Yes, its a fad to most. People talking about intermittent fasting (IF) and ketogenic diets are all the rage. And anytime there is a fad, there will be a host of naysayers. So here is what I say to you.
My family and heritage are very prone to Type 2 diabetes. Many of my family have had limb amputations due to this disease. Others suffer blindness. Most have to take daily insulin injections by needle. Others require routine kidney dialysis.
Most of all, my Dad had a very bad scare earlier this past Summer resulting in stroke like symptoms caused by insulin shock. My younger brother is also on this path. That hits way too close to home for me. I don’t want to go down that path. In fact, it scares me to death.
So yap about my diet all you want. When it comes to life and death, I’m not playing around. Low insulin sensitivity leads to insulin resistance. The best way to combat that cycle is, first, intermittent fasting and, second, a ketogenic diet. Anything you can do to quell the insulin pump is a good thing for diabetics. This means, don’t eat all the time and don’t eat sugars.
The ADA (American Dietetics Association) is in cahoots with the USDA (US Department of Agriculture) in promoting the need for grains in our diets. Any respectable dietitian is going to recommend fiber from grains in diets. Its something I am at complete odds with. They will also tell you to eat 6 smaller meals a day including fruits and grains. This is a sure path to Type 2 Diabetes. Eating constantly prods the insulin pump to keep on pumping. This is totally opposite of what a diabetic should do.
And if you are aware of this, carbohydrates of all forms are long chains of sugar molecules. Yes, bread, pasta, and all that other tasty stuff in the grain category end up as sugars. And some are the bad sugars from fruit, fructose. Fructose needs a lot of help from the liver to process it.
While every cell in the body can use glucose, the liver is the only organ that can metabolize fructose in significant amounts. When people eat a diet that is high in calories and high in fructose, the liver gets overloaded and starts turning the fructose into fat.
A bread and fruit diet is the worst thing a diabetic can do. Yet its often what many people recommend.
My diet is not something I take lightly. It is life or death for me. Its not an option. When "woke" people who live in cities tell you something, you should always reflect cautiously. When we live in excess, we make choices based on other fads that include exotic cuisines. If it wasn’t for commerce largely made possible by fossil fuels moving your kiwis, pomegranates, papaya, and passion fruit from far off places, that wouldn’t be a part of your exotic diet. Meanwhile, indigenous people learned to live off of what is regionally available. I just heard a podcast on this talking about Aboriginal culture in Australia. And despite very healthy Aboriginal diets, European settlers refused to adopt the healthy diets of the host culture.
Before you go and try to discredit what someone is doing, think first. Cautiously study. And don’t jump to conclusions without facts.