Reverse Diabetes Diet Plan & Nutritional Program

Author Sidebar: I never cared for the word "diet". The phrase "superior nutrition program" is a better description of my diabetes program. But, when most people do a Google search, they use the word "diet". So, I gave in to the masses. :-)

To make matters worse, during many of my lectures, I found myself getting lazy because it was easier to just say "diet". Later, I tried to correct that somewhat by using the phrase "super diet". :-)

However, the key message here is that you need more than a "diet" to fight this ferocious disease called Type 2 diabetes. It requires a superior nutrient-dense and powerful nutritional program that can counteract and overcome the many harmful biological processes that fuel this disease.

This nutritional program must be strong enough such that it can help you to go beyond lowering your blood glucose and hemoglobin A1C so that you can get the disease under control, stop its progress and eventually reverse the disease.

This nutritional program must be a science-based and well-structured nutritional program such as the Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program and Super Meal Plate. :-)

But, first, let's address 2 of major questions that most diabetics ask me during a class or a seminar:

  • What foods can I eat? 
  • What is the best diet for my diabetes?

Well, when I was diabetic, I had the exact same questions! 

During my research, I came across a lot of diets that claimed to help people with Type 2 diabetes. But, given the contradictions associated with these diets, I decided to go back to cell biology, nutritional science, disease pathology, and macronutrient metabolism at the cellular level to better understand processes such as glycolysis, lipolysis and ketolysis -- and, how these processes are affected by a disease like Type 2 diabetes. 

Given the complexity of Type 2 diabetes and how it affects people, I realized that no one single diet would work. Eventually, that led me to design a flexible nutritional program that a diabetic could modify, based on their blood glucose readings and how they responded to specific foods; and, also based on the specific health issues that they were dealing with.

But, before we get into the details of nutritional science, cell biology and glucose and fat metabolism and processes such as glycolysis, lipolysis and ketolysis, let's first take a look at why most diabetes diets don't work and why the Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program does work.

Note: If you are really interested in the science behind these biological processes and how they affect your diet and your diabetes, then, refer to our DTD Blog or theTBD Glucose Metabolism (Glycolysis), and Fat Metabolism (Lipolysis) web page. 

There are a lot of diets out there that claim to help with Type 2 diabetes, e.g. Mediterranean Diet, Paleo Diet, Zone Diet, South Beach Diet, Raw Food Diet, Low Fat Diet, Low Carb Diet, Low Carb-High Fat (LCHF) Diet, Keto Diet, Asian Diet, Detox Diet, Vegetarian Diet, Macrobiotic Diet, AIP Diet, etc. 

The good news is that most of these diets will help to lower your blood sugar. The bad news is that these diets don't get rid of your diabetes!

At the end of the day, you're still diabetic and you're still susceptible to the complications of diabetes, e.g. blindness, amputation, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke, etc.

Please Note: Diets such as LCHF and Keto will lower your blood sugar; but, most of these diets fail to address the other root causes of Type 2 diabetes. As a result, although your diabetes may be progressing more slowly, it will still continue to progress unless you address the other root causes. In addition, most of these diets are not sustainable for the long term. The Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program goes far beyond these diets to fight and reduce the root causes of your diabetes.

Key Point: Most of these diets address the symptoms of being diabetic (high blood sugar), but, these diets don't address the actual root causes that fuel your diabetes!  That's why you remain diabetic.

If you want to imagine your life without diabetes, it all starts here -- with eating the right foods and in the right proportions.  These foods contain the necessary nutrients that will address the root causes in order to reverse your diabetes; and, attack and kill the disease before it kills you.

If you have tried various diets and they didn't work, there are 7 major reasons why they didn't work to reverse your diabetes:

1. Lack of Macronutrients/Micronutrients: This is the Number 1 problem with most diabetes diets! These diets do not provide the necessary and critical nutrients that your body requires to not only control your diabetes but to defeat, destroy and reverse the disease.

Some diabetes diets avoid at least one major macronutrient in order to manipulate your blood sugar. But, the diet won't be effective in fighting and reversing your diabetes due to the lack of key macronutrients and micronutrients, e.g. magnesium, potassium, selenium, chlorophyll, Vitamin B-Complex, Vitamin C, fiber.

Key nutrient deficiencies include Omega-3 fats, Vitamin A (real Vitamin A!), Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K2, magnesium and chromium.

The Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program provides these key nutrients.

Please Note: Taking a bunch of vitamins is not the answer! The aforementioned nutrient deficiencies can only be fixed (for the most part) by eating the right foods that contain these nutrients!

2. Narrow Focus on Blood Sugar: Most, if not all, diabetes diets focus on lowering your blood sugar by following a low GI diet and/or a low carb/high fat diet. This may work in the short term, but, since, Type 2 diabetes is more than a blood sugar problem, a low GI/low carb diet will not work in the long run! 

Unfortunately, most people have been told and misled that by eating low glycemic index (GI) foods that it will lower their blood glucose and reverse their diabetes.

Yes, eating low GI foods and more fat/protein will lower your blood glucose, but, it won't reverse your diabetes. Why? 

Because low GI, low carb and high protein/fat diets don't address the other harmful biological processes and root causes that fuel Type 2 diabetes. These harmful biological processes and root causes  that fuel your diabetes include cellular inflammation, excess oxidation, RBC glycation, toxicity, and unbalanced hormones (stress).

Also, most of these diets may not be sustainable for most people over a period of years. Instead, you need a more flexible diet that can be modified and altered based on your fasting/post-meal blood glucose readings and how your body is responding in other areas, e.g. blood pressure, inflammation markers, etc.

In addition, although these diets will lower your blood glucose, eventually, over a period of time, your blood glucose will gradually start to go back up. 

Consequently, you want a diabetes program that addresses more than blood sugar, including these other biological processes -- otherwise, you may have good blood glucose readings, but, you'll still be diabetic; and, eventually, your blood glucose will start to go back up.

Another key aspect of low GI, low carb and high protein/fat diets is that they fail to address cell repair which is critical to being able to reverse your diabetes. You can't reverse your diabetes by simply lowering your blood sugar!

The Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program goes far beyond your blood sugar and addresses the root causes of your diabetes.

3. Not Flexible or Customizable: Most diabetes diets are not flexible enough to support your lifestyle and specific health needs. You end up making too many compromises and gradually you begin to dislike the diet because of all the compromises you had to make.

Also, most diabetes diets are not customized to fit your needs -- it's usually a one-size-fits-all kind of diet. The DTD Nutritional Program is not a one-size-fits-all program -- it is customized based on your blood glucose readings and how you respond specifically to various foods. This program is modifiable in order to support your specific health needs.

In addition, some diabetes diets are too expensive. Despite what you've heard, it does not have to cost more to eat healthy. Make sure that the diet program is not expensive, especially if finances are a concern for you.

The Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program is flexible and versatile and can be modified to fit your taste preferences and lifestyle.

4. Lack of Clarity and Real Science: Most diabetes diets don't clearly state what specific foods to avoid and what specific foods to eat (and why). These diets may tell you the obvious foods to avoid and eat, but, fail to explain how to actually design your meals to "attack" and "destroy" your diabetes.

In addition, most diabetes diets are based on pseudo-science without any collaborating science/clinical studies. So although these diets may appear to work in the short term, they fail in the long term because these diets don't address the sciences and clinical studies behind the real root causes of your diabetes.

The Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program is based on various sciences including medical sciences, engineering sciences, disease pathology, pathophysiology, pathogenesis, nutritional science, cell biology, etc. Refer to the Sciences and Clinical Studies web pages.

5. Limited Scope/Too Complex: Most diabetes diets are limiting in their scope, that is, they fail to address all the aspects of a complete nutritional wellness program, such as how to safely detox and how to safely wean off the diabetic drugs (which keep your body in a diabetic state!).

In addition, some diabetes diets are too complex and requires a lot of carb counting and calorie counting. Or, the diet will have a new numbering system that you have to learn. Your diet should be simple and easy to use.

The Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program is very comprehensive and easy to use and follow.

6. Lack of Emotional Support: Most diabetes diets don't really address the emotional side of diabetes. Sure, they try by recommending that you join a support group, but, they don't really help you understand how to deal with these negative emotions. Why? Because the authors of most of these diets don't really understand what it means to be diabetic.

The Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program provides emotional support in several ways, e.g. support group, training, health coaching, workshops, seminars, books, ebooks, etc.

7. Doesn't Taste Good: Most diabetes diets and their recipes just don't taste good! Also, most diabetes diets don't really explain how to transform some of your favorite meals into healthy, diabetic-friendly meals. After all, how can you stick with a diet, if you don't like the taste of the food?

Because of these 7 reasons, most diabetes diets don't work in the long run and are difficult to stick with for any length of time. And, if you can't stick with the diet for more than a few months, then, it's a waste of time to even start with the program.

The Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program explains how to transform your meals so that you will enjoy the taste.

What About the Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program?

The good news is that the Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program addresses all 7 of these reasons plus more! 

The Death to Diabetes (DTD) Nutritional Program clearly defines the specific foods and nutrients that you need to eat and what specific foods to avoid in order to control, reverse and defeat your diabetes.

The DTD Nutritional Program goes beyond just controlling blood sugar to address the actual root causes of your diabetes and explains how to change the biochemistry in your body in order to reverse and defeat your diabetes.

In addition, the DTD Nutritional Program addresses cell repair, which is critical to optimum health and reversing your diabetes. Other programs fail to mention or address cell repair because they don't know how!

As a result, as part of the Death to Diabetes 6-Stage Wellness Program (depicted in the following diagram), the DTD Nutritional Program is able to change your body's biochemistry from a diabetic state (Stage 1) to a reversed state (Stage 4) and finally to a non-diabetic state (Stage 6).

DTD 6 Reverse Diabetes Stages

Note: This program can also be used for treating other forms of diabetes, especially Type 3 diabetes (Alzheimer's).

Note: Most LCHF and ketogenic diets may get you to Stage 4, but, they will not get you to a full reversal of your diabetes (Stage 6) because most of these diets are not sustainable for long periods of time --especially if your health goals include cell repair and reversing your diabetes completely.

The DTD Nutritional Program is flexible enough to include aspects of diets such as LCHF and ketogenic, but, only for a short period of time, so that you can eventually reach Stage 6. For more details about the ketogenic, LCHF and Paleo diets, refer to the Ketogenic, LCHF and Paleo Diets web page.

Consequently, you can make some modifications to the DTD Nutritional Program's macronutrient percentages and proportions and transform the diet (based on your blood glucose testing) into a lighter version of a ketogenic or LCHF diet --  but, this should only be done for short periods of time to "kickstart" your metabolism and cell repair processes.

Note: For more details about cell repair, refer to the Cell Repair and Healing Phases web page.

Getting back to those 7 reasons why diets fail, unlike many other diets, the author designed his program to be flexible and customizable based on blood glucose testing and other blood tests, because everyone has different health issues associated with their diabetes and everyone responds differently to various foods.

Being an engineer, the author believes in science, technology and mathematics, so he used clinical studies and different sciences to design his program, e.g. cell biology, biochemistry, disease pathology, etiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis, etc. 

The scope of the Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program goes beyond other diets by providing 3 levels of severity, based on the severity level of your diabetes and how many complications you're dealing with.

In addition, this program provides multiple natural therapies, because diabetes is too complex of a disease to try to fix with just a diet.

The DTD Nutritional Program addresses the 12 dark emotions and how they control us (subconsciously) and sabotage us, making it difficult to fight and defeat this disease.

And, finally, the DTD Nutritional Program explains how to make healthy foods taste good! In fact, this program explains how to transform some of your favorite foods and comfort foods into healthier foods that don't spike your blood sugar. 

Note: For more detailed information about the DTD Nutritional Program, refer to the next section below; and, for more information about why diets don't work, please go to our Why Most Diets Don't Work web page.

Author Sidebar: While I was in the hospital, some of the foods and beverages that I was given included cereal, oatmeal, mashed potatoes, bread, rice, soda, and coffee. Later, when I got out of the hospital, I found out that these were not good foods for a diabetic! 

Also, during my research, I discovered a lot of conflicting information about diabetes nutrition and so-called reverse diabetes diets that made it difficult trying to decide what to eat and what not to eat.

There were hundreds of books, ebooks, DVDs, doctors and other experts claiming that they had the perfect diabetes diet for diabetics. But, most of these books and doctors couldn't identify the real root causes of Type 2 diabetes!

And, if they couldn't identify and explain the root causes, then, how in the world can they claim to have the solution? As engineers, one of the first things that we learn is that in order to solve a problem, you must understand what is actually causing the problem -- you must perform, what we call, a root cause analysis (using Ishikawa diagrams and other engineering tools).

As a result, due to the amount of incorrect and conflicting information and the lack of root cause analysis, I began to see why so many people continued to struggle with this disease and why so many so-called reverse diabetes diets failed ...

So, after reviewing and analyzing about 32 various diets, I decided that I needed to start from scratch with biochemistry, cell biology, diabetes pathology and nutritional science to design a nutritional program (diet) that would specifically target Type 2 diabetes and actually help to reverse Type 2 diabetes naturally.

I decided to focus on the harmful biological processes that fuel this disease and the super foods that contained the specific nutrients and nutritional properties that could counter those harmful biological processes and reduce their harmful effects on the human body.

Initially, I developed a comprehensive Excel spreadsheet that contained hundreds of foods with their nutritional facts, e.g. number of calories, number of grams of carbs, proteins, fats, fiber, net-carbs, vitamins, minerals, glycemic index, etc.

Having all of this data in one place made it easy for me to design a set of effective meals with a list of key attributes that would reverse Type 2 diabetes naturally.

But, because it was difficult trying to explain an Excel spreadsheet, I transformed the spreadsheet into into a diagram of a meal plate.

Later, I transformed the diagram into a model, that I named the DTD Superior Nutritional Program and Model. Later, I shortened the name to the Super Meal Model or the  Super Meal Plate Model.

Since there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all-diet, I specifically designed my reverse diabetes nutritional program to be flexible and customizable, based on a diabetic's blood glucose, hemoglobin A1C, blood pressure, and other health parameters. 

And, all of this was designed to achieve the objective to help reverse Type 2 diabetes naturally.

Note: Of course, you need more than just a diet to reverse your diabetes. You need to utilize multiple alternative therapies to successfully attack your diabetes if you want to stop its progression and reverse the disease.

Health Benefits | DTD  Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Diet Plan

The Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program (aka DTD Diet) provides many benefits, especially for people who are struggling with managing and controlling Type 2 diabetes.

Some of those benefits include the following:

  • Turn your body into a fat-burning machine!
  • Lower your blood glucose level to the normal range
  • Reverse your diabetes 
  • Lose weight effortlessly and permanently
  • Lose the belly fat and feel energized!
  • Lower blood pressure!
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Less pain and discomfort
  • No nutrient deficiencies
  • Save your hard-earned money!
  • No need for toxic drugs! (and their side effects)
  • Enjoy eating without the anxiety!
  • Look good and feel good!
  • Avoid the "insulin addiction" trap!
  • Enjoy weddings, picnics, birthday parties, and other social events!
  • Enjoy a better sex life!
  • Surprise your friends who will think you had a face-lift or liposuction!
  • Prevent a heart attack, stroke, blindness, amputation, or kidney failure!

In addition, this nutritional program is easy to implement and does not require any calorie or carb counting as long as you adhere to the Super Meal Plate Model (see below).

Although this DTD Diet has some of the attributes of a low carb high fat (LCHF) diet, it is a lot more than that because it addresses the root causes and biological processes that fuel Type 2 diabetes.

Reverse Diabetes Diet Plan: Nutritional Program for Type 2 Diabetes:

Type 2 diabetes is a rotting disease! You need to stop the rot!

You need a diet plan, actually a nutritional program that will actually work and stop the rot!

The Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program and Super Meal Diet is that program.

In order to successfully fight and defeat this disease, you need a powerful macronutrient and micronutrient dense reverse  diabetes diet plan and nutritional protocol program that would stop the rot and the progress of diabetes at the cellular level -- in order to reverse your diabetes naturally.

You need a reverse diabetes diet plan and nutritional program that is science-based and is not the latest diabetic fad diet in a long line of failed fad diets.

You need a reverse diabetes diet plan and and nutritional program that addresses more than high blood sugar by addressing the 5 major biological root causes of your diabetes.

You need a reverse diabetes diet plan and nutritional program like the Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program (aka the  Death to Diabetes Super Meal Diet), which was designed by an ex-diabetic engineer.

As you can see from the diagram (below), the Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program identifies 4 key elements: (1) the super foods that you should eat; (2) the "dead" foods that you should avoid; (3) the key nutritional supplements; and, (4) the key herbal supplements.

These four key elements of this nutritional program help to address the root causes of Type 2 diabetes and the biological processes that fuel this disease.

More specifically, the Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program helps your body to reduce it's production of insulin and blood glucose -- this is a critical first step. Then, the Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program also helps your body to reduce chronic inflammation, excess oxidation (free radical damage), excess RBC glycation, and excess toxicity.

Then, the Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program helps to initiate your body's cell repair process to repair and heal the cells and tissues that have been damaged from the diabetes. 

The Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program is more than a "low-carb" diet! It is a balanced macronutrient diet -- not strictly a "low-carb" diet. This program is designed to specifically address Type 2 diabetes and the biochemical problems that it causes in the human body. In order to do that, the author had to identify specific macronutrients and micronutrients that the body requires at the cellular level in order to attack the root causes of Type 2 diabetes and change the body's biochemistry in order to reverse the disease.

A low-carb diet, on the other hand, focuses strictly on avoiding most carbs in order to manipulate and artificially lower one's blood sugar. As a result, a person who follows strictly a low-carb diet will still be diabetic even though their blood sugar is lower. Why? Because a low-carb diet lacks the key micronutrients and phytochemcials that are required to fight the diabetes at the cellular level, address the root causes of the disease, and change the biochemistry in your body from being diabetic back to being non-diabetic.

So, you want a program that is a lot more comprehensive than a "low-carb" diet if your objective is to reverse and get rid of your diabetes.

And, finally, the Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program helps to address the specific long-term complications associated with Type 2 diabetes, e.g. retinopathy, neuropathy, nephropathy, high blood pressure, chronic fatigue, slow-healing bruises, leg ulcers, heart disease, stroke, etc. A low-car diet does not do that!

Now, let's take a look at the high levelstructure of the Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program.

Reverse Diabetes Diet Plan Chart


As depicted in the chart, there are super foods that you should eat and there are "dead" foods that you should avoid in order to better manage  and reverse your diabetes.

In addition, there are key nutritional and herbal supplements that should be added, based on your specific health issues to help you with managing and reversing your diabetes.

Refer to the description section below for more details.

Transitioning From High Carb to Lower Carb

As depicted in the following diagram, the Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program requires that you transition from what you're currently eating, which is usually the conventional high-carb, low fat diet.

The high carb, low fat diet is the diet that is primarily responsible for today's diabetes and obesity epidemics.


The Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program requires that you eat smaller meals with a lot less carbs, less protein, and more healthy fats, but, eat them in balance in order to lower and stabilize blood glucose levels and reduce insulin resistance, chronic inflammation and protein glycation.

Note: Although Mr. McCulley recommends the 4 smaller meals when you start, he reminds everyone that his nutritional program is set up to be modified and adjusted, based on your blood glucose testing and other blood tests once you reach Stages 5 and 6.

Consequently, once you stabilize your blood glucose, you have the flexibility to modify the number of meals and your macronutrient percentages. 

For example, if you want to implement Intermittent Fasting (IF) to reduce the number of daily meals; or, if you want implement a low-carb-high fat (LCHF) diet to speed up your weight loss, you can do so once you have stabilized your blood glucose. But, make sure that you increase your blood glucose testing to prevent a hypoglycemic episode.

Mr. McCulley make his nutritional program flexible because he believes that there is no one-size-fits-all diet that works for everyone. That is why he made his diabetes  program flexiblemodifiable and customizable based on blood glucose testing and other blood tests.


Note 1: These macronutrient percentages are average guidelines that you use when you first start with the program!

Optional Strategies Strictly for People who Want "Low-Carb"

Although we don't recommend, if you are strictly interested in "low-carb", you can transform our "balanced" diet into a "low-carb" diet. But, the reason why we don't recommend it is because a low-carb diet, by itself, doesn't provide the key micronutrients that your body requires in order to reverse and defeat your diabetes. A low-carb diet will lower your blood sugar, but, at the end of the day, your body is still in a diabetic state. So, be careful with low-card diets.

With that said, if you still want to follow a low-carb diet, you can modify our percentages to make it easier for your body to transition from the conventional high carb eating habits that most people follow to a moderately low-carb high fat profile of eating less carbs, less protein and more healthy fats.

Then, you will adjust these percentages based on your blood glucose readings  and other factors.  If necessary, gradually lower your carb and protein percentages and increase your fats to further reduce your body's production of insulin.

Modify your diet's macronutrient percentages to align with a low-carb, high fat diet of more green vegetables, raw green juices and a lot more healthy fats, e.g. 10 to 25% plant-based carbs, 60 to 80% healthy fats, 10 to 20% lean proteins.

Note 2: The Death to Diabetes (DTD) Diet has 3 macronutrient levels, based on the amount of carbs that you consume:

  • Macronutrient Level 1: 30% to 40% Carbs (base level of program) 
  • Macronutrient Level 2: 20% to 30% Carbs (LCHF-like)
  • Macronutrient Level 3: 10% to 20% Carbs (Keto-like)

Based on these percentages, the base macronutrient level of the DTD Diet is at the higher end of a LCHF Diet. And, the highest macronutrient level of the DTD Diet is at the lower end of an LCHF Diet or Keto Diet.

However, we did not label the DTD Diet as an LCHF Diet because the DTD Diet is a lot more than your typical LCHF Diet!

Consequently, you can lower the carb and protein percentages and increase the fat percentage in the DTD Diet to transform it to an LCHF-like Diet -- as depicted in the following diagram -- as long as you make the changes based on your blood glucose readings.


Although we don't recommend it except for extreme cases, you can also transition to a Keto-like Diet. However, we strongly recommend that you do that under proper medical supervision. In addition, you must increase your blood glucose testing as well as testing for ketones.

Please Note!: One of the biggest mistakes that some people make when they change their diet is that they transition immediately usually from a high carb diet to a very low carb diet to accelerate their weight loss or lower their blood sugar more quickly.

Unfortunately, the human body is not designed to go through such drastic changes so quickly. So, although the diet works initially, over time, this can create a "boomerang" effect (unbalanced hormones & biochemicals) which can lead to cravings, headaches, gastrointestinal distress, hypoglycemia and wild blood glucose swings.

Consequently, you should lower your carb and protein percentages and increase your fat percentages gradually, preferably based on your blood glucose readings.

And, as you modify your macronutrient percentages, we recommend that you increase your blood glucose readings to ensure that you don't have a hypoglycemic episode.

Also, if you decide to lower your carbs further to transition to a keto-like diet, make sure that you do so with proper medical supervision; and, also, make sure that you test your ketones more frequently. 

Note 3: These macronutrient percentages are averages that should only be used as a guideline and starting point! Make the necessary modifications, based on your blood glucose readings and other factors.

Note 4: Although we don't recommend it for diabetics, the DTD Nutritional Program can transition to a ketogenic or LCHF-like diet -- by increasing the Fat percentage and lowering the Carbohydrate and Protein percentages. However, consult with your doctor and get his/her approval before you convert to a ketogenic or LCHF diet.

Note 5: One of the unintended benefits of the DTD Diet is that it can be used as a transition diet for Keto, LCHF and Paleo followers who want to get off their diet and not regain the weight that they lost. The reason why the DTD Diet can be used as a transition diet is because it is more of a balanced diet and not an extreme diet. As a result, you can transition to the DTD Diet once you have reached your weight loss goals.

Note 6: There are specific autoimmune-related health issues that are not addressed by the DTD, Keto or LCHF diets, e.g. autoimmune diseases, thyroid problems, leaky gut syndrome,Type 1 diabetes, Type 1.5 diabetes, etc. 

And, because clients were coming to us with autoimmune deficiency issues, the author developed a nutritional program for autoimmune diseases called the DTD AIP & Autoimmune Diseases Nutritional Program. This program was designed for people with Type 1 diabetes, Type 1.5 diabetes (LADA), thyroid disorders, and other autoimmune diseases. For more details, refer to the Autoimmune Diseases and DTD AIP & Autoimmune Diseases Nutritional Program web pages.

But, for now, let's take a look at the overall meal plate layout and structure of the DTD Nutritional Program's Super Meal Plate. 

The following diagram is a pictorial representation of the DTD Nutritional Program and what your (super) meal plate should look like when you adhere to this program -- in order to reverse Type 2 diabetes naturally.

Reverse Diabetes Diet Plan Description

Reverse Diabetes Diet Plan Super Meal Plate:

Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program

The Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program (aka the DTD Reverse Diabetes Diet Plan or DTD Super Meal Model Plate) was designed by the author after reviewing and analyzing more than 30 different diets -- to address the vitamin/mineral deficiencies, the cell damage (rotting), the excess toxicity, the cell inflammation, the glycation, and the free radical damage -- all caused by the diabetes.

By addressing these damaging biological processes, this reverse diabetes diet plan and nutritional program is powerful enough to reverse your diabetes and prevent further cell damage and the onset of blindness, amputation, kidney failure, heart attack and stroke.

This type of plant-based diabetes diet plan is supported by hundreds of clinical studies, including the China Study, which substantiate the benefits of a plant-based nutritional program to prevent and possibly reverse the effects of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.

Consequently, if you adhere to the Reverse Diabetes Diet Plan or Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program (Super Meal Model Plate), you will notice your blood glucose readings start to come down almost immediately! And, if you adhere to the complete Death to Diabetes 10-Step Wellness Program, including the detox, exercise, and drug weaning, you can get your blood glucose level back to the normal range within 90-120 days.

Sidebar: There are diabetes diet programs out there that claim to reverse your diabetes in less than 30 days. But, biologically that is impossible since it takes at least 30 days to begin turning over your damaged red blood cells. And, it takes 90 to 120 days to turn over most of your damaged red blood cells (Note: Red blood cells have a life cycle of 90-120 days).

The  Reverse Diabetes Diet Plan or Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program has many of the attributes of other well-known diets, but, this diet specifically includes critical nutritional modifications that attack the real root causes of Type 2 diabetes in order to reverse the disease. This nutritional program goes beyond those other diets because it doesn't just address the symptoms of high blood sugar. 

In addition, this reverse  diabetes diet plan will help to better control Type 1 diabetes with less insulin requirements.

FYI: These other well-known diets include the Mediterranean Diet, Paleo Diet, Zone Diet, South Beach Diet, Raw Food Diet, Asian Diet, Detox Diet, Vegetarian Diet, Keto Diet, LCHF Diet, Macrobiotic Diet and AIP Diet.

Eat to Beat Diabetes!

The Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program aka Reverse Diabetes Diet Plan is part of a comprehensive 10-step and 6-stage clinically-proven reverse diabetes wellness program that is designed to stop the rotreduce the inflammation and insulin resistance; and improve the health of people suffering with Type 2 diabetes.

This diabetes nutritional program (or reverse diabetes diet plan) is more than "a diabetes diet" as it is designed to treat and prevent the long-term complications associated with Type 2 diabetes.

This diabetes nutritional program or reverse diabetes diet plan provides the missing vitamins and minerals and helps to strengthen the immune system; avoid the 4 major silent killers; and, address insulin resistance, chronic inflammation, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, chronic fatigue, and other similar systemic ailments.

Some people see this nutritional program or reverse diabetes diet plan as a "low carb" diet, but, the author sees his program as a lot more than a "low-carb" diet that provides very effective diabetic recipes.

The author sees his nutritional program (or reverse diabetes diet plan) as a "balanced" diet because there is a balance of superior carbs, proteins, and fats. He also identifies his carbs, proteins and fats as "high quality" to distinguish them from the regular and processed foods.  Later, the author changed the description from "high quality" to "super" because it was more descriptive and seemed to better engage the audience. 

Diets that are identified as "low this" or "high that" (e.g. low-carb, low-fat, high-fat, high-protein) tend to be fad diets that work initially but don't work in the long term, especially when you're fighting a disease like diabetes.

Consequently, this nutritional program can be used by non-diabetics, who want to lose weight, lower their blood pressure, or just improve their overall health.

This reverse diabetes diet plan utilizes the 5 "live" super foods, which the author calls "super" carbs, "super" proteins, "super" fats and "super" liquids because of their nutrient content and ability to improve your health.

This reverse diabetes diet plan uses these "super" macronutrients to create combo-super foods, balanced diabetic recipes, combo-super meals, and super snacks, including omelets, casseroles, salads, sandwiches, smoothies, soups, stews, and stir-frys.

And, don't forget the importance of key minerals such as magnesium, potassium, chromium, and real salt -- all working together to stop the rot, repair the cellular damage, and reverse Type 2 diabetes naturally.

This reverse diabetes diet plan and its Super Meal Plate Mmodel were designed by the author to make it easier for diabetics (and non-diabetics) to design healthy, balanced meals without having to spend a lot of time counting calories and carbohydrates. Calorie-counting (and carb counting) can be time-consuming and very frustrating. :-)

And, given everything that a diabetic has to deal with, the author felt it was important to keep things as simple as possible. Consequently, the calories and carbs are "built into" the super meal plate model (which has been submitted as a medical/nutritional science IP, one of the many invention proposals associated with "Death to Diabetes").

FYI: The author initially started out with a 40%-30%-30% carb/protein/fat balance as a guideline. Of course, these percentages will be different for everyone and will change based on your blood glucose testing, because everyone responds differently to various foods and everyone has different health issues; plus, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all diet that actually works.

Consequently, this diet plan is a flexible and customizable diet based on your food preferences and health needs. For example, if you prefer animal meat, you can still follow our program by eating skinless and antibiotic-hormone-free meats. And, if you prefer to avoid animal meat and follow a raw food diet plan, you can do so and still stick with our program by eating plant-based and non-animal-based proteins.

In the author's case, he quickly moved from eating too many processed carbs and meat to eating a lot less but healthier plant-based carbs and healthier fats, based on his blood glucose testing. He replaced all of his carbs and most of his proteins and fats with plant-based and some grass-fed foods. He also found that by keeping his meals simple, it was easy to stick with his nutritional program's Super Meal Plate Model.

Consequently, it is imperative that you use blood glucose testing to customize the model to fit your specific health needs.

Please Note: If you are taking a blood thinner (such as Coumadin), you can still eat green vegetables as long as you eat a consistent amount on a daily basis. But, always consult with your physician before making any dietary changes.

For the science behind the Reverse Diabetes Diet Plan or DTD Nutritional Program (and Super Meal Model Plate), read about nutritional science and the clinical studies that the author used to design his model.

The Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program is truly THE Reverse Diabetes Diet Plan for Diabetics, because it is specifically designed to reverse Type 2 diabetes naturally -- by providing balanced diabetic recipes that provide a more sustained level of energy and key nutrients that diabetics (and non-diabetics) are missing when they consume the more traditional grain-based, overly-processed, nutrient-poor, starchy meal.

The Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program (or reverse diabetes diet plan) has a very nutrient-dense protocol that provides nutrients including: carotenoids, antioxidants, Omega-3 EFAs (EPA, DHA), lauric acid (MCFAs), chlorophyll, magnesium, potassium, chromium, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, fiber, water -- all designed to stop the rot and repair the damage caused by the diabetes (and the diabetic medications).

These critical nutrients help to cleanse/detox and strengthen your immune system, so that it can defend your body while initiating the necessary biological processes to repair the damage caused by the diabetes.

These critical nutrients are found in various foods such as vegetables, fruits, lentils, legumes, herbs and spices, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

In addition, by avoiding the grain-based breakfastthe 5 "dead" foods, and many of the so-called “healthy” foods, diabetics and non-diabetics will not experience the mid-morning “crash” or craving for processed food/beverages.

Also, avoiding grain, gluten, most dairy and excess animal meat helps to heal the gastrointestinal system, especially if you are sensitive to these foods or have leaky gut syndrome.

Over time, the Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program (or Reverse Diabetes Diet Plan) and its diabetic recipes will support blood glucose stabilization, cell repair and the regulation of the body's production proper production and utilization of insulin, and a healthy gut.

KEY POINT: This diabetes diet is not a weight loss diet.

Although the Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program can help with weight loss, it is not a weight loss diet!

This diet is a nutrient-dense and macronutrient-balanced wellness diet that changes the biochemistry in your cells to transform your body's biochemical state from diabetic back to non-diabetic.

As depicted in the following diagram, this diabetes program changes your body's biochemistry from diabetic to non-diabetic in 6 stages.

Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Diabetic to Non-diabetic in 6 Stages

By changing the biochemistry in your cells, it changes the biochemical and hormonal states in your cells and tissues to reduce the insulin resistance, cellular inflammation excess oxidation, and excess toxicity so that your body will gradually change back from being diabetic to being non-diabetic.

This cannot be emphasized enough -- you must change the biochemistry in your body if you want to reverse and defeat this disease.

Unfortunately, most diets focus on weight loss and calorie/carb counting instead of how to stop the progression of the disease and prevent the long-term complications.

Even if you're only insulin-resistant or pre-diabetic, this diet's nutritional protocol can still help you prevent your body from becoming full-blown diabetic.

Also, because this is a wellness diet, it can be modified to address other health issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, chronic fatigue, hypoglycemia, gout, arthritis, etc.

Note: Please keep in mind that you do not have to be overweight to be diabetic! Almost 11% of Type 2 diabetics are not overweight. That's why it's important to follow a wellness program such as the Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program instead of a weight loss program!

Note: Refer to the clinical studies, including the China Study, which substantiate the benefits of a plant-based nutritional program to prevent and possibly reverse the effects of heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers.

Note: The Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program can also be used for treating other forms of diabetes, especially Type 3 diabetes (Alzheimer's).

Reverse Diabetes Diet Plan: Attributes

Here is a list of the key attributes associated with the  Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program (reverse diabetes diet plan) to help reverse your Type 2 diabetes naturally:

  • More Frequent Meals (3 to 6 times/day)
  • Smaller Meals (400-500 calories)
  • Plant-based Meals
  • Balanced & Effective Diabetic Recipes
  • Balance of Macronutrients 
  • Use of "Super" Carbs, Proteins, Fats and Liquids
  • At least half the plate is full of low-glycemic vegetables
  • Key Micronutrients, e.g. vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals 
  • High Fiber Content (30-35g/day)
  • Fermented Foods (3-5 times/week)
  • Raw Vegetables (50%-80%)
  • Steamed Vegetables (Note: Don't boil your vegetables!)
  • Some Raw (Low-Glycemic) Fruits
  • (Note: Limited Fruits During 1st 3 Stages)
  • Wild-caught fish, e.g. wild salmon, sardines
  • Grass-fed animal meat, e.g. chicken, turkey, beef, bison
  • Plant oils, e.g. extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil
  • Raw nuts and seeds, e.g. almond, walnut, chia, flax, etc.
  • Raw grass-fed milk, butter/ghee, cheese, sour cream 
  • No vegetable oils, e.g. corn, soybean, canola oil
  • Nutritional Supplementation (Food-based)
  • 3 Levels of Severity of the Diet
  • Antioxidants, Anti-inflammatories, Detoxifiers, Immune System Supporters
  • Minimum/No flour, gluten,sugar, wheat, fructose, processed foods, fast foods
  • No Grains During 1st 4 Stages
  • Minimum/No HFCS, PHO, nitrates, artificial sweeteners, food additives
  • Minimum/No caffeine, alcohol, drugs
  • Minimum/No dairy, especially pasteurized cow's milk/cheese; gluten (especiallyfor Type 1s)

Key Point 1: This is a very versatile and flexible diet. For example, if you want to go vegan, you can still follow this diet. In fact, when theauthor first got out of the hospital (after recovering from the coma), he had to go vegan for close to a yearbecause his gastrointestinal system was unable to digest animal meat. 

Key Point 2: This is not a low fat diet! Ironically, low fat diets helped to create the obesity and diabetes epidemics!

Good News!: This is the only nutritional program/diabetes diet that explains how to enjoy some of your favorite foods and comfort foods -- after you have changed the chemistry in your body back to a non-diabetic state.

Reverse Diabetes Diet Changes Biochemistry from Diabetic State to Non-diabetic State

This diabetes nutritional program helps to reverse your diabetes by changing the biochemistry in your body from a diabetic state to a non-diabetic state.

Biochemistry from Diabetic State to Non-diabetic State Reverses Diabetes

More specifically, if you implement all 6 stages and 10 steps of the Death to Diabetes Wellness Program, then you can reverse your diabetes -- by changing your body's biochemistry to normalize your blood glucose and hemoglobin A1C.

In addition, the program will help to reduce the cell inflammation, the excess oxidation (free radical damage), the excess protein glycation (RBC damage); and, also, the accumulated toxicity within your cells.

Super Carbs, Proteins, Fats & Liquids

Author Sidebar: As you are aware, there are 3 major macronutrients: carbs, proteins and fats.  I decided to add a 4th macronutrient, called liquids, because of the importance of water.

As a result, my Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program (and Super Meal Plate) is made up of super carbs, super proteins, super fats and super liquids.

Super Carbs | Reverse Diabetes Diet Plan

Super Carbohydrates include mono-, di-, and poly-saccharides in the form of bright, colorful and green, leafy vegetables and some dark, colorful fruits.

In addition, these super carbs include various herbs & spices, some legumes & lentils, medicinal mushrooms, and some specific organic whole grains (primarily for vegans).

Top Vegetables

Some of the top vegetables for fighting diabetes include the following:

  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Bell Pepper
  • Beet Greens
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Collard Greens
  • Cucumber
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Mustard Greens
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Spinach
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnip Greens
  • Watercress

Leafy, green vegetables are packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber but are low in calories, making them perfect for fighting a disease like Type 2 diabetes.

Eating a diet rich in leafy greens can offer numerous health benefits including reduced risk of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and mental decline.

For example, kale is considered one of the most nutrient-dense vegetables on the planet due to its many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants such as lutein and beta-carotene, which reduce the risk of diseases caused by oxidative stress.

Another example is spinach, which is a popular leafy green vegetable that is packed with folate, which plays a key role in red blood cell production and the prevention of neural tube defects in pregnancy. 

And, don't forget about broccoli, which is perfect for fighting diabetes because it contains the highest level of chromium of any land vegetable along with being a great source of vitamins K and C, and also provides potassium, fiber and Vitamin C.

Broccoli is also a good source of vitamin B1, vitamin B6, vitamin E, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, zinc, calcium, iron, niacin and selenium.

For more details about vegetables and their benefits, refer to the Power of Vegetables web page.

The Bottom Line with Green Vegetables
Leafy green vegetables are packed with important and powerful nutrients that are critical for good health, especially when you're fighting a disease like Type 2 diabetes.

Fortunately, many leafy greens can be found year round, and they can easily be incorporated into your meals — in surprising and diverse ways.

To reap the many impressive health benefits of leafy greens, make sure to include a variety of these vegetables in your diet by eating them raw, lightly steamed or sauteed; or, by juicing them or adding them to a green smoothie.

FYI: Eating mostly raw or lightly-steamed green vegetables can accelerate your body's repair process and your body's ability to reverse your diabetes.

During the first 3 stages of Death to Diabetes 6-stage program, try to stick with the above-the-ground green, leafy vegetables, which are mostly low-glycemic vegetables and contain very few carbs. 


Vegetables : Carbs, Fiber & Net Carbs

Here is a list of some of the more common vegetables with their total carbs, fiber content, and net carbs, based on a serving of 100 grams.

Vegetables Table

Whole Fruits

Although fruits provide nutrients such as fiber and Vitamin C, you should try to avoid most fruits, especially during the first 3 stages of the program.

After Stage 3, you can eat some low-glycemic whole fruits. Examples include dark, bright colored fruits such as açai berries, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, strawberries, apples, grapes, pears, kiwi, lemons, limes, and pomegranates.

For more information about which fruits to eat, refer to our Super Fruits for Diabetes web page.

Note: We recommend that most diabetics avoid all grains and most fruits during the first 3 stages of the program to reduce insulin surges and help reduce inflammation and heal the gut.

Super Proteins | Reverse Diabetes Diet Plan

Super Proteins include all the essential and non-essential amino acids in the form of nuts, seeds, beans, cold-water fish (e.g. wild salmon, tuna), blue-green algae (chlorella, spirulina), lean animal meats (e.g. free-range chicken, turkey, organic beef), and organic, Omega-3, free-range eggs.

Other protein foods include fermented organic soy (e.g. tofu, tempeh, natto), organic raw dairy (e.g. raw milk, raw cheese); bone broth, gelatin; grass-fed  organ meats (beef liver, heart); and wild animal meat (e.g. bison, ostrich, deer).

Top Protein Foods

Some of the top protein foods include:

  • Almonds (raw)
  • Beans
  • Beef (grass-fed)
  • Bison (grass-fed)
  • Edamame
  • Eggs (grass-fed)
  • Chicken (grass-fed)
  • Tofu
  • Turkey (grass-fed)
  • Wild salmon (fillet, canned)
  • Greek yogurt

Beans: are especially high in protein content. Among those beans  include navy beans (15.8-grams of protein per 1-cup serving), black beans (15.2-grams per 1-cup), and pinto beans (14-grams per 1-cup). Lentils are part of the legume family that beans are included in, and (uncooked) lentils have about 50-grams of protein per 1-cup, according to the USDA.

Cheese (grass-fed): While not suitable for all diets, cheese is an especially high source of protein. However, try to avoid the hard cheeses because they may be difficult to digest.

Parmesan has the highest protein content (10-grams per 1-ounce) and can be grated. Most other cheese have around 6 to 7-ounces of protein per ounce, including cheddar, Brie, blue cheese and mozzarella.

Cottage cheese: Because of its versatility, a low-fat variety of cottage cheese is an ideal high protein snack food.

Protein content: 100 grams/1/2 cup of low-fat cottage cheese contains approximately 13 grams of protein.

Edamame: This soybean, unlike some other plant-based proteins, is a “complete protein” because it contains all 9-essential amino acids.

This green bean is ideal if you’re a vegetarian looking to pack some protein back into your diet. It’s also cholesterol free and is low in saturated fat, while being high in dietary fiber and Vitamin C. And they taste pretty good.

Protein content: A serving of 100 grams/4 oz contains 12 grams of protein.

Almonds: A handful of almonds rivals the amount of protein you’ll get from a lean cut of meat. Just 1-almond contains 0.25 grams of protein, so a fistful of 10-almonds is good for 2.5 grams.

A normal snack portion of almonds is about 1-ounce (or 23-almonds), which is around 6-grams of protein. Most of the fat content in almonds is unsaturated fat, which is actually heart-healthy, and there are many vitamins and trace elements in there as well.

Most nuts are a safe bet when it comes to providing plenty of protein along with Omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. Almonds are extremely versatile and among the lowest-calorie nuts you can buy.

Protein content: A 25g/1/4 cup serving of almonds will provide you with 6 grams of protein.

Eggs (grass-fed): are a terrific source of protein. You can have them at any time of the day and cook them in a variety of ways. Free range eggs are more nutritious, however, as the diet of hens allowed to roam is more varied and natural than caged hens. 

A single hard-boiled egg contains 6-grams of protein, 5-grams of healthy fats, along with vitamins A, B5, B12, B2, B6, D, E, K, calcium, zinc, phosphorus, and selenium. 

Fish: Healthy sources of fish protein are wild salmon (37 grams), trout (40-grams per 6-ounce serving), sardines, tuna, mackerel, cod, haddock, flounder, perch, and halibut, the latter which weighs in at 36-grams of protein per 6-ounces.

Grass-fed beef and steak: will provide you with more nutrients and healthier fats that grain-fed beef so opt for it if you can. The protein content will be the same regardless:

Protein content: 100 grams/4 oz of lean beef will provide you with around 22 grams of protein.

Poultry: The white meat of chicken and turkey is a source of excellent, lean protein. The delicious dark meat is also an excellent source but with more fat.

One chicken breast contains about 54 grams of protein, or 31 grams of protein per 100 grams. 80% of the calories from chicken breast comes from protein, while 20% comes from fat.

A chicken breast also has 284 calories, or 165 calories per 100 grams. 80% of the calories comes from protein, while 20% comes from fat.

A chicken thigh that is skinless and boneless is 52 grams and contains 13.5 grams of protein. This is equal to 26 grams of protein per 100 grams.

Chicken thighs also have 109 calories per thigh, or 209 calories per 100 grams. 53% of the calories comes from protein, while 47% comes from fat.

Interestingly, chicken thighs have a slightly darker color than chicken breast. This is because the chicken's legs are more active and contain more myoglobin. This molecule helps provide active muscles with oxygen and also makes them redder.

Turkey is another excellent sources of protein, but turkey contains less fat than chicken and is slightly higher in amino acids – including tryptophan, which aids sleep. Removing the skin will reduce the saturated fat content.

Protein content: 100 grams/4 oz of roasted turkey breast contains 21 grams of protein.

Wild salmon: is one of the best sources of the long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. A 3.5-ounce (100-gram) portion of farmed salmon has 2.3 grams of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, while the same portion of wild salmon contains 2.6 grams.

EPA and DHA have been credited with several health benefits, such as decreasing inflammation, lowering blood pressure, reducing the risk of cancer and improving the function of the cells that line your arteries.

Wild salmon is also an excellent source of protein, which plays a number of important roles in the body, including helping your body heal after injury, protecting bone health and maintaining muscle mass during weight loss and the aging process.

A 4-ounce serving of salmon contains 32-37 grams of protein.

Wild Salmon is Rich in B Vitamins & Other Nutrients
Salmon is an excellent source of B vitamins, which are involved in several important processes in your body, including turning the food you eat into energy, creating and repairing DNA and reducing the inflammation that can lead to heart disease.

Studies have shown that all of the B vitamins work together to maintain optimal functioning of your brain and nervous system. 

Wild salmon is an excellent source of several B vitamins, which are needed for energy production, controlling inflammation and protecting heart and brain health.

Wild salmon is quite high in potassium, which helps control your blood pressure. It also reduces your risk of stroke.

Wild salmon is loaded with selenium, which helps protect bone health, decreases thyroid antibodies in people with autoimmune thyroid disease and may reduce the risk of cancer.

Wild salmon contains the antioxidant astaxanthin, which is a member of the carotenoid family of antioxidants and gives salmon its red pigment.

Astaxanthin appears to lower the risk of heart disease by reducing oxidation of LDL cholesterol and increasing HDL cholesterol.

In addition, astaxanthin is believed to work with salmon's omega-3 fatty acids to protect the brain and nervous system from inflammation.

What's more, astaxanthin may even help prevent skin damage and help you look younger.

Salmon is undeniably delicious. It has a unique, delicate flavor with a less "fishy" taste than many other fatty fish, such as sardines and mackerel.

Salmon is also extremely versatile. It can be steamed, sautéed, smoked, grilled, baked or poached. It can also be served raw in sushi and sashimi.

Additionally, canned salmon is a quick and inexpensive option that provides the same impressive health benefits as fresh fish. In fact, almost all canned salmon is wild rather than farmed, and its nutrition profile is excellent.

Look for it in BPA-free cans to avoid the potential health risks that have been linked to this chemical.

Canned wild salmon and tuna: are two extremely healthy high protein foods. Both are high in omega 3 fatty acids, which reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and arthritis. Tuna gets the nod on our list, however, because it’s typically more affordable and contains fewer calories!

Protein content: 100 grams/4 oz of wild salmon contains 33 grams and tuna 27 grams of protein.

Pistachios: have an especially high content of protein – to be more specific, it says 30-nuts contain 3-grams of it. Without saying as much, we’re assuming 30-at a time is a healthy snack-sized portion.

While relatively high in protein, 30-nuts contain just 100-calories and 5-grams of carbohydrates, so it’ll satisfy your hunger cravings and won’t break the calorie or carb bank. Because of this, this nut may help in your weight-loss efforts, it adds.

Tofu: is a soybean product, and we’ve already told you that soybeans are pretty heavy on the proteins. So it’s no surprise that lists tofu among its top 40-protein sources.

Tofu delivers about 12-grams of protein per 3-ounce serving, and that tofu works well in a stir-fry, or even on the grill “to infuse them with some smoky flavor.” You can use tofu as a substitute for protein powder in smoothies, it adds.

Greek Yogurt: has more benefits than “regular” yogurt, but neither is going to harm your diet. Greek yogurt has been strained to remove a lot of the liquid whey, lactose, and sugar, and has roughly double the protein of traditional yogurts, according to an article from U.S. News.

The high protein content of the Greek yogurt variety has 15 to 20-grams of protein per 6-ounce serving, which is the equivalent of about 3-ounces of lean meat and helps promote a feeling of fullness. “Regular” yogurt has around 9-grams of protein for the same serving size, it adds.

Greek yogurt contains more protein than regular yogurt. It is richer, contains valuable fats, more nutrients, and is lower in sugar. Choose 0% fat if you want to keep the fats very low in a recipe or dish.

Protein content: A 200 gram/3/4 cup serving of Greek yogurt has around 8.2 grams of protein.

Note 1: If you are concerned about the mercury in fish, eat smaller fish like sardines or take a high quality Omega-3 supplement.

Note 2: Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, pickles, homemade yogurt, kombucha (fermented black tea), miso and tempeh (fermented soybeans) help to improve the intestinal flora balance, build the immune system, absorb more nutrients, and generate new nutrients including Omega-3 fatty acids, digestive aids and the trace mineral GTF chromium.

Note 3: If you plan to follow a vegetarian diet, you can still use our nutritional model -- just replace animal protein with non-animal protein; and, add more beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits, (some) organic whole grains, healthy fats, and other super foods to your meal plan. Also, add meat substitutes (e.g. veggie burgers, black bean burgers, meatless “chicken nuggets”, “beef” crumbles, etc.) and organic soy products (e.g. soy milk, edamame, soy nuts, tofu, tempeh).

Note 4: If you have an autoimmune or digestive issue, you may need to avoid beans, legumes, etc. If you decide to eat beans, make sure that you pre-soak them and buy organic.

Super Fats | Reverse Diabetes Diet Plan

Super Fats include various lipids in the form of plant oils and the unsaturated fats in nuts and seeds, avocados, and cold-water fish, e.g. extra virgin olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil, extra virgin cod liver oil; nut butters; chia seeds, flaxseeds.

But, you must avoid the clear vegetable oils, canola oil and other processed oils! 

Other healthy fats include saturated fats in grass-fed animal meats, raw grass-fed organic milk, raw grass-fed butter/ghee, raw grass-fed cheese, sour cream. 

Top Super Fats

Some of the best fats and oils for your health include:

  • Extra virgin avocado oil
  • Extra virgin coconut oil
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Fats from grass-fed meats
  • Fats from raw nuts and seeds
  • Fats from wild salmon and other cold-water fish

Olive Oil: When we have fats in our diet like MUFAs, they not only fill us up but keep cholesterol levels lower. Olive oil is great for light sauteing, using in dressings, or drizzling over cooked meats or vegetables as a finishing oil. One tablespoon (tbsp) offers 119 calories and 13.5 g of fat, only 2 g of which are saturated fat, according to the USDA.

Avocado: Though technically a fruit, avocados offer a rich source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs). They're also packed with fiber to bolster digestive health. One-half of an avocado contains 161 calories, 2 grams (g) of protein, 15 g of fat, 9 g of total carbs, and 7 g of fiber (bringing it to 2 g of net carbs), according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Avocado Oil: Like olive oil, avocado oil is rich in anti-inflammatory MUFAs, but the benefit to using avocado oil is that it stands up to high-heat cooking due to a smoke point of 500 degrees F. According to the USDA, 1 tbsp of avocado oil has 124 calories, 14 g of fat, and 0 g of carbohydrates.

Omega-3 EFAs: contains both docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients that are important in preventing and managing heart disease.

Omega-3 fatty acids may help to: lower blood pressure, reduce triglycerides, slow the development of plaque in the arteries, reduce the chance of abnormal heart rhythm, and, reduce the likelihood of heart attack and stroke.

The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that everyone eats fish (particularly fatty, cold-water fish) at least twice a week. Wild salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, lake trout, and tuna are especially high in Omega-3 fatty acids.

If you have heart disease or high triglyceride levels, you may need even more omega-3 fatty acids. Ask your doctor if you should take higher doses of fish oil supplements to get the omega-3s you need.

Nuts and Nut Butter: Nuts may offer unsaturated fats, but they also contain carbs, so look at the label to calculate exactly what you’re getting. As an example, 1 tbsp of almond butter has 98 calories, 3 g of protein, 9 g of fat, 3 g of total carbs, and about 1.5 g of fiber (equaling about 1.5 g of net carbs), per the USDA. And, the USDA also notes, a 1-ounce (oz) serving of almonds (23 almonds) has 164 calories, 6 g of protein, 14 g of fat, 6 g of carbohydrates, and 3.5 g of fiber (totaling about 2.5 g net carbs).

Chia Seeds and Flaxseed: These seeds offer Omega-3 fatty acids, which will improve the ratio of omega-6s to 3s you consume, which some research suggests optimizes health. For example, an article published in September 2016 in the journal Open Heart cited research that linked consuming more omega-3s and fewer omega-6s (which are high in Western diets) to a lower risk of insulin resistance — the hallmark of Type 2 diabetes — and obesity, among other protective health benefits.

The USDA says 1 oz of chia seeds has 138 calories, 5 g of protein, 9 g of fat, 12 g of carbs, and a whopping 10 g of fiber (so only 2 net carbs). And also according to the USDA, 1 tbsp of ground flaxseed has 37 calories, 1 g of protein, 3 g of fat, 2 g of carbs, and 2 g of fiber (basically 0 net carbs). Just be sure to grind your own flaxseed to avoid rancid oil and so that your body can absorb their Omega-3s.

Note: For more information about healthy fats and oils, refer to our Super Fats and Oils web page.

Super Liquids | Reverse Diabetes Diet Plan

Super Liquids include various beverages in the form of filtered or distilled water, raw vegetable juices; green tea, white tea; some raw fruit juices; and, a couple of the low-carb organic bottled juices, e.g. lemon, tomato, V-8, mangosteen.

Note: For examples of Super Meal Plates and diabetic recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, refer to the Super Meal Plate web page.

Note: For a list of foods that you can eat, refer to the Diabetic Food List and Grocery Shopping List web page.

Food, Cell Structure & Biology: The Connection Between Macronutrients & Cells

Food consists of 4 major macronutrients: carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and water. Your body's cells happen to utilize and are made up of the same carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and water!


If you eat poor quality carbohydrates, proteins, fats and water, then, you end up with sick cells and a disease such as Type 2 diabetes.

But, if you eat high quality  carbohydrates, proteins, fats and water, then, you end up with healthy cells and no disease.

Obviously, cell biology and nutritional science are a lot more complex than that, but, hopefully, you get the point.

By eating healthy foods such as those foods with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, your body's cells are able to more successfully fight harmful biological processes such as inflammation, oxidation and glycation.

And, if your body's cells are able to successfully fight these harmful biological processes, then, your body can prevent or fight diseases such as heart disease, cancer and Type 2 diabetes.

Note: For more details about the connection between food and cells, refer to the Death to Diabetes book and the DTD Science of Diabetes & Nutrition ebook.

The Key Vitamins & Minerals of the Reverse Diabetes Diet Plan

Since most diabetics are lacking key vitamins and minerals, it is imperative that they eat whole foods that contain these vitamins and minerals in order to reverse their diabetes with diet:

Vitamin A is found in unprocessed cod liver oil and organ meats, such as beef liver. Please Note: Vitamin A is not in vegetables or fruits! This is a major nutrient deficiency that fuels Type 2 diabetes and other systemic diseases!

Food with carotenes include carrots, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, spinach, water squash, turnip greens, beet greens, apricots or cantaloupe.  Please Note: Carotene is supposed to be converted to Vitamin A, but as we age and acquire diseases, the body is unable to convert the carotenes to Vitamin A.

Foods rich in Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12 including vegetables, fruits, organic whole grains, meat, and dairy.

Vitamin B1 (thiamin) is found in liver, fortified breads and cereals, pasta, peas, soy foods, fish, beans and oranges.

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) is present in dairy products, nuts, legumes, rice, mushrooms, and leafy green vegetables, such as broccoli and asparagus.

Vitamin B3 (niacin) is found in chicken, beans, peanuts, tuna, salmon, ground beef, peanut butter, pasta, mango, peaches, carrots, fortified hot and cold cereals, nuts and dairy products.

Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) is found in liver, red meats, whole grain cereals, chicken, fish, cheese, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, avocados and beans.

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is found in meat, potatoes, bananas, poultry, fish, spinach peanuts and beans.

Vitamin B7 (biotin) is found in clams, eggs, bread, egg yolk, fish, mushrooms, oatmeal, bananas, soy and milk.

Vitamin B9 (folic acid) is found in leafy green vegetables, oranges, Brussels sprouts, turnips, salmon, orange juice, avocados, poultry, liver, and beans such as soybeans and lima beans.

Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) is found in red meat, organ meats, milk, eggs, soy milk, liver, salmon, trout, clams, tuna, pork, ham, cheese and yogurt.  Please Note: Vitamin B12 is a major nutrient deficiency associated with most systemic diseases!

Foods rich in Vitamin C include oranges, grapefruits, strawberries, honeydew, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, green peppers, tomatoes and mustard greens.

Foods with Vitamin D include wild salmon, sardines, tuna, oysters, mackerel, organic eggs, unprocessed cod liver oil, and shiitake and button mushrooms.  Please Note: Vitamin D is a major nutrient deficiency that fuels Type 2 diabetes and other systemic diseases!

Foods rich in Vitamin E include wheat germ oil, ev olive oil, ev coconut oil, avocado, almonds, olives, papaya, kale, mustard greens, and red bell peppers.

Vitamin K2 can be found in egg yolks, raw butter, cheese, natto, and chicken/beef liver.

Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) can be found in organic spinach and broccoli, and Brewer's yeast.  However, organ meats such as heart, liver, and, kidneys provide more significant amounts of ALA.

CoQ10 can be found in limited amounts in plant-based foods such as organic spinach, broccoli and cauliflower. However, organ meats such as beef liver; and, especially, beef heart provide more significant amounts of CoQ10.

Foods that contain calcium, including some nuts, and green vegetables. Also, include some iron in your daily diet by eating organic eggs, lean meat, poultry, fish, and leafy green vegetables.

Foods with folic acid include dark green leafy vegetables, veal, legumes (lima beans, black beans, black-eyed peas and chickpeas), fruits, and fortified grain products.

Foods rich in magnesium include artichokes black beans, barley, spinach, okra, Brazil nuts, cashews, almonds, and halibut.

Foods rich in potassium include avocados, bananas, Brussel sprouts, cantaloupe, lima beans, honeydew melons, potatoes (baked), raisins, spinach, tomato canned sauce, and winter squash.

Foods with selenium include Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, and garlic.

Foods with zinc include oysters, crab, venison, pumpkin seeds, free-range chicken, and turkey.

Amino acids can be found in animal meats, seafood, dairy, grains, beans, nuts, seeds, grains, and vegetables. Please Note: There is a major nutrient deficiency in some conditionally-essential amino acids because these amino acids are not made by our bodies as we age, e.g. proline, glycine, glutamine, arginine. This deficiency fuels autoimmune diseases and leaky gut!

Healthy fats include the monounsaturated fats found in extra virgin olive oil and avocados; the polyunsaturated and Omega-3 fats in nuts, seeds, cold-water fish, and unprocessed cod liver oil; and, the saturated fat found in extra virgin coconut oil, wild game, grass-fed animal meats, raw grass-fed organic milk, grass-fed butter/ghee, grass-fedcheese, and sour cream. 

Foods high in fiber include vegetables, beans, whole fruits, organic brown rice, flaxseed, flax hulls, green smoothies.

The soluble fiber in vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts and seeds helps to slow down digestion and the breakdown of carbohydrates, which helps with your blood glucose control. Soluble fiber also binds to cholesterol, preventing it from being absorbed by the body and reducing cholesterol levels.

On the other hand, the insoluble fiber in leafy green vegetables, fruits and grains adds bulk to your stool to help with bowel regularity.

The majority of your liquids should come from filtered or distilled water and raw juices. Other beverages may include herbal tea (without the caffeine), low-sodium V-8 juice, some organic juices, and vegetable juice. However, make sure that you avoid tap water, soda, diet soda, bottled fruit juices, coffee, energy drinks, etc.


Refer to the Super Foods web page or Chapters 6 and 7 of the Death to Diabetes book for a detailed list of all the super carbs, super proteins, super fats, and super liquids that support this nutritional program, known as this Super Meal Model Plate.

Use the DTD Meal Planning guidelines, and start eating the Super Meals, including the Super Breakfast, the Super Lunch, and the Super Dinner, and watch your blood glucose level start to steadily come down!

Make sure that you have at least one raw salad every day, if possible.

If you can't stand eating raw vegetables, then, lightly steam them, but do not boil your vegetables! Boiling kills the Vitamin C and other key nutrients that the body requires to fight your diabetes, strengthen your immune system, and heal your body.

If you want to accelerate your body's repair or weight loss, add raw juicing, and get our Death to Diabetes Power of Raw Juicing & Smoothies ebook.

If you travel a lot or spend a lot of time on the road, you can still eat healthy! If you struggle with making healthy diet changes, or need ideas on how to eat healthy while on the road, get the 3-in-1 Death to Diabetes Cookbook or the Food Tips ebook.

Use the meal planning ideas in the Death to Diabetes Cookbook in combination with the 90-Day Meal Planning Charts. These specific meal plans (for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner) make it very easy to support your meal planning on a daily basis. In addition, the 90-Day meal planner is divided into 3 phases to help you reverse your diabetes at a faster and more effective rate.

Stick with the program and (if you're overweight) watch the weight melt off your body!

Author's Note: If you are struggling with adding raw foods such as vegetables and fruits to your nutritional program, there many (scrumptious) and creative ways to accomplish this to dramatically improve your diabetes and lose weight, e.g. smoothies, salads, stir-fry, omelets, soups, sandwiches, casseroles, appetizers, etc. 

If you feel hungry after start eating healthy meals, that's normal -- it takes a while for your stomach and brain get used to not feeling stuffed with "dead" processed foods and junk food that don't digest and just sit in your gut, making you feel full. If you still feel hungry after a couple weeks, you can eat more frequently or add a little more vegetables to each meal, with a little more protein and plant oils. Also, if you eat more raw vegetables than steamed vegetables, that tends to be more filling.

Healthy foods that are filling include Brussels sprouts, broccoli, beans, organic whole eggs, baked chicken/turkey, and baked wild salmon; also, salads, omelets, smoothies, peanut butter, almond butter, sprouted grain bread, apples, and almonds.

And, don't forget that some diabetic drugs may cause cravings and will make you feel hungry! Within 1-2 weeks, you should be able to reduce your diabetic medications, which tend to create cravings and make you hungry. 

The 3 Severity Levels of the Death to Diabetes® "Reverse Diabetes" Diet Plan

There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all diet! This is one of the reasons why the Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program has 3 levels of severity.

The Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program (aka Reverse Diabetes Diet Plan) is very flexible, and has 3 levels of severity that determine how stringent your diet should be and what foods you should be eating:

  1. Severity Level 1 (least stringent)
  2. Severity Level 2
  3. Severity Level 3 (most stringent)

The severity levels are based on how long you've been diabetic, how many complications you have, your age, and how many medications you're taking. The more sick you are, the more reason that you need to follow the more strict level of the diet, i.e. Level 3.

As depicted in the following chart, some of the key attributes of the DTD Nutritional Program are associated with: the severity of your illness, quality of the food you're eating, use of supplementation, and frequency of cleansing & detox. 

In general, as the severity level rises, you will increase your intake of low-glycemic green, leafy vegetables, raw green juices, healthy fats and increase your frequency of cleanse-detox and blood glucose testing so that you can customize the diet to address your needs and make the appropriate corrective actions, based on your testing.


Severity Level 1 of Reverse Diabetes Diet Plan 

This is the base level of the reverse diabetes diet plan that most Type 2 diabetics can follow unless they have major complications and other health issues.

Level 1  does not require organic foods, but it does require 40-60% raw foods, lightly-steamed vegetables; and some raw juicing at least 1-2 times a day.

In addition, Level 1 requires some grass-fed animal meat (lean, no skin); some limited "dead" processed foods (1-2 servings a day); 2-4 meals/snacks a day; blood glucose testing 3-4 times a day; exercise 20-30 minutes a day, 4 times a week; detox at least once every 6 months

Severity Level 2 of Reverse Diabetes Diet Plan

This level of the diabetes diet plan is for diabetics who may have one or more additional health issues.

Level 2 requires some organic foods, 60-80% raw foods, lightly-steamed; more raw juicing at least 2-3 times a day; only grass-fed animal meat (organic, free-range); no "dead" processed foods (0 servings a day); 3-5 meals/snacks a day; and, detox at least once every 2-3 months; plus, wholefood supplementation.

Severity Level 3 of Reverse Diabetes Diet Plan

This is the most stringent level of the diet plan, which is reserved for Type 2 diabetics who want to reverse their diabetes in less than 90 days.

Level 3 is also for Type 1 diabetics; and, for Type 2 diabetics who have multiple health problems and take a lot of drugs; and, also for people with other serious health issues such as cancer or heart disease.

This level requires mostly organic foods, 80-95% raw foods, lightly-steamed; a lot more raw juicing at least 4-6 times a day; only grass-fed animal meat; no "dead" processed foods; no fast foods; no soda/diet soda/bottled fruit juices/coffee; no fried foods, no trans fats; no tap water; no vegetable oils; 4-6 meals/snacks a day; and, detox at least once every 1-2 months; plus, additional wholefood/herbal tincture supplementation.

In general, most diabetics can follow the base Level 1 of the diet in most cases. However, if you find yourself struggling or hitting a wall, then, you should move to Level 2. If you still struggle and as long as finances are not a concern, you should move to Level 3 of the diet.

Once you reach Stage 4 of the program, you can dial it down to Level 2 as long as you are able to maintain proper blood glucose stabilization.

Once you reach Stage 6, you can dial it down to Level 1, again as long as you are able to maintain proper blood glucose stabilization.

Note: If you're going to implement Level 3 of the diet, we recommend that you get the Raw Food Diet and Power of Juicing books, along with the Death to Diabetes paperback book (or ebook); and, possibly, the Diabetes Cookbook, which includes some Level 3 diabetic recipes, e.g. salads, soups, stir-frys.

Stop the Rot! (Before It's Too Late!)

Bottom-line: This reverse diabetes diet and nutritional program is powerful enough to stop the rot and stop the spread of your diabetes to the cells and tissues in your body.

If you don't stop the rot, then, one or more diabetic complications will develop and lead to a major health issue, such as: amputation, blindness, kidney dialysis, heart attack stroke, coma, erectile dysfunction, gum disease, bladder incontinence, etc.

Don't let this happen to you ... you have the power to prevent this ...

Diabetic Complications

Next Steps: Reverse Diabetes Diet Plan

From the Author: If you're ready to get started with reversing your diabetes and you're a first-time client, I recommend that you start with my Death to Diabetes paperback bookebook, or audio book.

If you want to accelerate your body's cell repair and healing processes, then, I also recommend my Power of Raw Juicing and Smoothies ebook or Raw Food Diet ebook

If you want a lot of balanced diabetic recipes for meals, snacks, appetizers and desserts, then, I recommend my Diabetes Cookbook.

If you want to get a jumpstart and reduce the toxic load in your cells, then, I recommend that you use my Cleanse and Detox ebook.

If you have any doubts, questions or concerns, then, try the first part of the program or contact us via phone or email.


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Ketogenic Diet Concerns

The Mayo Clinic advises caution: "It's not clear what kind of possible long-term health risks a low-carb diet may pose because most research studies have lasted less than a year." How long people stay on a diet can matter much more than the type, since keeping weight off can be harder than losing it. That's one reason extreme diets, like some version of the ketogenic diet, don't work for many people.

“Once your body enters ketosis, you also begin to lose muscle, become extremely fatigued, and eventually enter starvation mode. Then it actually becomes even harder to lose weight.” [Healthline]

Your liver is exposed to extra stress as it is forced to assist with manufacturing glucose from fats and proteins, potentially toxic amounts of ammonia are produced as proteins are converted into glucose, your body has a more difficult time producing mucus and the immune system becomes impaired as risk of pathogenic infection increases, and your body loses the ability to produce compounds called glycoproteins, which are vital to cellular functions.

When followed properly, ketogenic diets have been shown to be safe and effective for weight loss and may provide other health benefits including better blood sugar control, a decrease in inflammation and improved triglyceride and HDL counts. However, in order to achieve ketosis, one must consider this a long-term lifestyle change and follow a very specific eating plan to maintain weight loss over time. As always, consult your doctor or a registered dietitian before making any major dietary changes.

A 2003 article published in the "Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition" notes that low-carbohydrate diets may increase your risk for kidney damage, osteoporosis, abnormal heartbeat, lipid abnormalities and even sudden death. If your ketogenic diet is high in protein, it could also increase your risk for diabetes, cancer and overall premature mortality if you're middle-aged, but not if you're over 65, according to a March 2014 study published in "Cell Metabolism."

If you’re on the ketogenic diet, be sure to test blood sugar levels throughout the day to make sure they are within their target range. Also, consider testing ketone levels to make sure you’re not at risk for DKA. The American Diabetes Association recommends testing for ketones if your blood sugar is higher than 240 mg/dl. You can test at home with urine strips.

As the list of health conditions that may be at least partially alleviated by ketogenic diets increase (and which currently includes epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Autism, traumatic brain injury, bipolar disease, PCOS, cancer, obesity, and diabetes), so too does a body of literature pointing to common side effects and potential adverse reactions.

Adverse reactions to a ketogenic diet have been reported in the scientific literature. Yes, even including well-designed clinical trials performed and published very recently. In fact, the intolerability of side effects and adverse reactions is the primary reason for trial participants to drop out of clinical trials (other reasons for trial drop-outs include ineffectiveness of the diet, and that the diet is too hard to follow).

Other diets do not trigger the same biochemical pathways that are activated by a ketogenic state. And while certainly other diets (Paleo, or the autoimmune protocol being good examples) stake therapeutic claims, the mechanisms of action are purely through micronutrient saturation and avoidance of foods known to be inflammatory.

The ketogenic diet is different in that it was designed to emulate starvation, taking advantage of the biochemical benefits of starvation for certain body systems (mainly neurological, but this is also why weight loss is a common result of a ketogenic diet) while tolerating the detriments to other body systems (such as endocrine and immune systems). (These are even different mechanisms that a standard low-carb diet.)

In this regard, the ketogenic diet more closely resembles a drug than a diet (in fact, many of the same pathways activated by a ketogenic diet are manipulated by anticonvulsant drugs), which should not be a deterrent in itself, but rather a caution to read the fine print and talk to your doctor before embarking on this course—especially if going “off-label” and using a ketogenic diet for purposes that have not yet been well studied.

And this is why a thorough understanding of both the pros and cons of a ketogenic diet are necessary in order for every individual to make the best decision for themselves.

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