Posted on May 14, 2020, 2 p.m.
I recently came across two books: Kick Diabetes Essentials and The Kick Diabetes Cookbook, both of which are written by Brenda Davis, RD with the latter being co-written by Vesanto Melina, MS, RD. These two well written books are authored by registered dietitians who are internationally known nutritional consultants, speakers, academic instructors and writers who are striving to alleviate disease through lifestyle, diet and whole food plant based nutrition.
Current scientific studies are revealing that most people are able to reduce the risk of of developing type 2 diabetes, and many with the disease are able to reverse this disease by adopting a more healthy lifestyle which includes getting enough physical exercise, avoiding being sedentary, managing a diet with proper portion sizes and following a healthy balanced diet. Moreover, research is showing that this may be accomplished by eating a plant based diet along with making other healthy lifestyle changes.
These books help to provide a guide of what you can eat to combat diabetes. Additionally, The Kick Diabetes Cookbook provides 100 quick and easy deliciously satisfying recipes and Kick Diabetes Essentials provides tips on meal planning along with many more recipes to help you along the way all while being packed with solid scientific evidence and practical guidelines to make eating both healthy and a pleasure.
These authors are leading experts with authoritative voices on the effects of whole foods and plant based diets on diabetes prevention and reversal. These definitive guides help to explain the series of metabolic events that can lead to developing diabetes and why it is so harmful to health. In recent years science has been revealing that plant based foods can help to reduce the risk for diabetes and in some cases even reverse it. These books cite research into why plant based foods can lead to success, which are more effective, and how to create a diet, along with exercise, rest, and stress management to form a powerful action plan for improved health and well being.
The books outline foods that can help to regulate blood glucose levels as well as why you should avoid foods that send these levels on a roller coaster. Davis explains that not all carbohydrates promote diabetes while explaining how plant based protein helps to reduce the risk of diabetes and why whole food diets are naturally low in fat and sodium. The 140 recipes show that plant based whole food diets don’t have to be plain and dreadful, rather they provide a range of nutritious fare that varies from comfort food to sinful treats accompanied with a complete nutritional analysis.
Well designed whole food plant based diets can be successful because they work to address the root cause of the disease to utilize the potent protective dietary components found concentrated in these foods that work together to ward of hunger, ease inflammation and oxidative stress, stabilize blood glucose levels, enhance gut micro flora, as well as keeping blood pressure and cholesterol levels under control while minimizing ingestion of harmful components that are highly concentrated in processed foods and animal products that can derail positive progress to improved health and well being.
"With the unprecedented rise of type 2 diabetes, there has been increasing confusion surrounding diet-related treatments. The Kick Diabetes Cookbook is a welcomed solution packed with simple advice, detailed charts and guidelines, and delicious, easy recipes,” writes Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT.
“Kick Diabetes Essentials is a gold mine for people with diabetes. It is packed with solid scientific evidence, practical guidelines, and carefully constructed recipes,” writes Micheal Greger, MD, FACLM, and founder of Nutrition Facts.
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