: Eat To Beat Diabetes

Eat To Beat Diabetes
12 Weeks to better Health

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Even though our program has not been running for very long, we have had already had some feedback. These are some of the things our members have said about the Eat To Beat Diabetes program.

 


"I read Jennifer’s book 5 years ago and found it to be the answer to my weight problems. But human nature being what it is, I slipped back to some old habits and regained a few of those lost kilos. I knew I should get back on track but kept putting it off for another day, another week, after Christmas, then the New Year ... you get the picture.

Starting this program has been just the thing for getting me back on track and enthused again. For a start, the structure helps take a lot of the thinking and planning away, with weekly menu plans, lots of recipes, ideas for quick and easy meals etc. I also like the low carb pizzas and breads, and the sugar-free lemon custard mousse is the best.

But none of that would matter if I didn’t feel so good again –more energy, clearer thinking and the 3 kg weight loss in 2 weeks doesn’t hurt.

If you need to get back on track to eating healthily for the long-term, and want to do it before 2017, I recommend this program as the way to go."

C.H.
Geelong

"I am a 57 year old nurse and 2 years ago I decided to go university to update my knowledge. My first assignment was on metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes specifically in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People where the above conditions and consequences of changes to diet are having a devastating effect to health on a population who were once lean and fit, with no evidence of lifestyle related chronic disease. (Google Pintupi Nine for an interesting perspective.)

One thing I learnt from University is that you just can’t have an opinion; it must be supported by evidence. Jennifer’s book, Baby Boomers, Bellies and Blood Sugars is supported by evidence and her current online venture, Eat to Beat Diabetes is up to date and evidence based. If I am to understand something it has to make sense. Eat to Beat Diabetes translates the medical jargon rationale into plain English, so that the everyday person can understand without having to have a science degree.

Like many, I am prone to developing a belly and therefore at higher risk of developing metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. By following the low carbohydrate principles outlined in Eat to Beat Diabetes, and making healthy choices (that are actually not that hard) I hope to prevent the onset. 

When you try the program for yourself, I hope you notice the physical benefits that I did after only a few weeks into the program. The information that she presents in an easy to understand manner, will give you the confidence and knowledge to manage or prevent this complex condition."

J.H
Registered Nurse
NSW, Australia

 


 

"I am a Registered Nurse, aged 51.

What a revolution low carb eating has been for myself and my husband.

A few years ago I was sitting in a cafe in Tathra, NSW and a book caught my eye. I'd never heard of Jennifer Elliott, nor her book Baby Boomers Bellies and Blood Sugars. A nursing colleague of mine was on a health kick trying to lower her cholesterol with diet and this book's philosophy bucked the trend of everything she was trying to achieve through eating low fat. I began learning about cholesterol and what really drives it. I learnt later there are different subsections of cholesterol and that carbohydrate overconsumption was driving most of the dangerous blood fats.

At the time I was what I am now, a frustrated nurse working in 'Primary Care' i.e. in a doctors surgery, trying to help people manage their chronic disease, the most common of which has to be diabetes. I'm frustrated because no matter what conventional medical/dietary management is thrown at patients, I don't see it working! I see hungry, frustrated and over medicated patients who are continually gaining weight with the more meds they are on. They go off and see the dietitian and learn to eat a low fat, ‘moderate LOW GI' carb diet, with carbs at regular intervals throughout the day.

Jennifer's book lead me to investigate low carb more extensively and I came across the work of many enlightened doctors, scientists and patients.

My colleague and I have been on a path of discovery ever since as it just makes sense and the science is showing that people who do not metabolise carbohydrates should not be exposed to so many of them!

Unfortunately I cannot advise low carb in my role at my workplace as I would be going against the conventional advice but I can discover the benefits for myself and suggest colleagues begin to make a discovery of their own. I still refer to conventional dietitians and remind patients that ultimately they do not tolerate carbs properly and that would be the thing I would be worried about if I had diabetes, hint, hint. Even Low Glycaemic Index carbs are still....CARBS. What system is deranged in diabetes?? The carbohydrate metabolism system, helped or not helped by higher than normal levels of the fat storage hormone insulin. Why would you want higher levels of insulin floating around, especially if it too is ineffective.

Hubby: pre diabetes i.e. well on the way to diabetes if nothing changes.

Me: never previously overweight, never been on a diet, healthy attitude to food, eating from all food groups, always been an excellent veggie and big fruit eater, have our own chickens for eggs and fruit trees and veggie garden, loved cooking and cooking for others, educating others on healthy balanced food, now suddenly overweight and unwell.

As I hit a rocky menopause and developed central obesity, I craved and ate more carbs; triglycerides still normal but creeping up, LDL cholesterol (probably the tricky dense ones that cause damage) also rising but thankfully still normal, developed a heart rhythm problem due to protracted viral damage (I was actually low risk as only problem was overweight), hypertension after always being hypotensive, severe osteoarthritis, fatty liver and pancreas, an autoimmune disease diagnosed as fibromyalgia for lack of another pattern that fitted symptoms, lacking energy, stressed, wanting cake and toast!  It was time for action and change and educating family and myself.

My husband and I have been using Eat to Beat Diabetes program for 19 days and I already feel I am on the right path. I log in daily and look at the menus to see what's been added. I enjoy my regular emails with more education each time. I'm inspired to cook something new and satisfying. The cravings have lessened. I tell myself I don't want to end up with diabetes and I want to resolve the fatty infiltration in my organs. I keep motivated that way.

I had been beginning to cut down on carbs for a few months prior but I really needed the kick-start of the formalised program with clear instructions, regular emails and the recipes in one place to access easily.

Some of the recipes I had enjoyed already as they were in Jennifer's book and the addition of 60+ more is great. This way of eating promotes whole foods, lower carbohydrates, healthy fats and home cooking. All the things I enjoy. I really do shop from the perimeter of the supermarket now except when I go in to get nuts, almond flour, coconut flour, dark chocolate and olive oil.

A treat is a punnet of blueberries or raspberries. My work lunch is leftovers or a tin of salmon/tuna /sardines and a leafy green salad tub (sometimes bought from the supermarket if I'm feeling lazy) veggies and mostly some cheese of some sort. I love homemade roasted chicken drumsticks in my lunch box. We eat very well; unprocessed natural wholefoods, higher good fats, lower carbs and are not hungry.

We often have frozen blueberries heated in the microwave or one cup of fresh strawberries and cream or Greek yoghurt for dessert but sometimes we are just not hungry and don't need it. We transitioned to dark chocolate a long time ago so that wasn't a problem. We switched to cream in coffee and tea and now enjoy it.

I have more energy, 3 kilos weight loss, 5 cm waist measurement decrease and now I'm more likely to want to go for a walk or get on my exercise bike. And that’s from just 19 days on the program!

This way of eating will be the diabetes cure of the future; in fact we've known for a long time that starches are the problem not the treatment. I have a textbook from 1895 called 'A manual of Nursing, Medical and Surgical' which explains the management for people with diabetes and I quote...

'Diet is the chief  point to be attended to, and it is necessary to exclude all saccharine and starchy material which accentuate the symptoms and keep up the activity of the disease.'

It goes on to suggest foods very similar to those in the Eat to Beat Diabetes program!

Lowering carbs and feeling better and knowing your body is healthier for it is achievable with support. I'm hoping to reduce my risk for further chronic disease. Jennifer and Franziska can give you that support. It's certainly worth doing."

J.W.
Registered nurse
NSW