Raw food as a way to reverse diabetes

luked
By luked Latest Reply 2012-11-06 13:31:19 -0600
Started 2012-11-04 19:34:07 -0600

Has anyone seen the trailer for "Raw For 30 Days"? It's a documentary about six people, with diabetes as they attempt to reverse their diabetes through eating only raw food.

What does everyone think of this idea? Is it someone anyone here has tried before? I'm just getting into this whole raw food thing and I'd love to get some advice. Does eating an all raw diet work?
www.rawfor30days.com/index4.html

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8 replies

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-11-06 13:31:19 -0600 Report

Luke I have a cousin who is a vegan and eats nothing cooked. You can use him for a book mark and he has developed diabetes. I think you are looking for a quick fix or a fast cure which isn't going to happen.

Before doing this you should talk to your doctor. There are vitamins and minerals the body needs and this could mess you up if you aren't sure of what you are doing.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2012-11-05 17:28:10 -0600 Report

There are many discussions on this topic that you might want to check out. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/search?query=raw+diet&model_name=

Those people were very controlled and while the effects of it were wonderful, I would like to see how they are doing now, on their own without the structured no temptation zone.

I find what they are doing is a great way to go and I agree that there is a lot of promise in what foods do to us to heal us. Eating 100% raw is a challenge, specially if you live with other people. If you are on your own, then it may be something you explore. I would talk to your doctor before starting and let them keep an eye on you. Definitely document what you are doing so you can see what works for you.

Eating raw is just that and cooked or warm food is off the menu. Also anything that ever was cooked, so many convenience foods are gone. But to be honest, if you can do it, you will be eating very healthy. Protein is going to be a challenge, as most of us like it cooked. Plant protein can be a replacement, but you still have to keep it raw, so cooked beans are out.

It won't reverse your diabetes, as if you go back to eating the way you do now, you will still have to deal with it. But if a diet can be your treatment, you can get healthy all the way around.

awakening2health
awakening2health 2012-11-05 15:55:32 -0600 Report

In Eat to Live (by Joel Fuhrman) it is suggested to eat several LARGE salads per day (raw veggies). In addition, Dr Fuhrman suggests eating a lot of cooked greens (Kale and Chard just doesn't cut it raw!). Finally, he "allows" small amounts of other foods such as dairy, eggs, bread, meat, desert. I personally have lost a lot of weight on this diet (40#) and feel great! It's delicious and my body took to it easily (no pain, gas, etc…)

Nick1962
Nick1962 2012-11-05 10:30:48 -0600 Report

Along with nanagramma, I’d caution you about this diet, especially if it’s a big change for you. Big changes in diet can throw your digestive system off with painful results.
Eating all raw certainly cuts out a ton of carbs, but some carbs are necessary for a good many body functions. Could you live on it? Sure, but it’d be tough.
It’s also not really a convenient diet for today’s lifestyles. If it’s just you, alone, and you never plan on socializing, or taking a trip, it might just work, otherwise you’d probably spend a lot of time being forced to cheat on it.
I’d pass on this one.

nanagramma
nanagramma 2012-11-05 07:25:06 -0600 Report

I would be careful with the all raw diet. I tried going vegan and felt good for several months, and lost about 20 pounds, but my blood sugar #s stayed higher because I was eating carbs, even though they were healthy ones! I too find that after a few months I CRAVE protein, and soy just doesn't cut it! I do still go light on the meat. Good luck!!!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-11-05 03:28:20 -0600 Report

Although my hubby would prefer me to be on an all raw diet due to the ongoing cooking ban I am still under, I have many doubts as to all raw all the time would be a cure for Diabetes.
I do enjoy many veggies, fruits, nuts, and seeds raw. But I don't want to give up my comfort foods of sauteed mushrooms or peaches cooked with cinnamon.
Then there is meat. If I go more than a few days sans meat my body protests.
Some of the concoctions I have read about (yes, I am an avid food blog consumer) seem extreme. Even a few I have tried that didn't sound to scarey have had limited success. Beet Rawviolli comes to mind.
I think we each need to find our balance. As has often been posted here "What works for one, might not work for another".

Fefe12
Fefe12 2012-11-05 01:35:10 -0600 Report

Ive never heard of this. Please watch out for quick fixes. I read how you can cure diabeties by not eating carbs for 30 days. Funny, if you truely stopped eating all carbs i think that would cause a whole lot of damage. If that were the case we would all be cured, we would all just stop eating carbs and be cured. Research what your pancreas is doing and how its working. Keep on top of that info and the changes its making. try your diet but know that you may contend with gas. Not everyone can handle a raw diet. Dont forget your vitamins our bodies dont absorb some food nutriants in a raw state. There is a diet that the foods are only heated to a certain degree to release the nutriants. To some its still considered raw. Im sorry I dont remember the name but Im sure you can look it up. Good luck

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-11-05 03:31:48 -0600 Report

Don't remember what it is called either, but have read several debates about the use of a dehydrater. Some seem to argue that if the food is heated to temp is below a certain degree than it still counts as raw.