Healthy Diets for a type 1 Diabetic

By Inrvizion Latest Reply 2011-09-29 19:28:22 -0500
Started 2011-08-07 13:48:04 -0500

I have had type 1 Diabetes for 23 years since I was 3 years old. I have eaten a lot of different healthy diets but I honestly have trouble sticking to them. I would like to know what are some of you doing in terms of diets? I want to know what you eat only if it is working well for you, I am particularly interested in anyone eating an all Raw or at least 60% raw diet, the Green Faces diet, Paleolithic diet, or anything extremely healthy like that. Also if you have not seen a movie called "Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days" please watch it - I am type 1 so I have always told myself probably as an excuse that this would not work for me, but I can tell you without a doubt and not just from the people in this video but from talking to people firsthand who had type 2 and have done this diet that eating a balanced and nutritious diet that is composed of 100% raw foods will help you to recover from Type 2 and put you in a place where you will not need to take insulin or oral insulin medications. Give it a peek - -

Hope to start a spirited discussion with this one.


16 replies

kristin4health 2011-08-13 23:03:31 -0500 Report

I used the Green Faces Diet for awhile and even blogged for the full 21 days that I did it! You're welcome to check out my website and if you have any questions, I'll do my best to answer them. Good luck!

anderson74 2011-08-08 16:45:41 -0500 Report

hi , your discussion caught my eye so i will like for you to know that i found out october of last year that i was a diabetic and i just now accept being a diabetic so i just eat less then i was eaten.even though i find out in oct of last year this is new to me still. i still have trouble trying to read how many carbs along with giving up drinking sodas along with everthing else that is unhealth.

Type1Lou 2011-08-08 12:27:43 -0500 Report

To use the term CURE for any diabetic diet is inaccurate at best. While adjustments in diet and exercise can reduce, and in some cases eliminate, medications used in treating diabetes, there is no CURE for the underlying causes of the disease. Right now,(to the best of my knowledge), other than a pancreatic transplant, nothing will make a type 1 diabetic produce insulin. As a type 1, however, I can reduce the amount of insulin required by my body through judicious food and exercise choices. A type 2 may be able to eliminate their diabetic symptoms by making the right food and exercise choices. But, if they revert to their old habits, their diabetes will return…it is not CURED…it is under control. Sorry to harp on the semantics but the claims of a CURE can be cruelly misleading.

jayabee52 2011-08-08 01:57:10 -0500 Report

Howdy Russell
I am type 2 since 1995. I have been on Metformin, than on NPH insulin since Nov 2006. But I had figured out I do have sufficient insulin from my pancreas to control my diabetes without diabetes meds, by my meal choices alone.

I am following a self-made eating plan which is very low carb and high protein and have been doing so since Feb 2011. My BG numbers are at or close to the normal ranges. My A1c from May 2011 was 5.5, and I have lost 40+ lbs since Feb.

The 100% raw food eating plan does not appeal to me due to the fact that I do not like raw meat all that well, and indeed it can be dangerous to eat raw meat. (I must admit here, that I have not YET looked at the video, but plan to do that soon.)

But I do wonder about the title. What does it mean to "reverse" diabetes? Does that mean that they intend for it to completely go away? Or do they envision backing diebetes off a bit so that it may not be gone, but easier to control.

I was fortunate. My pancreas functioned well enough to manage my BG values and keep close to the normal ranges IF I ate a low carb / high protein meal plan.

But I read of some folks here who are Dx'd T 2s but who are defacto T 1s in all but diagnosis. They are on what seems to be to me Megadoses of insulin. My bride Jem who was T 2 used tov take 60 U of NPH and sliding scales of 2 different insulins. Her mother also a T 2, took 80+ U of NPH and a sliding scale of R. And then there are people here on DC who use a lot of insulins of all kinds, and what compared to what I had been taking in Dec 2010 (17 U AM, 15 U PM) seems to me like megadoses.

In my opinion (FWIW) those people on large doses of insulin, will probably not back off on their insulin needs signifigantly.

Blessings on you and yours Russell!


PS I'll have to wait on viewing that video till I get my headphones, as I write this from a library and the external speakers are muted, but I will look at it.

Inrvizion 2011-08-08 09:18:09 -0500 Report

I don't know personally I haven't talked to anyone about their doses that they were on before they started eating this diet but some of the people in the video I believe are on very high doses of long and short acting. By reversing diabetes they mean to literally make it so that one does not require any insulin oral or otherwise in order to control their blood glucose. They mean to basically "cure" diabetes, although I can see why they would not say this as when it hit the news it would be touted as some hippy raw foodist b/s that actually required work on our part as opposed to the cures that we are used to such as taking a pill / having a surgery.

I honestly encourage anyone who has the desire and the willingness to try eating a balanced raw food diet like the one they eat in this video. Give it a try, hell I tried it, I'm type 1 and even though my diet was heavy on the fruit, it cut my insulin requirements in more than half in a period of about 2 weeks. I just need to muster up the willingness to go back onto this type of eating plan but as of right now I am being pretty lazy about that, as John Lennon said "life is what happens while you're busy making other plans."

More than one love,

jayabee52 2011-08-08 15:59:55 -0500 Report

what about the issue of the consumption of meat? My low carb high protein eating plan relies on meat. Some meat is dangerous (ie pork can give you trichinosis) if consumed raw. And I just thought about eggs too. Uncooked eggs can give one salmonella. I don't know if, as a kidney patient who must avoid dried beans, nuts ect, if I can get adequate complete protein sources for the best health I can possibly have with my diabetes.

Inrvizion 2011-08-14 15:03:40 -0500 Report

I'm not sure either James, I would recommend if you're interested in trying out a raw foods diet that you check out some authors such as David Wolfe - Mr. Wolfe is an authority on Raw Foods and has definitely written something about complete protein sources from raw eating. Raw meat is a minimal part of a raw foods diet and if it is included it is almost always fish only. I have heard of some people eating small amounts of very high quality raw red meat but never of anyone eating raw pork or chicken. If you are going to eat raw anything other than fish it is absolutely imperative that it be organic and meet a host of other criteria because eating a raw hamburger patty of just some good ol' run o' the mill ground beef very well may kill you.

Inrvizion 2011-08-07 17:54:20 -0500 Report

Yeah I have never heard of and / or met anybody whose type 1 went away or into remission. I have met people including myself who drastically reduced their need for insulin by eating a diet very low in carbs and with a lot of veggies in it. I hope to hear from more people in this thread about their diets because I think diet is the most important aspect of dealing with diabetes, to quote Hippocrates "Let they food be thy medicine."

Type1Lou 2011-08-07 17:19:04 -0500 Report

I've had Type 1 for 35+ years and for the last eight years I've followed a low carb diet. (After reading Dr Richard Bernstein's book, "Diabetes Solution".) Until recently, I was able to keep my A1c's in the mid to low 6's which is considered good for a diabetic. I am about to go on the pump. The MDI therapy just hasn't been working anymore…probably as a result of aging changes…who knows? I remember friends who were hyped on a "juicing" diet some years ago where you created all sorts of healthful juices out of raw fruits and veggies. They weren't able to sustain this diet. The diet approach, while helpful to us type 1's will not make our bodies produce insulin. Many Type 2's might be able to eliminate symptoms of their diabetes through proper activity and diet. I think, with a raw foods approach, you would have to see what effect individual foods would have on your BG and imbibe/eat accordingly. Good luck!

Pam S
Pam S 2011-08-07 15:30:03 -0500 Report

i am not on any diet so to speak. I just try to eat really well balanced foods/meals. I do mess up now and again…but my main stay is the same. Of course I am a Type 1 diabetic as well…and honestly…it will never go away no matter what my diet is…