julian michaels 5 tip video-- That won't work for a diabetic would it??

By Lakeland Latest Reply 2011-02-08 08:02:25 -0600
Started 2011-02-05 15:57:58 -0600

I watched the 5 tips, so yes, getting rid of process foods, & 2 replacing it with good foods, I get that, adding citrus, for me, my sugar will spike on fruit, she suggests stopping sugar substitutes, Why??? I need to watch my sugar, the substitutes make life easier.

I believe that generic health tips aren't always beneficial to a diabetic. Diabetics really need to watch portion control, the quality of carbs ect.

Am I wrong here????

5 replies

patricia mercan
patricia mercan 2011-02-07 16:15:38 -0600 Report

how does raw sugar taste and how well does it control your urge to have sugar in your diet

GabbyPA 2011-02-08 08:02:25 -0600 Report

I use raw sugar in baking when I need the texture of sugar. It has a little bit of a molasses flavor to it, but not strong. It usually is a brown color. I like it in cooking because it adds a bit of a richness similar to brown sugar.

I still don't eat it a lot, as it is still a refined sugar. I would stick to Stevia for my beverage or dressing sweeteners.

lorna13 2011-02-08 02:34:47 -0600 Report

Every diabetic is different. What works for one doesn't mean it will work for you. You have to play detective and your body the mystery. I can not have any raw suger in my diet or my numbers will go sky high. Artifical sweeteners are also a no-no for me. Fruit raises it but not too bad. So to get the sugaer taste I cook with a lot of fruit juices, It can be adventures.

GabbyPA 2011-02-07 16:11:17 -0600 Report

A diabetic lifestyle is one of overall healthy eating and exercising habits. I got rid of processed foods in our home for the most part. There is too much junk hidden in them that our bodies don't know what to do with. Look up what some of those ingredients are...you will be shocked.

I also don't use artificial sweeteners. I use all natural ones that range from stevia (my zero calorie sweetener) to raw sugar. I don't use any sugar free foods. I just have to learn to cook with less sweet. Read a book called Sweet Deception...you will never eat Splenda, Nutra Sweet or Sweet n' Low ever again. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/books/63-sweet-deception-why-splenda-nutrasweet-and-the-fda-may-be-hazardous-to-your-health

She may suggest adding fruit, but I imagine you will find that she doesn't suggest eating a lot of fruit. Use your carb limits to work with you and not all fruit is citrus. Add lemon instead and you will see it can drop your levels unlike an orange.

If you want a life of convenience, then you will fight these suggestions. If you want a life of healthier living, then you will consider how to implement them in your lifestyle. You don't have to do it all at once, but just adding one at a time can be a huge help. I have never read her books or seen her videos, but I have come to these same conclusions with my own research.

CaliKo 2011-02-05 16:42:46 -0600 Report

Hello, I don't think you are wrong. General health tips aren't always what diabetics should do. Oranges are very good for you, if you can eat them without spiking your glucose levels. I think it has soluable fiber which is good for your heart, in addition to all the vitamins. I can eat a small clementine orange, but that's about it. Sometimes you can tolerate something like that with a meal, instead of by itself.
As for the sugar substitutes, there are lots of strong opinions out there, and research in different stages on the different varieties. You can search the internet for information on the sweetener you use, and see if the good outweighs the bad. I do just fine without them, but my Dad has used sweet and low for probably the last 40 years or so, and hasn't suffered any consequences. Good luck!