Yesterday (14-Nov) was international diabetes day. I was looking for a meaningful and useful message for people suffering from diabetes or to help us avoid it. Unfortunately the only ‘useful’ information I got was:
- There are 24% people in our country who are diabetic or prone to be.
- the public service message “Let us join hands to fight diabetics”.
Both of these pieces are not very helpful to people suffering from diabetes or prone to diabetes (which includes all of us.)
Suffering from diabeties is quite an annoynance in one’s life. You have to be sufficiently vigilent to keep an important body component, glucose, within the defined limit by measuring/monitoring it frequently. (probably daily.) You need to be careful about your sugar intake and inject insulin as and when required. You also need to adhere to a rigorous exercise schedule. Not to mention that you are now more prone to any other illness due to weakened constitution.
Sufferings of a diabetic patient should be enough motivation for all of us to take care of ourselves so that we don’t become its next victim.
Food is a major culprit in increasing the number of diabetics. Though we should go back to the food habits of our ancestors (at least 2 generations back) but it is easier said than done.
So here is a simple advice which should help you. Just for a single day in whole year (probably 14-Nov):
- Do not eat or drink anything which contains white sugar as one of its components.
- Do not eat anything made from white flour.
- Eat vegetables. In cooked form as part of your meals and in raw form as part of your salad.
- Avoid food which is rich in fats.
- Eat food which has been prepared 100% in your home without using any food chemicals.
- Eat fruits as part of your meals. Keep in mind that even fresh juices are the least desirable form of a fruit. (So eating the whole fruit is always encouraged)
Doing this for one day is probably not difficult for you. But doing it for one day is going to make a huge difference in your life. You will start thinking to modifiy your diet in the long run, to make it more aligned with that of our ancestors.
There is no need to hurry if you are moving in the right direction. Change your food habits very slowly so that you can keep up with new ways of eating. Forcing yourself to develop good food habits is going to backfire easily.
Exceptional success requires exceptional health. Exceptional health is not possible without good food habits.
Money cannot buy everything. Health is one of these things. Don’t believe this? You are free to give it a try. 🙂