Sugar is Addictive and Causes Diabetes
I run a Facebook migraine group with thousands of members. The goal is to become migraine free, using only nutritional methods, which over the years has turned into what I call the Stanton Migraine Protocol(R). We have many discussions on foods in the group and sugar often comes up–sugar is something migraineurs should not ever eat. The members also post hundreds of testimonials into the group, which I then ask for permission to share on my testimonials page. Take a look at our success stories.
The Case of Sugar Warning
Over the years we had many discussions about the dangers associated with migraine sufferers being genetically predisposed to type 2 diabetes (T2D) and so the first thing all new members must do is quit sugar–all forms of sugar, including non-caloric sweeteners. One of the migraine members posted the above image, which caused quite a stir. Lots of discussions took place about whether anyone should “rule” what people eat or don’t eat. As part of that conversation, one of the migraineurs commented, as follows:
I have a T2D friend (who was on multiple daily insulin injections) who was shocked when I went low carb about 3 years ago and lost 15 kg for the first time in my life. She was very overweight with cardiac and DVT issues thrown in.
When she asked about my “diet” I explained it was low carb and talked about carbs spiking glucose etc and suggested it may be very helpful for her. She wouldn’t try it though as she trotted out her dietitian’s advice that she must eat 6 small servings per day of high carb food!
I hated watching her health and well-being deteriorate with her relying on that almost criminal high carb dietary advice.
Anyway her story has taken a U-turn, she saw others doing well on low-carb and decided to do it herself from Jan 2017, in 9 months she had shed over 20 kg and is off her insulin completely. She was also able to have hernia surgery which her doctors had told her would never be done with her weight and diabetes issues.
The health benefits for her have been so numerous, she’s a changed woman and back to her cheerful, healthy self.
The transformation to one’s health when cutting out refined carbs is almost miraculous!
It takes a very long time and a lot of reading and research to undo all the diet brain washing we’ve been subjected to over the past 50 or so years. It’s also going to take a long time for health care professionals to embrace drug free, lifestyle modification treatments for metabolic syndromes, which seem to be the root cause of most of the chronic disease burden these days. (emphasis added by me)
As you can see, it doesn’t take a scientist, an MD, a nurse, a dietitian, or a nutritionist to change a life! We all can totally turn our life around even by looking at what others do and see how they succeeded. By now anecdotal stories are a dime a dozen: they are everywhere! I wrote about carbs addiction here some time ago and sugar is the king of carbs.
Healthy Eating vs Dropping Sugar
Quitting sugar only, while it will certainly make you healthier, it won’t necessarily make you healthy, in general. It takes much more than just quitting sugar. That is because all processed foods have sugar in them. In addition, it isn’t just the added sugar that matters. Someone told me the other day that eating dates (a single date can have as much as 16 grams of carbs, which is 4 teaspoon of sugar equivalent) is different. So you ask: why would sugar in dates be different from sugar via teaspoon? Silence…
There is not much difference. The human body has one stomach and everything we eat ends up in there. If you eat dates or sugar, the end product of both is glucose; the body doesn’t differentiate. Equally unhealthy and bad for you and both can cause T2D.
But I Can’t Afford It
Yes you can. Eating a healthy whole food diet may seem more expensive out to grocery store door, however, you will save money on the following:
- Whole foods are more filling and so you need to eat less yo get the same amount of nutrients
- Increasing meat in your diet provides greater amount of nutrients than consuming the same nutrients in plants
- Over 40% of produce are trashed, so for the 60% you get to your table you pay for the 40% lost as well
- Processed foods use the least healthy ingredients and get you hungry all the time, making you eat more
- Seed and vegetable oils, as well as partially hydrogenated oils are all harmful for your health
- Your health compromised, you will generate hefty medical bills
- Much of the nutrition lacking in lower cost diets require you to take supplements–and they are expensive
At the end then, when you compare it all and let the dust settle on your shopping list, you will find that by using healthy whole foods (fresh unprocessed meats, seafood, high fibrous vegetables, animal fats, olive and coconut oil) and avoiding the highly processed high carbohydrate foods (breads, cereals, pastas, rice and other starches, most potatoes, most sugary fruits, all fruit juices, sodas, prepared foods, frozen foods, canned foods, sweetened foods, etc.,) you will become healthy and will have no need for medical care. The great savings will end up costing you less even if your food is a tad more expensive.
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