Simply Raw

By kangarue Latest Reply 2014-02-28 09:21:01 -0600
Started 2014-02-27 14:25:07 -0600

Does anyone know about this? It is supposed to reverse diabeties in 30 days. But after I read what I could about it I am a little concerned. My mother is tring to do it, and they want me to do it. I have went back to pre-diabeties, just by eating more healthy, but not going that drastic. It worries me for her. Any advice? Thanks in advance.

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Nick1962 2014-02-28 09:18:55 -0600 Report

I’ll +1 to Jeanette and Lou’s answers and add: “and then what?”
Whenever someone tells me they’re starting a new diet, that’s the question I ask. Even if it does reverse diabetes, what will you do a year from now? A raw diet is great, but impossible to follow and still maintain a normal lifestyle. Holidays are always a problem for diabetics, but it’d take some superhuman powers to maintain a raw diet through them. Lunch with friends? Not impossible, but prepare to eat nothing but salads. Vacation? Some Caribbean islands are flush with fresh fruits and vegetables, while others, well your airfare will be cheaper than your outlay for meals, and even then only if you’re cooking your own meals.

The premise of the raw diet (healthy, non-processed foods) is there, but trying to follow it strictly for a lifetime is a recipe for failure, which is why diets don’t work. I had to do a major overhaul to my diet, but like Lou said, it had to be something I could maintain. Additionally, for me at least, there’s the issue of “system shock”. While I always did eat vegetables, consuming them in raw form was a big change and my body didn’t like it at first. Don’t know what your current diet is like (hopefully not near as bad as mine was), but Jeanette’s advice of seeing a professional first is pretty sound advice.

Glucerna 2014-02-27 22:48:07 -0600 Report

I was curious about Simply Raw and discovered that it's the title of a documentary at The 6 people in the film gave up meat, dairy, sugar, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, soda, junk food, fast food, processed food, packaged food, and even cooked food for 30 days. There's an interesting commentary on the film and the program here: As others have said, it's important to talk with your doctor before making changes to your diet. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Type1Lou 2014-02-27 17:25:05 -0600 Report

Changing my eating habits was essential in my gaining control of my diabetes. I've cut my carbs to no more than 120 grams per day but was able to that without any "fad" diet or dietary supplements that cost extra. It's all about controlling what you put into your mouth…not always easy. Become "carb aware" by reading labels and checking serving sizes of everything that you eat. For foods without labels, go to an on-line carb guide or app or buy a book. "Calorie king" is a good one. I think the "raw diet" encourages you to avoid overly processed foods…not a bad idea but you probably don't need to be that extreme. Learn better habits that you can maintain.

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2014-02-27 15:53:01 -0600 Report

I don't know much about the diet you refer to. But you are smart to question anything that says it can reverse diabetes. It is a good idea to always talk with your doctor or dietitian before starting a drastically new diet to what you are used to. They will be able to help you figure out what works best for you personally.

jayabee52 2014-02-28 09:21:01 -0600 Report

Jeanette, In researching to answer Kangarue I found out that the folks who have promoted this are the same folks behind the Tree of Life center in Az, and got caught up in the reading and didn't get back to her. I had a client whose BF was a T1, and he went to T.o.L. because he believed they were going to cure him of his T1 by a macrobiotic meal plan (precursor of Raw food there). Her BF died while he was being "cured" there. That really worked well for him..