• 1 month ago

    RE: Meal Replacements for Type II

    There are countries in the world that are focused on consuming fresh, whole, non-processed diets (Mediterranean, Japan, Nordic, West Africa, etc). These countries have very low incidence of Obesity, cardiovascular disease and Type 2 Diabetes.

    Do you think that's by "coincidence"? Do you think these peoples are just dumb "lucky"?

    Americans want convenience. We want food that's fast. We want food that's tasty. We want food that's cheap. And, we don't want food that requires a lot of work.

    I think "Meal Replacement Shakes" fits, E X A C T L Y , what a typical American wants to eat/drink. (Note: my other favorite term for faux food is "Energy Bar").

    Do you think it's "bad luck" that Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes are skyrocketing in the US? I don't think luck has anything to do with it.
    When it comes to food, drink and drugs, Americans are the most gullible people on the planet. Luck ain't got nuttin to do with it; We are, exactly, what we eat.
      • 1 month ago
        I don't mean to be crude or insensitive. But, I've been caring for my mother for the last 8 1/2 years, now. Before, I took on the responsibility for her care, she was prescribed medication for the following conditions (which is hardly unusual for someone 87 years old, btw...):

        moderate high blood pressure
        mild osteoporosis
        frozen shoulder (fibromyalgia)
        rheumatoid arthritis

        She stopped her daily 1 mile walk, 1 1/2 years ago, for safety reasons. She, now walks every other day, though.

        ...And, today, she no longer takes any prescription medications, vitamins or supplements of any kind...

        My point is this, from my own personal experience (I reversed my Type 2 Diabetes, 12 years ago) and, now, caring for my 95 year old mother,
        I simply cannot emphasize just how important diet is to maintaining a strong and healthy immune system, vital in preventing diseases
        caused by chronic, long term inflammation.

        I know why you want to drink that "stuff". All I can tell you is what has become crystal clear to me this last decade of my life (62). If you're goal is to get better, no matter what condition you have, you have to improve your health. And, in order to do this, you have to get deadly serious about the things you put in that piehole of yours!

        It's bloody simple, actually. Is your diabetes getting better, or, is it getting worse. That's the true acid test. If you're truly eating healthy, your diabetes meds should be decreasing. And, if your meds are "progressing", you still haven't learned a damn thing about what foods to eat when you have an inflammatory lifestyle disease!

        Like I said, there are many areas of the world that maintain a healthy
        diet throughout their lifetimes. And, they are not fat. And, they don't have high blood pressure. And, they don't develop Type 2 Diabetes.

        I can assure you, none of these people open a "can", every morning, for breakfast, either.
      • 1 month ago
        That was really well put Bruno. The bottom line is that whole, fresh, unprocessed food in moderate quantities is always best. Those 'meal replacement shakes' are only palatable because of all the sugar in them. Fine, they contain (in theory) the nutrients they claim to, but you can eat an apple on the run. So much better for you. And more fiber.
      • 1 month ago
        Thank you, Cora.

        Here are some quotes and proverbs about the importance of diet...
        "Just because you're not sick doesn't mean you're healthy"

        "Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise" ~Benjamin Franklin

        "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" ~Hippocrates

        "If you can't pronounce it, don't eat it"

        "Time And health are two precious assets that we don't recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted." ~Denis Waitley

        "Mainstream medicine would be way different if they focused on prevention even half as much as they focused on intervention..." ~Anonymous

        "The best and most efficient pharmacy is within your own system." ~Robert C. Peale

        "The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition." ~Thomas Edison

        "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" ~Proverb

        "True healthcare reform starts in your kitchen, not in Washington" ~Anonymous

        "The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not." ~Mark Twain

        "A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools." ~Spanish Proverb

        "He who takes medicine and neglects to diet wastes the skill of his doctors." ~Chinese Proverb

        "Today, more than 95% of all chronic disease is caused by food choice, toxic food ingredients, nutritional deficiencies and lack of physical exercise." ~Mike Adams

        "The part can never be well unless the whole is well." ~Plato

        "By cleansing your body on a regular basis and eliminating as many toxins as possible from your environment, your body can begin to heal itself, prevent disease, and become stronger and more resilient than you ever dreamed possible!" ~Dr. Edward Group III

        If diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. If diet is correct, medicine is of no need. Ancient Ayurvedic proverb

        "It is easier to change a man's religion than to change his diet." — Margaret Mead

        "Most people work hard and spend their health trying to achieve wealth. Then they retire and spend their wealth trying to get back their health." -Kevin Gianni

        "The healthy person has many wishes, but the sick person has only one." -Indian Proverb

        "Nobody likes change but a wet baby!"

        Diabetes is a very complex and, at times, perplexing condition, I know. But, my advice to anyone who has this disease and is willing to listen, the path to conquering Type 2 Diabetes is, first, between your ears, and, second, inside your kitchen!

        When it comes to the food you eat, you can trust nobody's hands except for the one's at the ends of your arms. And, if you eat fresh, whole and green, everyday, your body will have the weapons it needs to to win the war, guaranteed.