What’s the Deal with Raw Food for Diabetes?

Courtesy of Carlos Porto

Courtesy of Carlos Porto


I have been curious about the whole “raw food for diabetes” diet claims.  I’m curious about everything, that’s just the way I am.  I find it a helpful quality because I’ll explore something before prejudging it more times than not.  So anyway, while I would never support claims that a raw food diet cures diabetes or is “the right thing” to do, I would like to know how it affects my insulin needs.  Does it help with insulin resistance?  Does it help me manage my type 1 diabetes?  Dr. Bernstein’s way of super low carb helps me manage my diabetes but the extra satiating fat involved also packs on the pounds (not for everyone, but for me).  And since I just so happen to feel my best on fruits and veggies and I’m feeling a bit bored lately, why not find out how I handle raw? 

This past week I’ve been eating chicken, eggs, raw vegetables, fruit.  For lows, I’ve been having glucose tablets instead of juice or candy.  I have omitted anything processed even though all I used to have of processed food was a few whole wheat crackers here, one of hubby’s tortilla chips there, a little bit of candy to combat a low-so it wasn’t even much.  But, does a little go a long way when it comes to processed food? 

In the past week, my basal insulin, which I take as a daily injection of Lantus insulin went from 21 units to 15 units.  I thought that was interesting.  I haven’t even been doing much more than kettlebell workouts and Ashtanga yoga. 

Removing all traces of processed food during the week and having glucose tablets instead of juice or candy were the only changes I made this past week during which I kept getting low and therefore kept lowering my Lantus until I got my sugar stabilized at 15 units.  I figured it was the right dose because I tested twice in the middle of the night and my sugars stayed around 90 until morning.  They stayed in range all day. 

Starting today I will be doing a raw food detox diet for one week to see how it feels and to see how a type 1 can manage a “detox”.  A friend led me to a site talking about raw food.  Then I read more and more and got super curious.  I started last night by fasting from 6pm to today at 6pm.  Then my dinner today was papaya.  Then for the next week it’s raw fruit and veggies for meals and plenty of water.  No salt, no caffeine, no spices, no fat.  Funny…I just so happened to plan this on the week of my birthday-I turn 28 this coming Wednesday.  I plan on keeping my detox, though.  Let’s see how that one goes.  Maybe I’ll have a cake made out of berries and dates, who knows.

Honestly, not eating for 24 hours was not too bad.  What’s bad is having to do it against one’s will or doing it too often, or perhaps doing it straight off of the standard American diet.  I felt sleepy during the day and that is about it.  Some people have naturally large appetites and I do recognize I’m not one of them so for that reason this was easier for me than it would be for someone else.  I will also be using this week to try to suffer through letting go of my coffee and carb cravings/addiction.  Maybe it won’t work, maybe it will.  Coffee is fueling my anxiety issues so I really want to let it go. 

By the way, I’m not saying this is how anyone should eat.  I’m just in need of an experiment!  I put a hold on my “cinnamon trial” because I want to think through just how to best test that out.  You know, using the scientific method so that there is a teensy bit of credibility to the results.

If this goes well, I’m going to consider going maybe 80% “raw” for a while.  Raw eggs, veggies, fruits, sprouts, and nuts.  Main reason being that I have always craved raw fruit and veggie platters over any other kind of food.  Fruit and veggies also fill up my appetite so I wouldn’t have to fight it.  Besides, maybe then I’ll understand how much possible impact raw food might have on my insulin needs.  I’m really interested in seeing what happens.

Wish me luck!

One thought on “What’s the Deal with Raw Food for Diabetes?

  1. Jen

    I have been so curious about this lately too! I recently watched the documentary, “Raw for 30 days”. I’m not convinced it will cure me…but I definitely am curious on the possitive affect it will have on my insulin needs/overall health.
    I just picked up the book “The Raw Food Detox Diet” by Natalia Rose. I love her philosophies in it so far and she has detoxing and going Raw in different stages based on where you are at with your health and what you are comfortable with.

    You should check it out. She has several other books as well.

    I always hear that if you do a detox or go raw that it needs to be under extreme care by a dr if you have diabetes. It seems like everyone freaks out about it and does not recomend it if you have diabetes. I’m excited to see you doing this and handling your basals well.

    Can’t wait to hear how it all goes for you!

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