Author's Perspective on Diets: I didn't really look forward to going on a diet after I got out of the hospital. But, at that time, I was desperate to improve my health and hopefully save my eyes, kidneys and legs. 

So my endocrinologist sent me to a dietitian to get started. While I was waiting for the dietitian in her office, a rather large hefty woman (I'd say about 350 pounds) waddled over and told me she was the dietitian!  When I asked her what kind of diet she was going to put me on, she said: "The same 1200-calorie diet that I'm on." I almost broke my knee trying to get out of her office. :-)

Before my mother showed up, I did try the dietitians's 1200-calorie diet. But, it didn't help my blood glucose; plus, I gained weight! That's when I realized that most of the diets out there were dead wrong when they say: "Calories In = Calories Out". 

In my experience, most dietitians tend to be more calorie-focused because that's what they're taught. In addition, most of them really don't understand the science of nutrition or diabetes.

Some nutritionists tend to be more science-based and have some understanding of disease pathology. But, it appears, at this time, that most dietitians and nutritionists do not have a good enough understanding of the science of diabetes to actually help most diabetics.

And, unfortunately, most diabetes educators are even worse! They tend to really push the drugs big time! Plus, they get frustrated when you ask them questions that they can't answer -- much like some of the doctors.

Thanks to my daughter, who bought me several books on diabetes, I quickly realized that it was up to me to do the research and figure out how to get my diabetes and high blood sugar under control.

But, luckily for me, my mother arrived and started me on her regimen, what she called "God's food" -- and, as kids, what we called "what poor people eat". :-)

Since I didn't want to disagree with my mother (because I wanted to stay alive), I ate whatever she prepared. In the meantime, I started my research into understanding diabetes and nutrition from a scientific perspective.

List of Diets for Reversing Diabetes

Here are some of the many diets that I reviewed and considered for getting my diabetes under control and eventually reversing the disease. 

But, none of them seemed to address all of the biochemical, hormonal and biological processes that fuel Type 2 diabetes, including hyperglycemica, insulin resistance, cellular inflammation, protein glycation, excess oxidation (oxidative stress) and excess toxicity.

Because of this, I began to design my own nutritional model, using a bottoms-up instead of a tops-down approach. In the meantime, I had started eating the foods that my mother (with my daughter's and sister's help) had prepared -- namely lots of green vegetables, e.g. broccoli, Brussels sprouts, spinach, kale, celery, cucumber, Romaine lettuce, etc.

Also, one of my managers at work (who was into herbology and Dr. Christopher's herbs -- I think she was an herbalist?) showed me how to make a healthy smoothie. I called it a milkshake at the time (I used to love McDonald's milkshakes growing up). :-) But, she said it was called a smoothie, and by adding some baby spinach, it became a "green smoothie".

It looked really nasty, but, it really tasted so good! Wow! How could something that looked like mud take so good??!!

With all of this going on, I noticed that my blood sugar was dropping like crazy! But, my endocrinologist didn't believe it and told me to rely on the registered dietitian instead of my mother and an herbalist.

But, my gut told me to stick with my mother. Well, truth be told, I wasn't going to go against my mother anyhow. :-) But, then, I didn't expect to get the results I got either. It was the best of all words.

All of this good fortune helped me to design an very comprehensive nutritional model. At the time, I named it the Superior Macronutrient-Balanced and Micronutrient-Dense Nutritional & Meal Planning Program. 

After a while, it became tiresome to keep calling it that, so I shortened the name to the Superior Nutritional Model & Meal Planning Program and then to the Superior Nutritional Model, which eventually became the Super Meal Model and finally the Super Meal Plate, although I use the names interchangeably.

The following is a list of the many types of diets that I reviewed and analyzed before developing my Super Meal Model. I also analyzed the issues associated with why diets don't work and designed my nutritional model to address those issues.

Note: This list also includes some diets that I didn't review, but, you may still want to consider.

  1. 21-Day diet
  2. Acid-Alkaline diets
  3. Asian diet
  4. Atkins diet
  5. Blood Type diet
  6. Buddhist diet
  7. Cabbage Soup diet
  8. Crash diet
  9. Detox diet
  10. Diabetic diet
  11. DASH diet
  12. Death to Diabetes (DTD) diet
  13. Earth diet
  14. Elimination diet
  15. Fit for Life diet
  16. Food combining diet
  17. Fruitarian diet
  18. Fad diet
  19. Gluten-free diet
  20. Grapefruit diet
  21. Green smoothie diet
  22. Hallelujah diet
  23. High-protein diet
  24. Jenny Craig diet
  25. Juice diet
  26. Juice fast diet
  27. Kosher diet
  28. Liquid diet
  29. Low-carb diet
  30. Low-fat diet
  31. Low glycemic index diet
  32. Low-protein diet
  33. Low sodium diet
  34. Lutein-free diet
  35. Lemonade diet
  36. Macrobiotic diet
  37. Master Cleanse
  38. Mediterranean diet
  39. Natural Foods Diet
  40. Negative calorie diet
  41. No-carb diet
  42. Nutrisystems Diet
  43. Okinawa diet
  44. Omnivore
  45. Organic food diet
  46. Ornish Diet
  47. Ovo-lacto vegetarian diet
  48. Paleolithic diet
  49. Perricone diet
  50. Pescetarian diet
  51. Plant-based diet
  52. Pritikin Diet
  53. Pyramid diet
  54. Rastafarian diet
  55. Raw food diet
  56. Scarsdale diet
  57. Schwarzbein Principle diet
  58. Shangri-La diet
  59. Slimming World diet
  60. Smart For Life
  61. Sonoma diet
  62. South Beach diet
  63. Subway diet
  64. Sugar Busters! diet
  65. Vegan diet
  66. Vegetarian diet
  67. Very low calorie diet
  68. Volumetrics diet
  69. Weight Down diet
  70. Weight Watchers diet
  71. Western pattern diet
  72. Whole food diet
  73. Zone diet

Notes:

  • Remember: Whatever diet you select, make sure that the diet fits your needs and lifestyle; and satisfies the key criteria* that makes a diet successful.
  • *The key criteria include: Flexibility, Simplicity, Effectiveness, Easy to Prepare, Diversity, Cost, and Easy to Stick With. Refer to the Attributes of Effective Diabetes Diet web page for more details.  
  • The majority of these diets contain at least one or two major flaws that prevent them from being beneficial to diabetics. For more details, refer to the Why Most Diets Don't Work web page.
  • The author used attributes from some of the diets in bold text to design his DTD Super Meal Model Diet. In addition, he also purposely ignored some of the key attributes from those diets because they actually did more harm than good!

Please Note! In some cases, diabetics thought that "the diet" was "the solution" to their diabetes, e.g. the Raw Food Diet. No!!!! The diet (or the proper nutritional profile) is only part of the solution!

Unfortunately, the over-marketing of some of these diets give the false impression that they have the complete solution to reversing your diabetes! But, they don't! As you are obviously aware, there is a lot more to reversing your diabetes or even getting your diabetes under control than following a diet.

 

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