Pre-diabetes, type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes are serious conditions and we recommend you work closely with a doctor, diabetes educator and other health professionals to ensure you are getting proper, tailored treatment for your condition and consult with them before making any changes to your diet.
While our meal plans and recipes are based on our philosophy of quitting sugar and JERF (Just eat real food!), they're not specifically tailored for people with type 1, 2 or pre-diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, meaning the body destroys its own insulin-making cells. The body can’t turn sugar into energy on its own so patients are highly dependent on daily insulin injections. Usually diagnosed in people under 30, what causes type 1 diabetes is not entirely clear. There is no known way to prevent type 1 diabetes, nor is there a cure (yet), but you can help manage the illness through medication, diet and lifestyle.
Our online program meal plans can be suitable for people with type 1 diabetes because of the focus on skipping processed foods and and choosing nutrient-dense whole foods instead. Our meal plans are designed to be flexible so you can make adjustments as you need, but keep in mind that you'll need to make these changes yourself as we don't have the expertise to guide you with these substitutions. Please also be aware we don’t provide a complete nutritional profile of our meal plans, so if you need the specific nutritional information for recipes, you’ll need to enter each recipe into a food analysis program.
Type 2 diabetes
Our online program meal plans can also be well suited to people with type 2 diabetes. Similar to the above, as the meal plans are not tailored for type 2 diabetes you may find that you need to make some tweaks to the recipes, which you'll need to make yourself. We strongly suggest consulting your doctor before starting any diet plan to ensure that it aligns with your current condition.
Our online program meal plans can also be well suited to people with pre-diabetes. Quitting sugar, maintaining a healthy body weight and eating a nutrient-dense whole food diet can help stop the progression of pre-diabetes to type 2 diabetes.
Sweeteners: Rice malt syrup and stevia
Rice malt syrup (RMS) is made from fermented cooked rice and is a blend of complex carbohydrates, glucose and maltose. We occasionally use RMS in our recipes because it's 100% fructose-free. While RMS is fructose-free, please be aware it's still a form of sugar that will demand an insulin response and raise blood sugar levels. While our recipes only use minimal amounts of RMS teamed with healthy fats, fibre and protein which slow down the sugar release into the blood, it's best to check in with a preferred health professional if you have any concerns about this sweetener.
Stevia is a plant-based sweetener that is 300 times sweeter than sugar and also 100 per cent fructose-free. It’s completely natural (yep, it comes from a leaf!). We also occasionally use stevia in our recipes, which is a great option for diabetics because it doesn't raise blood glucose levels like RMS does.
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