There are many new moms working on losing the baby weight on PEERtrainer, and we talk to a lot of you in our Tip Of The Day weight loss program. This is probably the most overwhelmed you will ever be in your life and often people are not really prepared. And you really can't be- especially if it is your first. And in some ways your second child can be even more of an unexpected jolt!
We have started to see questions from people who have diabetes, metabolic syndrome or pre-diabetes who want to know what kinds of meals they should be eating. Usually in a situation like this we would answer with a boilerplate "you have to ask your doctor" kind of thing.
PEERtrainer Diet Blog
This is what we do at PEERtrainer- we help people make massive change, one step at a time, and we base this all in the reality of how people really live. Just start to mix up your patterns. Do one thing this week, just one thing. If you approach each week like this, you will make massive changes over time that will stun your doctor. It is also really important that if you follow any of the steps below and you start to lose weight, go to your doctor immediately to make sure your medications are in the proper dosage.
Step 1: Glycemic Control and Portion Control
Step 2: Get Massive Motivation and Support
Step 3: Begin The Path To Nutritional Excellence
Metformin is one of the most popular anti-diabetic drugs and one of the most prescribed drugs overall in the United States. The drug has been around for over half a century and is effective in suppressing glucose production with relatively few immediate side effects. But long term use is likely to result in early death and many people think that they are "healthy" now that they are on this drug.
Given the serious complications of Type 2 diabetes, a drug like this is highly likely to be prescribed by a doctor to treat the symptoms. The causes of Type 2 diabetes are largely dietary and one will want to make changes in their diet over time which can lead to tremendous improvement in how you feel and how much energy you have.
Am I Going To Have Type 2 Diabetes The Rest Of My Life?
There appear to be a lot of people heavily invested in the idea that Type 2 Diabetes is something you have to have the rest of your life. If you go to a site like WebMD and look up "healthy diet for a type 2 diabetic" you may come across this article in which someone named Hope Warshaw is interviewed.
She states that:
"You're going to have diabetes for the rest of your life."
From what we have started to observe at PEERtrainer, this appears to be an incorrect assumption. It is extremely hard to make dietary changes given social pressure and the inadequate advice of organizations like the American Diabetes Association. There is strong evidence emerging that with the right diet, one can reverse Type 2 diabetes.
"Can" is the most important word here, because it is very difficult to do so. But it can be done, if one follows a diet that includes very high levels of plant based foods. There is this idea out there that one just needs to take their diabetes meds, eat a "reasonable" diet and all is well. Here is the reality of the situation:
If you have Type 2 diabetes, one thing to focus on is replacing animal protein with vegetable protein over time. People typically consume too much animal protein, which is especially hard on diabetics.
There are a series of steps that if followed are highly likely to help improve your condition. We outline a three step process to follow in addition to or to augment what your doctor recommends if you are diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.