Kate Cornell was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in June of 2005. Since then, she has controlled diabetes through dietary changes, exercise, and, more recently, metformin. She shares her experiences and lessons learned here and on her blog, kates-sweet-success.blogspot.com, which was named as one of the top diabetes blogs for 2015 by Healthline.com.
Diet plans come and go and some return again and again. We are obsessed with losing weight, which leaves the door open for so many weight loss ideas to pop up. As people with diabetes, we also need to control our blood glucose. Finding the right food plan can be daunting.
One of the more popular diets today is called the Paleo Diet, or Caveman Diet. It gets that nickname from the fact that you are supposed to eat like the cavemen did: no refined sugars, grains, or dairy. This food plan is quite controversial and its detractors have lots of reasons why they believe it’s not a good food plan. Here are some of the myths surrounding this diet and why they might be wrong:
It’s a low-carb diet. This diet is lower in carbs than most plans, but it allows for all types of fruit and root vegetables which can be high in carbs.
Eat all you want! Even though you are shunning processed foods on this diet, that doesn’t mean you can overeat. Choose nutrient-dense foods for best results.
It lacks needed nutrients. Most people get fiber from grains and calcium from dairy. Those on the Paleo Diet can still get these needed nutrients. Many fruits contain fiber, and kale is chock-full of calcium.
It’s a boring diet. Not true. If you take advantage of all the fruit, vegetables, meats, and nuts that are allowed.
It’s not backed by science. Although scientific studies are few, there is still some compelling evidence that this diet works. For instance, “Swedish scientists compared the Paleo Diet to the Mediterranean Diet for patients with diabetes. After 12 weeks on a Paleo regimen, study participants saw a 26 percent improvement in their blood-sugar response to carbohydrates. Those on the Mediterranean Diet improved their response by only seven percent.”
People with diabetes should use their meter to decide what food plan works best for them. This lower-carb option just might be for you!