Write your meal or daily targets for each food choice in the section below.Plan your meals by choosing foods you like from this Food List for Diabetes.
4.When your meal is completed, simply wipe off the laminated Nutrition Place Mat with a Tissue! 5.Use the Nutrition Place Mat to help follow healthy nutrition guidelines and portion control. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) promotes a low fat, high carb, grain based diabetes diet, as does the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE).
I am a formerly obese, formerly drug and insulin dependent diabetic, taking four insulin shots a day … just to survive.
1) WOW… look at those carbohydrate numbers, carbs represent almost 60% of my food, in grams.
2) If Saturated Fats make up a small percentage of EVEN a Standard American Diet, how can it be the root of all evil as so many claim that it is? A Full Listing of the ADA Diet and it’s components are included at the end of this post. I created the chart of carbs (below) based on the minimum number of servings and the maximum number of servings.
Now let’s take a look at the carb totals of my low carb paleo meal plan,   My goal is to be 30 grams of carbs or less. My largely fast food diet lead to more and more insulin resistance, a diabetes diagnosis and pancreatic failure with a trip to the hospital via an ambulance.
The ADA Diabetes Diet is not significantly lower in carbohydrates and will cause blood sugar spikes. You can choose to THRIVE … or choose to live a life of downward health, leading to more pain and suffering. I can already hear my Doc’s sigh when I see her in a couple weeks after my next rounds of labs. When I realized what was happening, I called up my old employer who had done the Atkins plan. THEY don't want YOU better – they want you ADDICTED like a methhead to their drugs!
My brother, who is also diabetic has adopted a low carb diet after learning of my success, and has also gotten off all of his meds.
Overproduction of insulin is a long term killer for anyone, and the ADA diet CAUSES insulin overproduction. Anne March 19, 2010 at 2:11 am My doctor told me that he had never had a patient like me(low carb to lower blood glucose). My experience with expert diet advice came when I was sent to a dietitian after having a stent for CAD.
Sandy Abernathy June 9, 2010 at 6:21 pm I found Steve through a friend of mine on line, Brian Keith Lawson.
Chad May 3, 2012 at 6:39 pm After a visit to Mayo in Rochester in March, I was put on a high carb diet. My goals when visiting were to figure out why i wasn’t losing weight and to develop a plan to get off all meds. If this is your first introduction to the idea that the health advice we have been given for so long in relation to diet is questionable, I completely understand that it is a lot to take in but please keep an open mind and do check out the extra resources at the end.
Foods containing healthy fats including saturated fats – and all foods you can enjoy on Atkins! Foods that contain saturated fats include the fat in meat, poultry, fish, butter, coconut oil, avocado, cheese and cream. Low-fat diets restrict saturated fats and are generally very high in carbohydrates – the food pyramid recommends more than 6 servings of high carb foods a day. The figures show that we have reduced the amount of fat in our diet over the last 40 years or so.
There are even massive studies that prove that a low-fat diet does not work for heart health. One was the Women’s Health Initiative, which it had 48, 835 women where were randomized to either a low fat group or a control group.


So these studies prove that eating less saturated fats did not improve heart-health for people that reduced the fat. The first thing to say here, is that if you have been given your cholesterol results but not a breakdown of LDL or HDL cholesterol, it would be a good idea to ask your doctor for this. And even with LDL cholesterol, it is made of different particles – large fluffy harmless particles and smaller dense more dangerous particles. In addition, a number of other studies have shown that replacing the carbohydrates with protein or fat leads to an increase of the particle size. Given the current advice to reduce saturated fats and food containing cholesterol like eggs and to eat more healthy whole-grains, you would imagine that following such a diet would do wonders for your cholesterol profile.. As you can see the low-carb followers had a much higher decrease of triglycerides. It does sound counter-intuitive but the way to dramatically reduce your triglycerides is to reduce your carbohydrates, especially sugar. The other interesting finding with these 23 randomized controlled trials (the best type of trial you can get) comparing low-fat diets with low-carb diets related to weight loss. According to the scientific proof, Atkins diet is better for your heart health than the currently recommended low-fat diet.
In the context of a low-carb diet, your body burns fat very efficiently so there is no need to fear saturated fats. On the other hand, eating a diet high in carbohydrates, especially sugar will make your triglycerides rise dramatically.
Cereal Killers the movie – this is an excellent movie with a great Irish sporting connection. Article from Dr Neville Wilson from the Leinster Clinic in Maynooth called Confused about Saturated Fats.
Personal story of a neuro-scientist David Diamond, Ph.D who improved his heart health by eating red-meat, eggs and butter.
Authority Nutrition – the images above comparing health markers for low-fat and low-carb groups are with thanks to Authority Nutrition.
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Disclaimer: This website is NOT a medical reference, rather a starting point for further research.
Develop and individualized meal plan with your Registered Dietitian, Nurse, Physician or Health Educator. Grrrrr. I contend the ADA Diet is NO better than the SAD (Standard American Diet) or at best ONLY marginally healthier and therefore harmful to the health of EVERYONE but especially detrimental to DIABETICS.
Many eat the maximum and more because the ADA Diet maintains the addictions to grains and sugar. And you have to really dig to find ANYTHING negative about sugar drinks on the ADA website.
Your health will decline at a slower rate… but still ultimately leading to never damage, organ failure and amputations. I had side effects to the meds, to the point that I was no longer able to tell how I was really feeling. The high carb diet recommended by the AHA made my triglycerides soar to about 300 and my cholesterol went over 200. These are the ones that the Food Pyramid tells us to eat in small amounts and that low-fat diets restrict.
Foods that contain a high proportion of carbohydrates include bread, pasta, cereal, potatoes but also foods containing sugar like sweets, biscuits, junk food, fizzy drinks and fruit.
Starting in 1980, there has been a reduction in the consumption of high fat diary and red meat and an increase in low fat diary as you can see in the diagram below. Trends in the Incidence of Coronary Heart Disease and Changes in Diet and Lifestyle in Women. This was another massive trial with 12,866 men who were at a high risk of having a heart attack.
Knowing only your total cholesterol is not very useful as its made up of a number you want to be high i.e.
Although low fat diets may decrease total LDL cholesterol, studies have shown that they tend  to increase the proportion of smaller dangerous particles.


This means that eating fat, even saturated fat instead of carbs seems to promote the forms of LDL that are harmless. The following graph is a comparison of 23 studies comparing HDL cholesterol on low-fat diets and low-carb diets (like Atkins). Their diets would have been the same as or similar to the Atkins diet with participants eating protein, low carb veg as well as healthy fats including saturated fats. According to many leading experts, your level of triglycerides and your ratio of triglycerides-to-HDL is a more important marker for heart disease than your total cholesterol. Even whole-grain cereals or brown bread break down into sugar in your blood very quickly, so eating those foods often is not a good idea. The film follows Donal – a lean, fit, seemingly healthy 41 year old man – on a quest to hack his genes and drop dead healthy by avoiding the heart disease and diabetes that has afflicted his family.
From being completely skeptical of this approach at the beginning he found from personal experience and extensive research that it worked in to dramatically reduce his risk of heart disease. Of course I was put on a statin, but I was lucky – I was unable to take it because of severe muscle pain.
Polyunsaturated fatty acids contain less than the maximum amount of hydrogen atoms and have more than one double bond. One group was instructed to quit smoking, eat less saturated fat and cholesterol and increase their consumption of vegetable oils.
In fact, one of the best ways to increase HDL cholesterol is to eat more saturated fat like coconut oil, butter, cream, full fat meats as well as monounsaturated fats like avocados and olive oil.
So if you are following Atkins, go ahead and eat steak with the fat, eat cheese, put butter on your vegetables and have cream in your coffee! However, sweets, biscuits, fizzy drinks and even fruit smoothies are even higher in carbohydrates so are not good for your heart health. Donal’s father Kevin, an Irish gaelic football star from the 1960s, won the first of 2 All Ireland Championships with the Down Senior Football Team in 1960.
Westman – an excellent book with contributions from 29 leading world experts on cholesterol and heart disease. Since dropping carbs not only is my BG good, but my triglycerides are 80 and my other lipids look good too. The higher your HLD cholesterol, the better as it means your risk of heart disease is lower. This book is easy to read and will explain exactly what your cholesterol numbers mean and how you can improve your cholesterol without drugs.
Consult your physician or health care provider before beginning the Atkins Diet as you would any other weight loss or weight maintenance program. I have since eliminated low-carb bread, and all grain products, as I was developing headaches, sinus issues, etc. How does a lean, fit and seemingly healthy man – who has sailed through cardiac stress tests – suddenly fall victim to heart disease? Westman if you are interested in learning about the benefits of Atkins for heart health and other conditions.
Westman. In this book you will discover how scientific research has transformed the image of the Atkins Diet from “fad” to a medically validated, safe and effective treatment. I didn't even change my exercise plan of walking and being out in the sun in the summer doing lawn work or shooting sporting events.
Its authors have summarized hundreds of research studies published in top medical journals in a very readable way. These three international experts on the use of low-carbohydrate diets to combat obesity, high cholesterol and Type 2 diabetes, have led the way in repeatedly proving how a low-carbohydrate approach is superior to low-fat diets.
I slowly added back in things like peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, anything I was growing in the garden at home.




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