HEALTH RECOVERY PROGRAM

 

Eighty percent of overweight adults develop diabetes; probably 75 percent or more of these could be cured simply by following the Health Recovery Program. Follow the program for a full year before making any exceptions. Symptoms may clear rapidly, or very slowly over a year or more. Those who have a flat glucose tolerance curve can expect to be more resistant to treatment. After the year is up, gradually switch to a regular maintenance diet, while faithfully continuing the exercise, regularity, and other good health measures.

PHYSICAL SIGNS of Premature Aging Indicating Need for the Program

LABORATORY REPORTS Out of Ideal Range Listed Below

USES of Diet

Use the Health Recovery Program Diet for physical symptoms and signs, or laboratory test results suggesting a kind of metabolic problem involving major nutrients.

SYMPTOMS

For menu suggestions see Eat For Strength cookbook.

For the first year we recommend the oil-free diet.

FOODS ALLOWED

MEATS

A vegetarian diet is best. However, if meat and eggs are eaten, they should be overcooked to try to kill germs, and blotted to remove excess fat. Limit use in accordance with American Heart Association recommendations to two to five times a week, except for objectionable meats such as pork, ham, bacon, sausage, hot dogs, hamburger, canned meat spreads, pressed meats, and canned composite meats such as Spam, which should all be permanently eliminated. (There are acceptable substitutes.)

CHEESE

There are cheeses, butters, and sauces made from nuts, potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, onions or other vegetables and seasonings that provide delightful creams, spreads, and dips for vegetables, pastas and breads. Simple and inexpensive dishes can be made from appropriate recipes. See recommended cookbook.

HIGH PROTEIN MEAT SUBSTITUTES

These products are best used as a temporary measure while making the change to the vegetarian diet. They are more healthful than meats, but not as good as the unconcentrated, unrefined foods from which these products were obtained. The meat substitutes are generally manufactured from soy beans and grains. It should be emphasized that all concentrated foods should be used sparingly, mainly as seasonings.

BREADS

Use only whole grains. Two or three may be mixed for a single bread. Bread should be thoroughly cooked, and well masticated.

CEREALS

Use only whole grains. Commercial cream of wheat is not a whole grain. If you like cream of wheat, substitute bulgur wheat or farina, or use the recipe in EAT FOR STRENGTH for cream of wheat using whole kernel wheat. You may also make cream of rice, cream of corn, or any whole grain. Some other easily prepared whole grain cereals are oatmeal steel-cut oats, granola (without oil or honey), wheat cereals, buckwheat, barley, millet, brown rice, grits, or whole wheat macaroni. Soy spaghetti is also acceptable.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables may be used in liberal quantities. When used in the menu as a vegetable rather than as a main dish, the very starchy vegetables such as Irish potatoes, corn, spaghetti, macaroni, potatoes, or dried beans should be restricted to about 100 calorie portions. If corn, rice, spaghetti, macaroni, potatoes, or dried beans and peas are used as a main dish, a single serving should contain 250 to 300 calories. Very active persons, young men, and pregnant or lactating mothers may need seconds.

MILK PRODUCTS

Milk products are not recommended. Milk sensitivity is the most common form of food sensitivity in the United States. Many symptoms having obscure or unknown causes have their origin in milk use. There is invariably a stomach problem in persons with the hypoglycemic syndrome. Leaving off milk will benefit some of these individuals more than they could believe.

MILK SUBSTITUTES

Recommended are nut milks, soy milk made from soybeans or flour (not commercial soy milks which are heavily sweetened), cheeses made from nuts, flours or vegetables; and sour and sweet creams made from special recipes. These milks may be used sparingly in cooking and in limited quantities with meals.

MISCELLANEOUS

Green or black olives (not stuffed) and avocado (1/8 of a large one may be eaten.)

NUTS AND SEEDS

Use all kinds sparingly, as well as their butters (peanut butter, almond butter, sesame butter, etc.). Wash in cool water the shelled raw nuts, and sterilize them in the oven at 225° until dry. Raw nuts, sunflower, pumpkin, sesame seeds, and others feel gummy while drying. Stirring occasionally hastens drying. Use nuts raw, or lightly roasted. Pumpkin seeds are said to be good for prostate problems.

COFFEE AND TEA SUBSTITUTES

All beverage herb teas are acceptable, such as lemon grass, gossip, lemon mint, peppermint, etc. Postum, Caffag, Pero and other coffee substitutes are also acceptable, but some of this type of beverage have molasses or sugar beet residues in them. Check labels carefully. Remember that tea and coffee should be light drinks, not hearty and rich or nourishing. The only ingredient is water. All the rest is coloring, flavoring, or sweetening.

ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS

It is best to learn to eat foods in their natural, unsweetened state as much as possible. One should cultivate the habit of leaving off sweeteners. If the risks are taken in using these substitutes, they should be used in small amounts, not more than the equivalent of three teaspoons of sugar daily.

FRUITS

All fresh fruits may be used, and all fruits canned in water pack or natural juices. Bear in mind that fruit juices should be classed as refined foods, having had the fiber removed.

FOODS TO AVOID

SUGARS

White, brown, or raw sugar; fructose, honey (for diabetics and hypoglycemics no type of honey can be used), syrups, jams, jellies, preserves, jello, etc.

PASTRIES

Pies, cakes, any sweetened desserts, jello, which is only sweetened, colored, and flavored water with a small amount of gelatin (a highly refined protein). Learn to make your own pies and cakes healthfully from a good cookbook using no concentrated foods.

CHEESE

Cheese is not the best food. The putrefactive process results in the production of amines, ammonia, irritating fatty acids (butyric, caproic, caprylic, etc.) and lactic acid. These are all waste products which cause irritation to nerves and gastrointestinal tract. Tyramine, one of the toxic amines produced in cheese may cause migraine headache. Certain of the amines can interact with the nitrates present in the stomach to form nitrosamine, a cancer-producing agent. An intolerance to lactose, the chief carbohydrate of cheese and milk, is probably the most common food sensitivity in America. Rennet is used in the curdling of milk for cheese manufacture. Most rennet is obtained from the whole stomach lining of calves, kids, or pigs, and a very small percentage from vegetable sources.

REFINED GRAINS

White bread, buns, melba toast, crackers and saltines, cakes, cookies, white macaroni, spaghetti, white rice, bolted corn meal, cream of wheat, and other refined grain products. Make your own whole grain melba toast and melba waffles. Crackers, cakes and cookies which use baking soda or powder, eggs, milk, shortening, flavorings, colorings and sugar are unhealthful. They can, however, be made healthfully. The whole grain pastas require a little more cooking, but with a bit of experience the cook handles these just as well as the white varieties.

DRY CEREALS

Granola made with sugar, honey or oil; all boxed cereals.

SWEET FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

All dried fruits (raisins, dates, figs, etc.) are concentrated foods. It is easy to overeat on them, overloading the body with too much food. Having overworked the digestive system, most people experience an "all gone" feeling before the next meal. This sensation which many do not understand results from a sort of fatigue of the digestive apparatus. Bananas, mangoes, watermelon (difficult for some to digest), and sweet potatoes should be avoided. Grapes if taken generously, may cause shakiness or weakness before the next meal.

CAFFEINE DRINKS

Coffee, tea, cola drinks, and chocolate (even Sanka and Decaff). Nicotine has been recognized as a cause of hypoglycemia. Tea and cocoa products cause constipation. All members of this group cause problems.

SOFT DRINKS

All kinds, including powdered, bottled, etc. Fruit juices may occasionally make up part of the fluid in some recipes, but generally water is better. Juices should not be taken regularly at meals in large quantities as they interfere with digestion, dump quickly into the blood stream, and displace other, more important foods.

CONDIMENTS

Spices have a number of evil influences on the body and nervous system. In India there is more cancer of the stomach, due to the heavy use of spices. Many spices are capable of causing distortion of mental functions and poor concentration. Vinegar, even the labeled apple cider vinegar, is irritating, both to the nervous system and to body tissues. Pickles may be prepared from a good recipe, being essentially canned cucumbers with lemon juice and salt. All products made with vinegar, relish, mustard, catsup, hot pepper sauce, commercial mayonnaise, and other products must be avoided.

MEDICINES CONTAINING CAFFEINE

Anacin, A.P.C., B,C., Caffergot, Cope, Coricidin, Dolor, Empirin Compound, Excedrin, Fiorinal, 4-Way Cold Tablets, Stanback, Trigesic, Vanquish, and others.

SOME GENERAL PRINCIPLES

Eat a substantial breakfast and lunch; supper, if eaten, should be only whole grains or fruit. We have found the two meal plan allows the body the greatest opportunity to recover from the heavy work of digestion. There should be at least five hours between meals. Do not vary mealtime by so much as a few minutes. Take no fluids with meals. Chew well. Blood sugar levels in rapid eaters fluctuate more widely than in those who eat slowly, chewing their food well. Expect that hypoglycemics may be nervous, irritable, and tend to get neurotic or self-centered, to brood over supposed ills, and to dwell on physical or emotional symptoms. Handle them with gentleness.

Many advise a "high protein" feeding between meals, with a bedtime snack, and even eating during the night. This practice is unphysiologic and prolongs the problem. The pancreas has been overstimulated and requires rest for recovery. It should be stimulated only at certain specified intervals, so that it can regain its rhythmical pattern. Therefore, mealtimes should be very regular, with as little variation as possible, and nothing eaten between meals.

Do not destroy the confidence of the patient in his doctor. He may be doing the very best he knows. Metabolic and nutrition problems are still poorly understood by most physicians. The patient may need his physician in other ways, and should not be needlessly cut off from him.

Caffeine and nicotine are potent stimulators of insulin production, and must be strictly avoided. Alcohol is highly injurious, a concentrated carbohydrate, a pancreatic stimulant, and a cellular poison. Even small amounts accelerate aging. To get "out of control" as a hypoglycemic does not mean that for a few hours he feels bad, and then all is well. The hypoglycemic may require some weeks to regain a sense of well-being after a short period of indiscretion. Some persons are highly sensitive to any transgression of health laws. And even if no ill effect is felt, the deterioration of the vital structures is proceeding more rapidly.

We advise that legumes (beans, peas, peanuts, etc.) and the whole grains such as rice, be used as a main dish as often as possible, rather than animal products. These simple and inexpensive foods are excellent sources of protein, and have the advantage that they do not raise the blood cholesterol or endanger the health from animal diseases. They also tend to have about one-third less calories than even the lean meats.

Drink enough water between meals to keep the urine almost colorless. For most people, this will average six to eight glasses a day. Drink water no closer than about fifteen minutes before meals, and wait about thirty minutes or more after meals. Generally the less fluid taken with meals the better. Much weakness and fatigue are due to compensatory water shifts, and the person is actually "wilted" even if no thirst is experienced.

Exercise is your best friend. Twenty minutes per day is minimal. One hour daily is better, but on certain days three to five hours may he needed Do not get sunburned and do not make your muscles sore with too much exercise. Both of these are unhealthful Gradually build to a good exercise level without ever developing sore muscles. Exercise helps keep your appetite under control, neutralizes stress, lowers blood cholesterol, promotes digestion, and normalizes blood sugar. Make it your companion. Breathe deeply while exercising and meditate on nature as you work out.

DO YOU HAVE THE HYPOGLYCEMIC SYNDROME?

1. Review the typical symptoms, signs, and laboratory findings given on page one.

2. Typical lifestyle and pattern of surgical procedures. The typical person has an active social life, was "in everything" at school, and made good grades. Life has been rewarding until the present progression of symptoms, causing life to be unbearable.

3. The five or six hour glucose tolerance test usually shows typical abnormalities, but occasionally may not show them. No sugar should be spilled in the urine by normal kidneys in people who do not have diabetes. If the blood sugar is either very high or very low in a glucose tolerance test, suspect the hypoglycemic syndrome. The ideal range for all values except the thirty minute and one hour readings is between seventy and eighty-five. Any reading above or below this ideal may mean trouble ahead. This disease does not come on without warning. There are signals all along the way, from too rapid growth in infancy and childhood on through the dental caries and teenage depressions or rebellions, until finally the blood chemistries show up with higher than the ideal blood sugar and higher than ideal blood lipids (cholesterol 100 plus the age, and triglycerides around 100 or below).

This syndrome is misnamed "hypoglycemia" which indicates a disorder of carbohydrate metabolism. There is not a single nutrient uninvolved in this syndrome, including vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and water. Some feel protein toxicity or fat overload are as important as carbohydrate sensitivity.

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The majority of this content is taken from Dr. Agatha Thrash of Uchee Pines Institute, printed with permission by Wildwood Inn Health Retreat.