I have a friend who thinks he might have some type of adult onset diabetes. He is not paleo or primal. I have Mark Sisson's Primal Blueprint and Robb Wolf's Paleo Solution to offer him. In your opinion, what is the better book to convince a a borderline diabetic to go paleo/primal?
In general, I prefer Sisson's book - it's better organized and is a perfect intro to the paleo/primal way of life, but a diabetic should really have the Bernstein book for reference.
Lately, I think I like the Jaminet's Perfect Health Diet book over the books by Wolf or Sisson. But none of them really speak to diabetics, except as an afterthought, as in - "Oh, by the way, if your diabetic, maybe you should keep the carbs a wee bit lower than my standard recommendation..."
Wolf's book is good, but can be off-putting to someone not used to his adolescent style. Such as "Lack of sleep will cock-block weight loss..." (I'm paraphrasing, but kazdha - close enough.)
I'd go in this order: Bernstein, Rosedale, Sisson, Eades', Wolf. Bernstein, Rosedale and Protein Power aren't strictly paleo, but with the reduction of virtually all starchy carbs, the diets start to match up pretty well anyway. Bernstein's book is especially helpful in that it specifically discusses exactly where some of the other diets fall short for diabetics. His own personal story is quite compelling, as well, and should give hope to all diabetics.
Read...."Genocide, How Your doctors dietary advice will kill you ", by Dr David Carlson. Then read Protein Power life plan and use the Purist plan which is Paleo. Also Read Gary Taubes..."Why we get fat and what to do about it, or his more in depth research..."Good Calories Bad Calories."
I have Marks Sissons books. All of them. They are excellent, but I needed to understand the WHY of it. I eat nothing processed. Nothing. No grain, no sugar, no alcohol,The only fruit right now is an occasional small handful of blueberries.. When and if my blood sugar gets down to normal, which it still is not, I will add back some fruit in season, very very carefully. Some days my liver makes sugar during the night and I wake up with blood sugar of around 120. I am told and have read that insulin resistance will improve if I stay on this strict course..
If your friend understands WHY he has type two diabetes, it will help him to know what to do. I myself eat grass fed beef, venison, wild caught salmon and other fish, and range free eggs and a small amount of organic greens. Gary says ( cites from study after study) that some people are SO insulin resistant that even lettuce floods their blood streams with insulin. Each person has to find out how low in the carb department that they need to go.
I am beyond listening to my pill popping doctor and have lost 25 pounds so far in 75 days. I know that when all the belly fat and back fat is gone, then I may find I am no longer having blood sugar issues, but I will never go back to the conventional wisdom( what??) of the low fat diet.
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