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An "Eden" diet: And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which [is] upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which [is] the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
That is a strict vegan diet, seeds, fruit & nuts; could we be healthy & active - & long-lived - on such a diet today?
Typically seeds & nuts provide per 400 g (per 8/9 pound):
protein: 80 g - 320 kcals
carbohydrate: 40 g - 160 kcals
fat: 200 g - 1400 kcals
fibre - 80 g - no digestible calories, but contribute to the total measurement - 2,000 kcals.
Most fruit contain 10% carbohydrate - as sugar - & would give a needed energy boost.
I consider such a diet would provide all we need.
OTOH the modern diet, comprising refined carbs, including sugars, but restricted fats means getting most of our energy from refined carbs, which is NOT what God provided. The post-diluvian addition of meat would provide additional protein & fat but NOT carb.
I've got very interested in diet as a diabetic. I followed the recommended "starchy carb/low fat/low sugar/ low salt" diet for 7-8 years until serious complications set in - extreme tiredness, leg muscle pain, & the beginning of retina damage. I then changed to a "low carb/higher fat" diet & this reversed ALL the complications. Four years on I am healthy, active & free from complications.
About 1/3 of my diet is nuts & seeds, in the form of ground almonds, coconut flour & milled flax. I also eat eggs, dairy, meat & fish, plenty of vegetables (NOT potatoes), limited fruit, plenty of tea & water, a multivitamin/mineral supplement.
Not an Eden diet, not a "caveman" diet, but more of a "hunter-gatherer" post-diluvian diet. My blood glucose is well-controlled.
150 g (4 oz) mixed nut flour
1 1/2 teasp baking powder
1/3 teasp xanthan gum (optional, but strengthens the final texture)
30 g (1 oz) crushed seeds (or uncrushed seeds)
1 teasp cinnamon (good for blood glucose control)
Sieve together & add the residue
100 ml olive oil
30 g butter (melted into the oil)
beat together & add to the nut flour
beat well should be dropping consistency - add another egg if its too thick
Spread out in a 250 mm (9 inch) silicone baking dish
Bake at 170 deg C for 15-20 minutes.
Result is a sponge cake that I use instead of bread/potato/rice/pasta.
If I want sweet cake, I add sultanas and/or sweetener, cocoa powder, ad lib.
A basis for a nourishing drink is 2-3 teasp each ground almond & coconut, mix with cup soup, drinking choc, coffee, tea (fruit tea) made up with boiling water. Stir before you finish as it settles. It provides about 200 kcals - as much as a cereal b'fast, without the unhealthy refined carbs.
The same sort of mix is the basis for a "porridge" which I have every day. It is much more sustaining than cereal, providing similar calories in the form of slow-digesting healthy fats & proteins.
Daibell wrote:Hi. Welcome to the very large club of diabetics! Yes, you are very young to have T2 diabetes. Hopefully with the Metformin, exercise and a low carb diet your blood sugar readings will gradually reduce. If you find that they remain high despite a good low-carb diet over the coming weeks then I would suggest you discuss the possibility that you are a late onset T1 (LADA) rather than a T2. There are two tests that can be done to confirm or eliminate this. Let's hope your blood sugars do come down thru the right diet. BTW, did you lose weight as a result of a diet change or did it happen without warning?
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