If you have tried various diabetes diets and they didn't work, there are 7 major reasons why they didn't work. However, the Death to Diabetes Super Meal Diet (Nutritional Program) addresses all 7 of these reasons:

1. 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 the 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. It is imperative that you can modify the diet to support your health needs.

2. Too Complex: 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.

3. Narrow Focus on Blood Sugar: All diabetes diets focus on lowering blood sugar, which is great. However, Type 2diabetes is more than a blood sugar problem! Consequently, you want a diabetes diet that addresses more than blood sugar, including the other biochemical processes that fuel Type 2 diabetes, e.g. cellular inflammation, oxidation, toxicity, glycation, stress (hormones), etc.

4. 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. How can you stick with a diet, if you don't like the taste of the food?

5. Too Expensive: 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.

6. Lack of Real Science: Most diabetes diets are based on pseudo-science, so although these diets may appear to work in the short term, they fail in the long term.

7. Lack of Macro/Micronutrients: Some diabetes diets avoid at least one major macronutrient in order to manipulate your blood sugar. But, due to the lack of key macronutrients and micronutrients, the diet won't be effective in fighting and reversing your diabetes. Key nutrient deficiencies include Omega-3 fats, Vitamin A (not carotenes!), Vitamin B12, Vitamin D and Vitamin K2.

Because of these 7 reasons, most diabetes diets 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.

Note: For more information about why diets don't work, 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.

DTD Nutritional Program: Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Diet

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

You need a diet, 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 diabetes diet and nutritional protocol program that would stop the rot and the progress of diabetes at the cellular level -- in order to reverse your diabetes.

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

You need a diabetes diet 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 nutritonal programhelp to address the root causes of Type 2 diabetes and the biological processes that fuel this disease, e.g. insulin resistance, inflammation, oxidation, glycation, toxicity.

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Note: For information about our nutritional program for people with Type 1 diabetes, Type 1.5 diabetes (LADA), thyroid disorders, and other autoimmune diseases, refer to the Autoimmune Diseases and DTD AIP & Autoimmune Diseases Nutritional Program web pages.

The Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program (aka the DTD Reverse Diabetes Diet 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 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 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 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 30-45 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  Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program has many of the attributes of the Mediterranean Diet, Paleo Diet, Zone Diet, South Beach Diet, Raw Food Diet, Asian Diet, Detox Diet, Vegetarian Diet and Vegan Diet, with critical nutritional modifications to address the real root causes of Type 2 diabetes in order to reverse the disease.

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

Note: Although we don't recommend it for diabetics, the DTD Nutritional Program can be converted to a ketogenic diet for non-diabetics who want to lose weight -- by increasing the Fat percentage and lowering the Carbohydrate and Protein percentages. However, do your research and review the health concerns associated with a ketogenic diet*.

The following diagram is a pictorial representation of this diabetes diet/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.

Eat to Beat Diabetes!

The Reverse Diabetes Diet Super Meal Plate:

Reverse Diabetes Diet Description

The Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program is part of a comprehensive 10-step and 6-stage clinically-proven reverse diabetes wellness program that is designed to stop the rot and improve the health of people suffering with Type 2 diabetes as well as with Type 1 diabetes.

This nutritional program is more than "a diabetes diet" as it is designed for non-diabetics and pre-diabetics, as well as diabetics because it provides the missing vitamins and minerals and helps to strengthen the immune system; avoid the 4 major silent killers; and, address 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 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 as a "balanced" diet because there is a balance of 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 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 nutritional program utilizes the 5 "live" super foods, which the author called "super" carbs, "super" proteins, "super" fats and "super" liquids because of their nutrient content and ability to improve your health.

This nutritional program 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 damage, and reverse Type 2 diabetes naturally.

This nutritional program and its super meal plate model 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, because this is not a one-size-fits-all diet.

Consequently, this diet program is a diverse and customizable diet for all kinds of diabetics. 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 to 45%-30%-25% based on his blood glucose testing and replacing all of his carbs and most of his proteins and fats with plant-based foods. He also found that by keeping his meals simple, it was easy to stick with his nutritional program's Super Meal 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 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 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 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 (and Super Meal Model Plate) 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.

Please Note: This diabetes diet is not a weight loss diet. This diet is a nutrient-dense wellness diet. This diabetes diet improves your overall health and wellness. 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, lupus, sarcoidosis, 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 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.

Attributes of a Reverse Diabetes Diet

Here is a list of the key attributes associated with this nutritional program/diabetes diet to help reverse Type 2 diabetes naturally:

  • More Frequent Meals (4 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 andLiquids
  • At least half the plate is full of 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 Fruits
  • (Note: Limited Fruits During 1st 3 Stages)
  • Wild-caught fish, e.g. wild salmon, sardines
  • Grass-fed animal meat, e.g. beef, chicken, turkey
  • Plant oils, e.g. extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil
  • 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 (for Type 1s)

Key Point: 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.

Super Carbs, Proteins, Fats & Liquids

Author Sidebar: As you are aware, there are 3 major macronutrients (carbs, proteins and fats) that can be either "super" or "bad". I decided to add a 4th macronutrient, called liquids, because of the importance of water.

FYI: I use the word "super" in place of "good" because it seemed to be more impactful to the audience members.

As a result, my nutritional diabetes diet program (supermeal plate method) is made up of super carbs, super proteins and super fats:

Super Carbs | Reverse Diabetes

Super Carbohydrates include mono-, di-, and poly-saccharides in the form of bright, colorful and green, leafy vegetables, some dark, colorful fruits, onions, garlic, other herbs & spices, legumes, medicinal mushrooms, and some specific organic whole grains (but, not wheat or any grains with gluten!).

Examples of vegetables include spinach, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, kale, asparagus, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, kelp, onions, garlic, lentils, okra, and bell peppers.

Examples of fruits include dark, bright colored fruits such as açai berries, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, strawberries, apples, grapes, pears, kiwi, lemons, limes, and pomegranates.

Note: Eating mostly raw vegetables can accelerate your body's repair process and your body's ability to reverse your diabetes.

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

Super Proteins | Reverse Diabetes

Super Proteins include all the essential and non-essential amino acids in the form of nuts, seeds, cold-water fish (e.g. wild salmon, tuna), blue-green algae (chlorella, spirulina), fermented soy, organic dairy (e.g. organic, Omega-3, free-range eggs), lean animal meats (e.g. free-range chicken, turkey, organic beef); bone broth, gelatin; grass-fedorgan meats (beef liver, heart); wild animal meat (e.g. bison, ostrich, deer).

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 vegan 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).

Super Fats | Reverse Diabetes

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, cod liver oil. But, you must avoid the clear vegetable oils and canola oil! 

Super Liquids | Reverse Diabetes

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 & Biology: The Connection Between Macronutrients & Cells

Food consists of 4 major macronutrients: carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and water. Your body's cells happen to be made up of 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

Since most diabetics are lacking key vitamins and minerals, it is imperative that they eat whole foods that contain these vitamins and minerals:

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 and wild game.

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.

Notes:

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 Levels of the Death to Diabetes® "Reverse Diabetes" Diet

The Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program (aka Reverse Diabetes Diet) is very flexible, and has 3 levels of severity, depending 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, Level 3.

Level 1 of Reverse Diabetes Diet 

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

This level of the program does not require organic foods, but does require 40-60% raw foods, lightly-steamed; some raw juicing at least 1-2 times a day; some animal meat (lean, no skin); some "dead" processed foods (2-3 servings a day); 3-4 meals/snacks a day; and, detox at least once every 3-6 months.

Level 2 of Reverse Diabetes Diet

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

This level of the program requires some organic foods, 60-80% raw foods, lightly-steamed; more raw juicing at least 2-3 times a day; less animal meat (organic, free-range); less "dead" processed foods (1-2 servings a day); 4-5 meals/snacks a day; and, detox at least once every 2-3 months; plus, supplementation as required.

Level 3 of Reverse Diabetes Diet

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

This level of the program 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. Mostly organic foods, 80-95% raw foods, lightly-steamed; a lot more raw juicing at least 4-6 times a day; no 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; 4-7 meals/snacks a day; and, detox at least once every 1-2 months; plus, some 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 diabeticrecipes, 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: Get Started Reversing Your Diabetes Today!

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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Note: Refer to the Clinical Studies web page for more references about nutrition and diabetes.

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.
http://www.businessinsider.com/what-jim-mccarter-learned-on-a-ketogenic-diet-2015-12

“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]
http://www.healthline.com/health-news/keto-diet-is-gaining-popularity-but-is-it-safe-121914#8

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.
https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/2011/08/the-hidden-dangers-of-a-low-carbohydrate-diet/

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."
http://www.livestrong.com/article/285086-what-are-the-dangers-of-ketosis-diets/

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.
http://www.healthline.com/health/type-2-diabetes-ketogenic-diet#risks5

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.
https://www.thepaleomom.com/adverse-reactions-to-ketogenic-diets-caution-advised/

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.
https://www.thepaleomom.com/adverse-reactions-to-ketogenic-diets-caution-advised/

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