posted on Feb, 11 2009 @ 11:08 PM
Each person has to find their own best diet so my ideas won't work for everyone. I eat organic fruits and veggies mostly. I'll eat basically as
little as possible then wait until I'm hungry again. I try not to eat multiple foods in one meal, no meat, potatoes, bread, corn ect in one meal. I
try to eat each individually only when I'm hungry so I end up eating quite often but that helps balance blood sugar.
Cinnamon has been shown to slow passage of food into the GI system so your dad could start adding that to some meals. Slower passage means less of a
spike in blood sugar and hunger will be supressed longer. Fat also slows the rate of absorption so that can be added to some meals in modest amounts,
and again it increases the time until you next feel hungry.
I've heard some negative stuff about fruit, but for me I limit my diet so much as it is, to worry about fruit would be unrealistic. Fruit also has
fiber which slows digestion. If you eat only small portions it honestly doesn't matter what you eat, even bread/grains can be eaten if you eat small
amounts. Problem is is that those foods tend to be dense in calories so if you eat a small amount, you won't feel full but you would have gotten a
large amount of calories. And of course, refined flour has basically zero nutritional value. I read gum arabic, however that is spelled, also has an
effect on gastric emptying and it can be added to just about anything I think.
This is a rough suggestion but occasional fasting or alternate day fasting can help restore insulin sensitivity, even in healthy people who eat too
frequently. Some of these ideas might seem a bit difficult but if people want to be healthy and stay away from the doctor's office, they really need
to do it. Problem is most would rather just continue on with their habits and suffer the consquences down the road.
Protein also has a good impact on blood sugar, and in trying to prevent diabetes it might make sense to eat protein frequently.
The food pryamid is a joke really. Fruits and veggies should be at the top of almost everyone's list. An easy way to get your veggies in is with a
blender I find. Takes like 10 secs to get your daily amount of greens.
Artificial sweeteners are bad for health, I don't think there is a way to get around that. Aspartame breaks down into methyl alcohol, aspatate, and
formaldhyde from what I've read. There are better options for sweeteners like stevia or xylitol (which I haven't tried yet). I've seen people
addicted to diet soda and it isn't pretty. Sorry if it's messy, it's late over here lol.
[edit on 11-2-2009 by ghaleon12]