30 Bananas a Day!

Hi guys

I'm type 2 diabetic and I've been juicing, eating raw (except for quinoa), exercising etc for just under 5 months. At the beginning I still ate meat but have cut out all meat and dairy now and have done for the past 3.5-4 months. I'm doing well, lost 69lbs in just under 5 months and feel SO much better! I've recently come across this site and Durian and Freelee and I'm looking at increasing my fruit intake. I try to make my juices probably 70-80% veg with 20-30% fruit and I chomp on 2 or 3 bananas through the day. Will the increase in fruit intake and so fructose affect my type 2 diabetes? I've got my yearly diabetic blood test coming up in march and expect my doctor to at least reduce my medication if not eliminate it totally (fingers crossed), it's just that I'm worried (probably due to lack of enough knowledge, I'm still learning SO much) that the fructose will fire up the diabetes.

Love you guys

Daz

In that there UK

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@Darren, 

Welcome and congrats on the weight loss and transition to a better lifestyle.  

You can plug diabetes into the search and you will find many testimonials here of people who eat our diet 100% and can get off their  meds and or reduce meds if they are Type 1.  

Fruit usually causes no problem for diabetics and in its whole form is actually recommended by the medical and nutrition community.  I am not sure how advanced you condition is, but you might need to avoid processed and or starchy foods like grains and or potatoes.  

This might explain a little more:

30BaD FADs: Starchy Foods vs Fruit n Lettuce - 30 Bananas a Day!   

And because of lack of fiber content and possible effects on blood sugars, juicing is not recommended either:

30BaD FADs: Juicing Side Effects - 30 Bananas a Day!

In a nutshell for long term success:

Diet in a Banana Peel 

Eat a monkey diet where most of your carbohydrates and calories are coming from whole ripe fruits supplemented with about ½-2 pounds of lettuce greens a day and less than a handful of nuts a day.  Eat enough on a daily basis with about 2500 calories for females and at least 3000 calories for males, more if you exercise, work, care for a family, breastfeed, study, or run errands.  Drink 2-4 quarts of water a day and pee clear. Get 8-12 hours of sleep as you need. Exercise about 30 minutes a day 5-6 days a week with at least one day off for rest and repairs.  Get about 30 minutes of sunshine a day on your skin for vitamin D, mental health, eye health, and healthy bones and teeth.  

For more science behind how to this diet optimally for long term success:

Aloha to 30BaD's Welcome Wagon! - 30 Bananas a Day!

Good luck and Peace, PK

no. no bananas for diabetics. sorry.

The REASON why you can't eat bananas while 30bad people can, is because while containing FRUCTOSE (which goes through the liver and wont spike sugar) it also is a starch. And all starches WILL spike a diabetic blood sugar.

@WatermelonGirl,

This should be a case by case basis.  Diabetics come with various stages of the disease, and many of them can eat bananas as long as their diet is low fat, the blood is clean, and their bodies are able to assimilate the starch/glucose properly.  

I was pre diabetic on my SAD diet, and now even after eating a meal of 7-10 bananas, my blood sugars are in the low 70s now.  

I agree with you that this might not be true for all diabetics, but we cannot bundle them all in one basket.  And if many type 2 achieve healing, then eating bananas is not a problem.  

It is also normal for many people, diabetic or not, to have an initial spike of blood sugar 15-20 minutes after a meal.  

Peace, PK

Agreed. My JUICE has only ONE SMALL APPLE as a sweet component. but then I found it so tough to drink I just switched to blending. The only juices i make are to get my carrot - carrot ginger celery - is a good one. you cant blend carrot. well. its no fun.

avoid starch fruits - figs, banana, raisin, prune. avoid cooked potato and rice. eat greens and whole fruits. blending may be better than juicing for diabetic due to the fiber being there.

And no dates. They have a high sugar content. In fact avoid any fruit that is DRIED. thats a good rule for die a betics.

+1 JR,

Because of my kidney problem, I use urine strips almost on a daily basis, and I never spill glucose, and depending on the day, mood, and availability  I might put away 5-10 bananas plus all the other fruit greens n nuts.  

Peace, PK

OP, good luck with your quest.  I think there are a few folks on this board that USED to have your condition  so you came to the right place.

I put fruit in the vitamix and make smoothies so it still contains all the fiber. Juicing i save for the greens I don't like to eat much of.

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