Paleo Diabetes Diet Solution

THE PALEO DIABETES DIET SOLUTION

I LOVE BOOKS.
And by books, I mean the type made out of paper that you can highlight and circle and dog ear.
I haven’t embraced the digital world…yet.  There’s something about holding a real book with pages and pages of info and delicious recipes…especially if it’s about Prediabetes or Diabetes.
So, I was beyond excited to receive a copy of The Paleo Diabetes Diet Solution by Jill Hillhouse & Lisa Cantkier.
It’s the newest addition to my library and should be in yours too, especially if you’d enjoy eating:
  • Mexican Chicken Soup
  • Roasted Asparagus Salad with Arugula & Hazelnuts
  • Butter Chicken with Cauliflower Rice

 

Questions about Diabetes?  Read The Paleo Diabetes Solution

The Paleo Diabetes Solution is a great place to start if you are living with Type 2 Diabetes.  The authors go in depth about the benefits of being on a Paleo diet and its benefits for balancing blood sugar.
The authors believe that food is information.
I agree.
They also believe that thinking about food this way provides us with a new and important perspective.  What we eat tells the body what to do, so everything we put in our mouths is important and has a consequence – good or bad.
I totally agree. 
I always explain to my clients that everything we eat either has a positive or negative effect on your blood sugar.
So, think about that, the next time you’re faced with having to choose between:
white rice or wild rice
white bread or whole grain bread
fruit juice or a piece of fruit
 

Does Paleo = All Meat All The Time?

When you see the word “Paleo”, do you immediately think “all meat diet?”
Not so my friends.
This book busts the myth that “Paleo” is an all-meat-all-the-time diet.
The Authors explain that the Paleo diet is not about reproducing “cave-man” eating but that it’s more of a framework.
They also share some great analogies, like the Diesel Fuel Analogy.
They suggest that our bodies are designed to run on plant and animal foods that we’ve eaten for years.  Not the processed cereal grains, refined sugars and food-like products that many of us are eating today .

3 Things I Learned From The Paleo Diabetes Diet Solution

  1. In North America, sugar and sweeteners make up 16% of our daily caloric intake.
    That is way, way, waaaaaaaaaaay too much.  If you need help cutting back on the amount of sugar, you’ve been eating, check out this 3-day Sugar Free Challenge, See Ya Later Sugar.
  2. There seems to be a bacterial imbalance in people with Diabetes.  The Authors explain that Type 2 Diabetes may be associated with damage to the lining of our small intestine, promoting inflammation.
    I personally use probiotics and recommend them to all my clients. 
  1. Non stick cookware is coated with poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (used to create the slick surface) that may be linked to decreased fertility, miscarriage & elevated cholesterol.  There are definitely safer alternatives out there.
I know both of these ladies personally and love what they have put together.  The Paleo Diabetes Diet Solution is well written & well researched.
If you want to try incorporating more paleo-style meals in your life, this book is for you.  It has over 100 recipes including Butter Chicken (recipe below)
Here’s the recipe:
Diabetes Recipe Butter Chicken
Butter chicken is without a doubt one of the best-known Indian dishes. Instead of high- carbohydrate rice, this version is served with cauliflower rice. We challenge you to tell the difference!
Makes 6 to 8 servings  
2 tbsp coconut oil
1  large onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp  grated ginger root
2 tsp garam masala (store-bought)
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp chili powder
2 lbs boneless skinless free-range chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
1 can (14 oz) tomato purée
1 can (14 oz) full-fat coconut milk
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  1. In a large skillet, heat coconut oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, for 5 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Add garlic and ginger; cook, stirring, for 1 to 2 minutes. Add garam masala, salt, coriander, cumin, turmeric, paprika, cayenne and chili powder; cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  2. Add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Add green pepper and tomato purée, stirring well. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes or until juices run clear when chicken is pierced.
  3. Add coconut milk and lemon juice; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Serve with Cilantro Cauliflower Rice.

Have you been recently diagnosed with Pre-diabetes?  Check out my series,   Diagnosed With Prediabetes? to get started.
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