Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Avanti Thoughts on Type Two Diabetes

Now that all the hoopla over Paula Deen’s diabetes drama has subsided, it’s a good time to talk rationally about the positive effects diet can have on type two diabetes. As a personal chef in from 1996 through 2005, I worked w/ cancer survivors, heart patients and folks diagnosed w/ type two diabetes on a regular basis. While cancer is by far the fiercer foe, with so many diseases the old adage ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ is strikingly apparent. And it is exceptionally true when it comes to type two diabetes. I was perpetually amazed when clients would inform me after only two or three weeks of cooking whole food menus for them that they had been taken off their meds by their doctors. It’s really pretty simple, eliminate white starches, greatly reduce sugar and when baking use hearty whole grain flours & nuts to lower the glycemic index, reduce saturated fats and eat more whole foods, vegetables, fruits and whole grains and beans. In the wake of the accusations that Paula Deen’s restaurant menus can precipitate type two diabetes in people w/ a disposition in that direction, take a look at the film ‘Forks Over Knives’ to see the miraculous benefits a whole foods diet can have on everyone’s overall health. And as we’ve always said, ‘Just eat healthy 50 to 90% of the time. That gives you plenty of time for your favorite fun food pleasures AND provides your body w/ all the nutrients it needs to keep running in peak condition. You wouldn’t run your car w/ out ever changing the oil. Treat your body better than you treat your car.’ We also firmly believe that we are one of the few restaurants out there that can honestly say that if you eat at Avanti more often, you’ll be healthier than you already are. See y’all soon at Avanti CafĂ©. Cheers, Mark http://www.forksoverknives.com/