugar.

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