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Diabetics and everyone else need to know that food choices influence your Health on every level. More and more research is showing how detrimental food processing is, and the more processed a food is, the worse it is. Eating the most natural, simple (preferably organic) foods is a fundamental key to Health, and along with that is simple cooking (nothing fried, nothing cooked above 325F degrees — long and slow if you need higher temperatures to “cook” meat and poultry “safely”).
Here is an article to underscore this:
Ultra-Processing of Foods Cause Big Problems
And, before I get to Dr. Marchione again, today, you may know that I also love to write about Centarians and Super-Centarians, well a recent New York Times article revealed three critical attributes that are longevity’s version of the three R’s:
We are certainly going to need these skills, even if we are not anywhere close to the century-mark, as these times have returned to being as challenging, or more so, than the period experienced by these elders in the early 20th century. According to one study, the survivors of traumatic life events usually learn to cope better with stress and poverty and are more likely to live to 100 — so that may be a silver lining to this “Great Global Recession” if we make sensible Health choices from now on. Spend your money for Health, first.
Read more about other amazing centarians in my Titles Archive, above.
Now, Dr. Victor Marchione, MD shares:
It might seem illogical that you could reduce your cholesterol by eating certain foods, but it’s true. Researchers discovered that pistachio nuts and sunflower seeds contain unique phytosterols that can block cholesterol from being absorbed into your bloodstream (although cholesterol IS needed by your body, for all kinds of purposes, so you DO need to make sure your levels are not being made artificially too-low).
These phytosterols could also help prevent cancer and heart disease, treat enlarged prostate and control blood sugar in diabetics.
Em: Now, I am not in favor of eating pistachios (as they have been improperly cared for and are a huge mold source) and not in favor of large amounts of sunflower seeds (as they affect thyroids and most people have hidden thyroid problems because modern blood tests are not effective diagnostic tools for this).
However soaked almonds, preferably organic (mostly have to buy these online — see nutz.com) ARE Healthy, and soaking them reduces pressures on the pancreas. Read:
As the article there instructs: “This traditional process is also called sprouting, although not every nut that is soaked can be sprouted. The process begins with fresh undried nuts that are soaked in water with the addition of a pinch of sea salt for twelve to twenty-four hours depending on the nut. They should be rinsed and the water changed periodically.
Taste them then too to determine what stage of soaked nut you like the best. When the soaking time is up, they are removed from the solution and slowly dried at a very low temperature with low humidity.
The drying heat is less than is used in the controversial pasteurizing process, and it is never high enough to destroy any of the nut’s natural enzymes so needed for ease of digestion.” Aim for no higher temperature than 118F. You need a programmable dehydrator for this. The article gives sources where to get sprouted nuts, too.
Pumpkin seeds are rich in anti-inflammatory nutrients, and diabetes, among other chronic diseases, is integrally involved with inflammatory processes. So, use raw pumpkin seeds — Trader Joe’s carries them.
Sesame seeds are a vital source of magnesium — an important mineral for diabetics. They are also a very good source of manganese and copper,as well as being a good source of calcium, iron, phosphorous, vitamin B1, zinc and important dietary fibers known as lignans.
Walnuts: These are a very effective food for diabetes. Their omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties and help in insulin sensitivity.
Em: Walnuts are rich in protein and fibers, folate, vitamin E, manganese, arginine, tannins as well as polyphenols. They are especially rich in ellagic acid which is an antioxidant that inhibits cancer cell growth. Of all the nuts, walnuts have the highest levels of polyunsaturated fats, including omega-3 fatty acids – good fats for the heart (which also regulates blood pressure, reduce blood clotting, improve blood vessel flexibility and elasticity).
People with diabetes often have low HDL (good cholesterol) levels and high triglycerides (blood fats, from too much circulating sugar). In Australia, a study at the University of Wollongong’s Smart Food Center and the Illawarra Diabetes Service found that people who consume 30 gm of walnuts daily decreased their bad cholesterol levels by 10 percent and increased their HDL levels.
You can use any nuts to lose weight on a moderate calorie diet. After six months, the group eating nuts lost more weight (18%) vs. the group not eating them (11%). The nut group also dropped more body fat (30% vs. 20%) and reduced their blood pressure, too (11% vs. 0%).
Grapes: The French eat one of the fattiest, most cholesterol-ridden diets in the world, yet have one of the lowest rates of heart disease. That’s true because dietary cholesterol has very little effect on blood levels of cholesterol — your own liver is able to make the cholesterol your body NEEDS. Researchers found the answer in red wine that the French drink in plentiful quantity. Wine contains a potent antioxidant called reservatrol. Scientists have found lab animals live up to six times longer if fed this miraculous nutrient.
Em: But the same nutrient is in red grape skins. You do not need the expense of wine or the toxic, acidic pH load. You do not need to add to the damaging work-quota that your liver already has — trying to detox you from all the prescription drugs, environmental toxins, alcohol and tobacco use and more. Just eat organic grapes. And, yes, I mean ORGANIC grapes, as grapes are one of the heaviest pesticided crops.
Tangerine Tomatoes: No, they are not “designer foods”. This is a real breakthrough. These tomatoes are a little-known species, and are distinctive for their orange color. They contain a better form of the precious nutrient lycopene than red tomatoes do.
Lycopene is particularly effective in fighting diabetes and cancer: breast, prostate cancer, ovarian, cervical cancer and colon cancer. It also can treat and prevent eye damage (critical knowledge for diabetics). Lycopene prevents: cataracts, macular degeneration and more. A new study from the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry showed people who ate tangerine tomatoes as tomato sauce absorbed 200 times more lycopene than those eating regular tomato sauce.
Em: In this case, cooked tomatoes release more lycopene than raw tomatoes do.
Here’s a recipe from Dr. Marchione, MD – “The Food Doctor”:
THE FOOD DOCTOR’S SPECIALTY SOUP
Try this delicious soup. It is packed with ingredients shown in clinical studies to relieve joint pain, prevent cancer and heart disease, reduce blood sugar and prevent memory loss.
2 celery sticks
3 med potatoes – just washed and scrubbed, leave unpeeled
4 med tomatoes – preferably tangerine-colored
14-oz. can of chickpeas
5 C vegetable stock
1 t ground cinnamon
1 ½ t ground turmeric
1 T grated gingerroot
1/8 t cayenne pepper
½ t curry powder
4 strands of saffron (optional, if too expensive)
1 bay leaf
1 T fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1. Dice celery, onion and potatoes. Peel and dice carrots. Dice tomatoes, remove seeds.
2. Pour 1½ cups of the veggie stock into large saucepan. Add onions and simmer for a few minutes.
3. While onions are simmering, deal with the spices. Mix in the cinnamon, curry, turmeric, cayenne, and ginger and add 2 T of the vegetable stock. Mix well.
4. Add this mix to the onions and stock already being heated.
5. Add the rest of your veggie stock to the onion and stock mix and let soup return to boil. Turn it down. Stir, then cover and heat, gently.
6. After 5 minutes, add the potatoes, tomatoes, celery and carrots and allow it to simmer in the covered saucepan for 20 – 30 minutes or until
carrots and celery are tender.
7. Pour in the chickpeas, black pepper, saffron and heat thoroughly before serving. Add fresh-squeezed lemon juice.
This is just one of 30 delicious, healing recipes in “The Doctor’s Cookbook: Lifesaving Recipes”. You can learn more at his site: Dr. Marchione.
See you next time.
Best to all — Em
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