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Juicing with Diabetes

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Posted by Leggzs72 on 5 years ago

My doctor said that I shouldn't juice alone but I could in combination with a meal plan as well. Any suggestions on how to get started? I have been a member for a while but never got to start a juicing plan. Someone/Anyones suggestions will be greatly appreciated. :)

This topic contains 24 replies, has 1 voices, and was last updated by Rhaelia 5 years ago.

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  • rosepetals

    5 years ago

    Hubby is a diabetic and we juice. His blood sugars normalized. Maybe try out some greener recipies. We do make a drink from bitter melon, turmeric, and lemon grass. Bitter melon helps to lower the blood sugars. Read up about it online. There are some videos on youtube on it. Type in a search for diabetes and bitter melon juice. You get it at ethnic markets. Don't forget to monitor your blood sugars.

  • Leggzs72

    5 years ago

    Thanks Rosepetals :)

  • rosepetals

    5 years ago

    Your welcome. Bitter melon juice tastes very bitter. We drink about 1/2 a cup 1-3 times a day depending on if we can find fresh produce. Sometimes the Asian markets run out of it.

  • rosepetals

    5 years ago

    Oh they say its a powerful anti-cancer plant. They say it fights breast and pancreatic cancers.

  • rosepetals

    5 years ago

    Oh, don't drink if your pregnant or want to get pregnant. They say it can cause abortions. Please read up on it before you decide to use it. Research it.

  • Leggzs72

    5 years ago

    Well Rosepetals, I'm not planning on getting pregnant EVER because I've had my 3 children and my youngest just turned 17 this month. Never heard of bitter melon I don't think. You drink this by itself without mixing it with any other juice?

  • WendyR

    5 years ago

    My husband is an insulin dependant diabetic, our doctor also said No to juicing. Guess what we have ignored her ( not to be recommended but we have made our informed choice) but we haven't totally ignored her just not gone full juice, we are juicing with light meals as well. This is producing results but in a much slower time frame.

    We are doing a modified juicing program. The juices are very low on fruit and heavy on leafy greens. It makes it hard in some ways because Colin hates the green taste and is HIGHLY allergic to capsicum so disguising the green taste without upping the fruit level is a challenge.

    Our base is usually baby spinach, carrot, celery, kale, red cabbage, lettuce, parsley, cucumber and lemon and ginger root. I do add broccoli stems and green tops if I have them, Silverbeet leaves (Chard), beetroot leaves and coriander (cilantro) again its what I have on hand but the first 10 are our base spin.

    The fruit is also what is seasonal but usually apple, pear, orange, tangerine, grapes, tomato, kiwifruit, pineapple. The usual is apple and tomato and if the pears are nice a pear (soluble fibre and lycopene) for extra liquid.

    I don't add wheatgrass because neither one of us can stand it, some people can others can't, I add beetroot, garlic and turmeric root to my section of the juice after I make up the rest. I juice in three parts, first the greens, decant into a separate jug, then the fruit, make up Colin's juice , add the Lugol's tincture, Sprinkle some cinnamon on The Bosses juice and serve. I combine what is left and then juice my beetroot, and garlic etc. and add that to my juice along with my dose of Lugol's.

    How diabetic are you? diet controlled, tablets, or insulin? Also how controlled is your diabetes? Are your BSL stable or are they all over the place? The answers to these questions will give some idea of how to proceed. Only you will know the answers. I would ask your doctor why the negative answer on the juicing, the reason we were given a negative was Colin has not been on insulin more than a year and our doc considered him not stable in is BSL control to proceed.

    I do our heavy juice in the morning, Colin has his measure (500 ml) and I have mine (500ml) I then save the rest for me to have during the day. Colin then has a high protein breakfast along with his other meds (which must be taken with food, juice just doesn't do it)

    Lunch time is normally a smoothie for him, made with kefir yoghurt and chia and other fibre rich grains along with a shot of the morning juice plus some frozen berries or grapes for added nutrients and chill factor. He also has his biggest meal of the day, a mix of whatever is around but very light on carbs, today's lunch was a tomato, a celery and cucumber salad with a coriander pesto, a left over sausage from last night, a couple of dates and 4 prunes, 150 ml of probiotic grained yoghurt and a slice of homemade Linseed, Chia and Quinoa stoneground wholemeal flour bread with labneh cheese spread. It sounds a lot but our evening meal will be a light green salad with leftover roast chicken, we are having a coconut and chia seed pudding tonight so our main part of our evening meal will be light.

    This sort of gives you an idea of how we combine juicing and food in our place. It can be done and achieve results.

    Best of luck

  • Leggzs72

    5 years ago

    Wendy, Thank you for your input. I am on two metformin daily. My BSL's usually run on the high side. It all just depends on what I have eaten and how much. I don't understand why my doctor is against just juicing, it is all natural, I do understand that fruits have a lot of sugar in them but they are natural sugars. Shouldn't they be good for your body?

  • Rhaelia

    5 years ago

    I guess I am lucky, my diabetes specialist not only thought it was a great idea, but she was excited about it. I was on 4 Metformine 500mg tabs per day plus 1 Tolbutamide 500mg. When I started she told me to stop taking the Tolbutamide. Now that I am nearing my 100kg mark in weight, she has told me that I will be cutting down my Metformine tabs to only two a day!!! I am on a juice only fast.. I am on my 17th day, and I have lost 17lbs so far. My sugar levels are within the normal range for the first time in years..

  • Leggzs72

    5 years ago

    Thanks Rhaelia. What is your daily juicing receipes so maybe I can try them and see what happens?

  • Rhaelia

    5 years ago

    To be honest, some of my best juices that I really enjoy are found here on this site under recipes.. my favorites are Crazy for Cranberries and Bruchetta Tang. If you are unable to find those, send me a message to my inbox and I will be happy to share them with you! I agree with Thejuiceathomemom most doctors will not agree with a juice fast. I was fortunate that mine was more open minded to the idea.. happy juicing and much success to you my friend.

  • Leggzs72

    5 years ago

    Hi Rhaelia, I found the crazy for cranberries recipe but not the bruchetta tang. Also how much and how often do you drink these juices? How much juice do you drink daily and what kinds of food do you add to it and how often if any?

  • Rhaelia

    5 years ago

    Bruschetta Tang Recipe: 2-4 tomatoes, 1 clove of garlic, 1/2 to 1 lemon, 1 bunch or 20 leaves of basil. Makes a very tangy tasty juice! One of my favorites.

  • TeelaHerman.com

    5 years ago

    leggzs,

    Are you on any other medication other than metformin? The reason I ask is that I am on that medication. I don't have diabetes but I do have PCOS so I also have to watch my sugar intake like a diabetic. Grapefruit is my BFF! It is so low in sugar that, when using the 80/20 rule, grapefruit doesn't count as a fruit. It took a bit of time, but I slowly started replacing most of my fruits with grapefruits, lemons and limes and berries (best fruits for diabetics).

    The reason I ask about other medications is because grapefruit can interact with a LOT of medications. Luckily it doesn't with metformin, but it might if you are on other medications....so just be sure to check.

    The sugar in fruit is natural so it is much better for you than processed, refined sugars.....no doubt. And you can enjoy the occasional sweet fruit juice, but keep them in moderation.

  • Leggzs72

    5 years ago

    I am on other asthma medications. Singular and Advair. I also take Prescription Zantac(for heartburn) and Zyrtec(allergies). On occasion I take a migraine medication for my migraines called Butalacet I think. I take the Metformin twice a day, they are 500mg each.

    Thank you for the informative message :)

  • TeelaHerman.com

    5 years ago

    Also, I want to add that not all doctors really truly understand what it means when you tell them you want to do a juice reboot. They are usually thinking you are either planning on living off of Welch's Concord grape juice for a month or more, or they think you are drinking nothing but fresh squeezed orange and apple juice from a juicer.

    I had to spend about 20 minutes talking with my primary care physician, explaining things and answering his questions but he truly listened to me and after talking with me, he still felt that the juice reboot was a bit extreme, he understood that I needed it to break an addiction to unhealthy foods and he supported my decision. He never felt the need to run bloodwork on me or anything,

    I know that no two doctors are alike, but I've found that the more I understand the whole rebooting process, the more I'm able to explain to others what I'm going though or have gone through. And actually now, all of the medical professionals in my life (lol, I have 4 different doctors for varying issues) are completely aware of my juicing (one of them refers to me as The Juicing Coach, lol) and they all support it. Some were skeptical at first, but now, I've had at least 3 doctors ask me the name of the film because they want to recommend it to other patients.

    It frustrates me when I hear people say their doctor said no upfront because there are SO MANY success stories out there of people overcoming diabetes and actually being able to come off their medications altogether. I wish doctors would listen a little more.

    Hang in there.

  • rosepetals

    5 years ago

    When we make the bitter melon juice we drink it straight. It tastes crappy, bitter. We tried adding in other juices to improve the flavor. We found it only stretched out the bitter flavor. Untimately it was easier to drink straight. Over time we have gotten used to it, so it's not as bad tasting as it was in the beginning.

    I have been juicing for some time. Hubby used to be on Metforum. Eventually his blood sugars dropped into a more normal range. Sometimes it goes up when he binges on sugary foods like chocolates. His last ALC, it's a long term blood sugar test that shows how much it's in range over several months was in the normal range if I remember right. His blood pressure has normalized on juicing. It used to run really high. He was on RX. for it. He is the picture of health, his skin looks really nice.

    I have MS, so it's taken longer to see results. I don't have any issues other than MS. It's happening, but its much slower improvements. For me juicing sprouts of all varities has been the most helpful. They say it's super high in nutrients, more so than vegetables and is living until the day you juice it.

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