Listen up folks with Type 2 diabetes! Do you want to lose weight, improve your blood lipids and cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, decrease your medication and stop giving yourself those insulin injections? We know those shots can’t be fun. They just plain hurt.
A couple of fascinating studies concluded that a low carbohydrate ketogenic diet could help you throw those needles away for good. In 24 weeks, those who followed a low carbohydrate ketogenic diet with less than 20 grams of carbohydrates a day compared to the other group who followed a low calorie, low glycemic diet showed some fantastic “food as medicine” results. Both groups showed improvements in the hemoglobin A1C (3-month snapshot of your blood sugar), weight loss, fasting insulin, fasting glucose, triglycerides, LDL-Cholesterol and HDL-Cholesterol. But the ketogenic group had almost double the weight loss and much better improvements in their labs than the other group. However, what was truly striking was that the ketogenic group participants were able to greatly reduce or eliminate their oral diabetic meds (even at the beginning of the study) and over 95% were even able to eliminate the need for those insulin shots.
This is a true Food as Medicine Experience (F.A.M.E.). Keep in mind you will need to work closely with your physician while adhering to a ketogenic diet. Your blood sugar will drop, so your physician will need to adjust your medication accordingly.
The “pill” that initially seems the most difficult to swallow is limiting carbohydrates to 20 grams per day. But not to worry, Dorignac’s makes it easy with tags on their special ketogenic foods throughout the store. Check out the recipe from last week which only has 5 grams of net carbs. One product I especially love is Miracle Noodle and Rice which is made from the konjac plant and it was developed by the Buddhist monks well over 1,400 years ago. It only has 1 gram of carbohydrates per serving compared to 26 grams for regular pasta, so go ahead have two servings! It is simply made of water, soluble fiber (which is a bonus because it feeds your gut microbiome) and lime juice. But, the texture is PASTA. It’s a miracle!! And you don’t even need to cook it.
Here is a quick meal idea: Sear some scallops in ghee. Add sliced up fennel, shallots, garlic and shitake mushrooms. In the last minute add some ground fennel seeds, red chili flakes, lemon juice and fresh parsley. Drain the miracle noodle, microwave it for one minute or parboil for 2-3 minutes then top with the above. If you have two servings of Miracle Noodle, you still have 18 grams of carbohydrates left for the day. You see, eating less than 20 grams of carbohydrates is not really a hard a pill to swallow! And it’s a whole lot easier than giving yourself shots. Bon Appetite!