Last week’s post on Diabetes support, we uncovered some of the risk factors for people who might be heading toward a blood sugar handling issue with Catherine Veilleux, CFNP. If you missed it, take a few minutes to look at the interview for some great information. This week, my interview is with Dr. Japa Khalsa. She’s a fabulous wealth of knowledge with a bit of a twist on what’s commonly known about Diabetes.
We double up on some of the information given in last week’s post, such as how people from different parts of the world may be more susceptible to Diabetes. She raises our awareness that the large portions, high intake of sugar and fruits are new to our bodies in the past 100 years, and that our bodies are actually designed to go through longer intervals without food.
She dives deep into foods to eat, foods to avoid and when to eat different foods. She even talks about having your veggies for breakfast, instead of the sugary pastries that are common in our western culture.
I love that she starts off with talking about how we all are born with a ‘Chi account’. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM for short), ‘Chi’ is our energy flow. Some people have more robust Chi than others. She talks about how we’re all given a certain amount of Chi when we’re born that’s given, mostly by our parents. This can be from our gene pool, the foods that our mother’s ate or maybe didn’t eat when she was pregnant with us, and even possibly what her stress levels were like when we were conceived and in-utero. All of this contributes to what we’re born with and may contribute to what level of health we enjoy during our lifetimes. All of this can effect whether we’re more pre-disposed to certain disease processes, how much junk food we’re able to eat before it affects us negatively (and why others can eat, drink and smoke as much as they want without any seemingly negative consequences….not fair, right?!). Apparently, though, even if some of us weren’t blessed with robust Chi when we were born, the good news is that we have the ability to change that through our lifestyle choices.
In TCM, it’s said that an over-abundance of sugar during the day can affect the spleen (in TCM, the spleen and pancreas are part of the same energy channel), liver, and adrenals. It may cause an over-stimulation. Over-indulgences such as too much sugar, fruit, white, processed flour effects the spleen negatively and can lead to an inability to process sugar. Once the spleen/pancreas is over-stimulated, it will start the cycle of needing more stimulation to keep that process going. What this means is that it’ll keep you craving sweets for the rest of the day.
Many people are over-stimulated from ongoing, over-consumption of sweets and simple carbohydrates.
So, I hope this helps give you easy-to-do tips that you can implement right now into your daily healthcare routine. Anything that you’ll try does take commitment and discipline. Change doesn’t happen on its’ own without commitment. Real change requires small, everyday changes to have a big impact. Sometimes our health challenges can feel overwhelming and defeating, I know….I’ve been there. I also know that any small change that we make today, with a commitment to sticking with it can make positive impact in the long run. You’ve got this!
Lots of love and hugs from beautiful Northern New Mexico where the sky is blue and the lilacs are in bloom,
What’s your biggest challenge? Sweets? Pastries? Pies? Over-eating? Eating a doughnut for breakfast?
Whatever you find your struggling with the most, consider making a 11 day commitment to switching up your routine. If you find that you need a sweet treat around 3 pm everyday, plan ahead and take a container of olives, cut up veggies and fruit to sub-out for that cookie or candy bar.
If you find that you’re always reaching for that second helping of pasta for dinner, consider drinking a glass of water prior to eating and simply have one helping of pasta, or maybe skip the garlic bread.
…..Or do you grab a doughnut on the way to work every morning? Try a simple green smoothie that you can make the night before and blend up, throw in a jar, and drink in the car.