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Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 7-10-2015
Unhealthy eating concept...

The unhealthy eating concept…

Some foods on the market should not even be called foods because they are a mock-up. Many foods present with artificial preservatives, chemicals and added sugars and are far, far away from what a natural food looks like or tastes.

Your mission is to detect these artificial foods and the fake sugars they contain – and stay as far away from them as possible.

For example, imitation sugar #1 is corn syrup. High fructose corn syrup is a highly processed chemical added to foods. It has already been revealed in many research studies to cause metabolic disorder, pre-diabetes, worsen Type 2 diabetes, and help bring about many adverse effects in the body.

Let’s make this article interactive – go to your kitchen cabinet to start checking foods for corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup. It is surprising to find the number of foods with these products in them. Next look for sugar words in the list of ingredients…

– invert sugar,
– turbinado sugar,
– maple sugar,
– brown sugar,
– molasses,
– syrups,
– honey, and
– agave.

It is a real shocker to find foods in your cabinet containing these ingredients. Then look for sucrose and fructose. Next look for fake sugars along these lines…

– aspartamine,
– aspartame,
– saccharine,
– xylitol,
– sorbitol,
– erythritol,
– sucralose, and
– mannitol.

Energy Drink CanMake sure you check foods such as condiments – ketchup, mustard, teriyaki sauce, barbecue sauce, and hot sauce. Don’t forget to check tomato and pasta sauces, dried fruit, soda, gummies, granola bars, canned fruit and any energy drinks.

 Check your cabinets and let us know what you find! Find out more in our next blog – we’ll discuss the topic, “Why Should I Remove High Fructose Corn Syrup From My Diet?”


Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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Twitter: @diabetes2diva


Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 28-9-2015

When you decide to give up sugar, the next step is to engage in support from your family and friends. There are a few ways to do this…

Diet. Beautiful Young Woman near the Refrigerator with healthy fYou could start a 30-day challenge for your family on eating without sugar. Tell them about the benefits and make it an experience to discover the benefits. Don’t expect them to be 100% committed in the very beginning, but if you keep providing them with stories about how people got rid of sugar and amazing things happened, they will start to turn around.

The challenge method is a fun way to approach the change.

The other approach is to simply state it like a command – “this is what our family is doing right now.” So they know they don’t have a choice. This approach is best if your kids are really opinionated and seem to buck everything you try to do. By showing them there’s no room for diversion from your plan, they’ll know you mean business.

There’s another method that may or may not work – changing your family’s diet without telling them. In this strategy, you will go clean out all your cabinets of sugar-containing foods, then clean out your refrigerator and freezer, and add some new foods that are edible yet have no sugar in them.

You may get one of two responses or both from your family with this one…

1. they may be shocked when they can’t recognize any familiar things in the cabinets anymore, or
2. they will be excited to discover new foods.

Your response to them on why you did it will have to be very dramatic. Your doctor said it was a life or death scenario, that kind of excuse. This makes it a situation where there’s no compromise.

Next post you will find out what foods contain hidden sugars.


Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

Facebook: DrugFreeType2Diabetes
Twitter: @diabetes2diva


Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 26-8-2015

Large counter with chocolate candiesThere are several reasons why sugar is literally the worst possible food to have in your diet if you’re diabetic.

Here’s a list…

1. Sugar depletes your body of B vitamins and minerals. As a diabetic, you need every one of the vitamins and minerals you can possibly get.

2. Sugar causes insulin resistance, something that every diabetic does not need.

3. Sugar makes cancers grow in the body. It feeds them.

4. Sugars such as high fructose corn syrup cause liver problems such as fatty liver. Fatty liver is one more health issue you don’t need as a diabetic!

5. Sugar causes addictive disorders and makes you less sensitive to the effects of morphine.

6. Sugar releases huge amounts of dopamine in the brain and can create an addiction to all sugary foods.

7. Sugar causes overweightedness and obesity – and that’s ugly.

8. Sugar causes high cholesterol levels.

9. Sugar can contribute to hardening of the arteries.

Need any more reasons to stop eating sugar?

Next, find out why your doctor and dietitian keep telling you sugar is okay to eat for Type 2 diabetics.

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

Facebook: DrugFreeType2Diabetes
Twitter: @diabetes2diva

Why Does My Dietitian and Doctor Tell Me Sugar is Okay for Diabetics?

Why Does My Dietitian and Doctor Tell Me Sugar is Okay for Diabetics?
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 17-8-2015

The simple answer to this question is that your dietitian and doctor are misinformed. Your dietitian gets information from the American Dietetic Association. Your doctor gets information from the American Medical Association.

Morning breakfast with mini donuts and berriesBoth your dietitian and your medical doctor have to operate within the standards of their profession. Thus, if their professional standards tell them to not remove sugar from the diet of diabetics, then they technically have to follow the standards.

Both the American Medical Association and the American Dietetic Association don’t recommend removing sugar from the diet. There’s some talk about the American Dietetic Association receiving kickbacks from the sugar industry for promoting it, and this talk goes back a few decades.

There’s a move in today’s medical schools towards something called translational medicine. Have you heard of it?

This is where the professors at the medical school are not waiting 25 years anymore for the American Medical Association to get around to changing their policies about different types of therapies. Instead, they’re collecting the data from numerous recently done medical studies and starting to incorporate them in their practice now.

And these physicians are a lot more successful than the conservative ones who decide to wait until they are told what to do and what to change in their practice.

You can do the same thing. By using this information on our blog, which is highly researched to find out what works for diabetics, you can take your diabetes and then eliminate it. This latest series on sugar is one of the first steps.

Next…  find out how you can get your family to stop eating so much sugar in their diet.


Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

Facebook: DrugFreeType2Diabetes
Twitter: @diabetes2diva

A Diabetics Guide to Choosing Alternative Sweeteners and Sugars

A Diabetics Guide to Choosing Alternative Sweeteners and Sugars
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 18-2-2014

Many that condemn sugar for its negative effects on health seem to prefer to suggest in its place people consume an alternative sweetener. But the truth is alternative sweeteners can be just as bad for you as sugar, if not in some cases worse.

Do you know which alternative sweeteners are better for your health than sugar? If not, read on as I try to break it down to help you have an easier time when choosing.

The following is a list of common sugars and sweeteners, their glycemic index (GI) and other important factors to consider when choosing all types of the sweet stuff:

Maltodextrin – This sugar has a very high-GI rating of 150. Which means it is deadly for a diabetic.
Glucose / Dextrose – This type of sugar also has a considerably high-GI of 100, which is the same as white bread.
High Fructose Corn Syrup – This alternative sweetener has a GI of 87, and is more damaging to the body than even table sugar.
Corn Syrup – This alternative sweetener has a GI of 75, which means if table sugar has negative effects for a diabetic (see below), then corn syrup definitely will.
White / Refined Table Sugar – This sugar has a GI of 65, which is considered on the high end of the spectrum with the worst effects to blood sugar coming from foods in this range. Most table sugar comes from plantations that are Genetically Modified, and is often so refined there are hardly any nutrients left, and it can also cause mineral depletion.
Refined Honey – This type of honey has a high-GI of 75 due to how much processing it has been subjected to, which sadly makes it no better than sugar on blood sugar levels which is what matters at the end of the day.
Evaporated Cane Juice – Has a lower-GI than white sugar but it is still refined and lacking nutrients which is why we eat  food – not just for a sweet kick!



Raw Honey – This type of honey is completely different to the refined honey and unpasteruised and less processed types (such as Manuka), and can be as low as 50 on the GI charts. Plus they have most of their amazing nutrients intact.
Coconut Palm Sugar – With a GI of 35, this nutrient rich low-GI sweetener that is acquired from the flowers growing on coconut trees, makes a much better alternative to white sugar, even for baking.
Agave Nectar – Although it has a low-GI of 30 and the agave plant itself is full of health benefits, sadly due to the amount of processing the common store bought agave syrups have been subjected to, makes them not much better for your health than regular white table sugar. Use sparingly.
Xylitol – A sugar alcohol with a GI of 7 making this a much better option for keeping blood sugar levels stable –  but again please use it sparingly as most brands of Xylitol are GMO and it could cause an intestinal issue.
Stevia – Finally, we reach the cream of the crop in terms of alternative sweeteners, as Stevia has a GI of 0! This sweetener is also 200 to 300 times sweeter than white sugar so use it sparingly for this reason only!
Artificial Sweeteners (Aspartame, Sucralose) – Whilst these too have a GI of 0, they are by no means good for your health, as all artificial sweeteners are toxic and have demonstrated causing weight gain and kidney stones.

I hope this guide has been informative and you feel much more informed when going shopping for sweeteners or sugars of any kind. Stevia and coconut sugar are the clear best choices for your blood sugar level and overall health.

Remember the key to working out what amount suits you is to pay attention to how you feel after consuming the different types of sweeteners on offer and to go sparingly with most types, as even if they are low on the GI scale and demonstrate the ability to be gentle on your blood sugar – they still may be doing damage to your health in other ways.

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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Twitter: @diabetes2diva

Is Agave Syrup just Table Sugar in Disguise?

Is Agave Syrup just Table Sugar in Disguise?
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 14-12-2013

healthy food.Your body can’t avoid consuming some sugars. In fact you need carbohydrates and certain sugars for your very survival because your cells break these down and turn glucose into energy for you. Sugars are a natural part of many of the foods you eat, including fruits and vegetables. Sugars found in processed foods or that you add to your foods are another matter, however. Some are relatively healthy, and others are not so good for you.

Alternative sweeteners to sugar are becoming a common place in supermarkets all around the world. But one that is given a highly regarded reputation, even in natural and organic health stores, is the famous Agave Syrup. But labeling it as a “healthy alternative” to sugar is proving to be a mistake.

What is Agave Syrup? Agave syrup is taken from the blue agave plant, of which there are 300 types of agave plants that typically grow in Mexico, the southern United States and in northern South America.

Traditionally it was used by the Aztec people for healing infections and wounds from the raw plant itself.

Today’s version is quite different. What is typically being sold on the market now is a form that started out as a natural substance from Mother Nature, but after heavy processing and refining the end result is completely different and not so natural after having some of the vital nutrients and components removed. Unfortunately there are many reports that several brands are heated and refined and manufacturers are not designating this on the label. So, you think the product is pure and unprocessed but in fact the product may be be heated to high temperatures for long periods of time. Even more disturbing is the ingredient data shows it contains a lot of fructose.

Is Agave Syrup healthy? The facts are refined and processed agave sweeteners are not really any healthier than sugar and its famous friends – honey, high fructose corn syrup or other sweeteners. Nutritionally speaking, agave syrup acts in the body in the same way high fructose corn syrup and sugar syrup do – which as we know can cause everyone’s blood sugar to rise drastically especially if consumed often.

To be specific, agave syrup can range from 55% to 90% concentrated fructose, (which is a simple sugar that is found in fruit), the other 10% is glucose.

So for a person diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, agave syrup really isn’t any better for them than the other sugar substitutes – or even pure table sugar for that matter seeing as it has the same effect on the body as the others, and that’s what counts.

It should also be noted agave syrup is not safe for consumption during pregnancy due to the large amount of saponins agave syrup contains. The saponins have a possible link to miscarriage by stimulating blood flow to the uterus. So agave syrup is best avoided when pregnant.

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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Twitter: @diabetes2diva



Why You Need to Avoid High-Fructose Corn Syrup

Why You Need to Avoid High-Fructose Corn Syrup
Posted by admin, Dated 29-10-2013

Many studies carried out have shown a clear link to the increased consumption of high fructose corn syrup with the out of control and ever-increasing epidemic of obesity and Type 2 diabetes in the US. This does not just mean it only affects people in the US, it means any country that sells food or drink products containing HFCS will have the same problem the more it is used and consumed.

What is High Fructose Corn Syrup?

BHP.HFCS.HFCS is where corn (maize) derived syrup has undergone enzymatic processing to change some of its glucose into a substance called fructose because of the sweetness this produces. HFCS is then added to anything from soda to snack bars and cake ingredients, to make it sweeter and therefore more desirable to eat…

– in Canada HFCS can be seen on the ingredients label as ‘glucose/fructose,’
– in Europe it can be labelled as ‘glucose-fructose,’ and
– in other countries ‘high-fructose maize syrup.’

But this is not inclusive of every name out there for HFCS.

High Fructose Corn Syrup is more Dangerous than Sugar…

The US is where HFCS is consumed the most. This is because the US has to pay two to three times more than the rest of the world for sugar, so it’s easy to see why HFCS has become a staple sweetener in food and soda.

But don’t let this fool you into thinking your foods may not be full of HFCS just because you don’t live in the US. In the UK for example, some of the known foods that contain high fructose corn syrup are:

– McVitie’s HobNobs,
– McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes,
– Carte D’Or ice cream, and< - Mr Kipling Bakewell Slices. These brands are also sold globally. So ensure you start reading your food and drinks labels to avoid this deadly ingredient. One of the reasons HFCS is deadlier than sugar is because it is metabolized to fat in your body quicker than any other sugar currently tested by scientists. This happens because most fats are formed in your liver and when sugar enters your liver it will decide whether to store it, burn it or turn it into fat. But when it comes to fructose - this process is completely bypassed and therefore the liver simply turns it into fat immediately. Scientific data published on this topic also shows consuming fructose will lead to decreased signalling in your central nervous system by the hormones leptin and insulin. Leptin and insulin play a major role in regulating how much food you eat, as well as controlling your body weight - this then suggests dietary fructose may contribute to overeating and weight gain. Also, as any diabetic will know, decreased insulin and leptin signalling is a main cause of Type 2 diabetes and a host of other obesity related conditions. So, if you are trying to lose weight and manage your Type 2 diabetes, then avoid fructose, especially in the form of high fructose corn syrup, to enhance your chances of success.

More Researchers Exposed for Bad Research on Sugar

More Researchers Exposed for Bad Research on Sugar
Posted by admin, Dated 14-8-2013

bhp.diabetes.milkA recent study conducted at the University of Central Florida examined people who drank low-fat milk with sugar or high fructose corn syrup every day for ten weeks.

The researchers found the fat in their liver didn’t increase and there wasn’t any insulin resistance seen in the volunteers.

The researchers concluded that what the American Medical Association physicians have been saying for all these years is correct. You can consume sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup or sugar and it’s safe.

Oh, really!

Can you see their mistakes? It just really concerns me when I see such preposterous conclusions. What are these researchers thinking?

Their design of the research is flawed from the start. First of all, when Americans consume high fructose corn syrup or sugar, they don’t put it in their milk. And if they did, they wouldn’t be putting it in low-fat milk; they’d go for a higher fat content in the milk.

Secondly, in the real world the people would have used those sweetened drinks on the market, not milk. By adding milk to the diets of the volunteers, they already added more nutrients to the diet of the volunteers. They increased the protein, the calcium that affects hormone production and vitamin D levels too. Milk also has other nutrients in it and is a wholesome food.

On the other side, the high fructose corn syrup drinks on the market don’t have protein in them, or vitamin D or calcium or other nutrients. Do you see how this research is flawed from the start?

And the third big mistake is only letting the study go for 10 weeks. It takes much more time for the body to develop disease.

So, do I believe it? No, not at all. I’m sticking to my guns about high fructose corn syrup causing fatty liver disease in rats and humans.

Pre-Diabetes Question: Can I still drink my 7-Up? I was told I could still drink it.

Pre-Diabetes Question: Can I still drink my 7-Up? I was told I could still drink it.
Posted by Beverleigh Piepers RN, Dated 5-6-2013

The pre-diabetic who asked this question mentioned it was the dietitian, along with the nurse and doctor, who told him it was okay to drink 7-Up as a pre-diabetic.

Unfortunately, there are still quite a few dietitians and medical professionals who honestly believe diabetics can have sugar in their diet.

What can I say except that maybe these health professionals never really did their homework to find out diabetes is a disorder of carbohydrates… and the worst carbohydrate is the simple carbohydrate, sugar! I don’t know where they went wrong in the process of learning – or if they attended any recent classes on how to reverse Type 2 diabetes in the first place.

The fact is, if you want the traditional results seen with many Type 2 diabetics and pre-diabetics (amputations, kidney disease, dialysis, cataracts and peripheral neuropathy), then follow their plan because they have it down pretty pat. If you do everything they say, that’s what you have to look forward to.

If you follow the advice of someone who works with pre-diabetics and Type 2 diabetics to help them reverse their illness, then take sugar out of your diet. You will be pleasantly surprised at what happens.

 For example, you lose weight. Hey, isn’t it supposed to be difficult for a diabetic to lose weight?

Another example is your moods will stabilize. Hey, aren’t you supposed to depend on mood prescription drugs for this? Who ever said that someone could do it themselves?

And one more example is that your headaches go away and your concentration level improves. How cool is that?

What About Thanksgiving Day Desserts?

What About Thanksgiving Day Desserts?
Posted by Beverleigh Piepers RN, Dated 14-11-2011

Many people with Type 2 diabetes are worried about the dessert table at holidays. Will they be tempted too much? Will they overeat and cause problems to themselves?

Some diabetics are willing to take risks and think it’s important to act like everyone else.

But I would ask you to consider the consequences. First of all, the damage from too much blood sugar is thought to be irreversible. If the sugar is deposited in the tissues of the eye, the proteins become cross-linked and the development of cataracts is sped up.

If the sugar is deposited in the skin, you end up looking older than you really are. And who wants to undergo cosmetic surgery anyway?

If the sugar is deposited in the nerves, peripheral neuropathy results or worsens your present condition.

It’s just not worth it. It’s self-sabotage and for what purpose?

So here’s what you can do instead:

Eat just a few of those carbs but don’t exceed 40 grams carbs in any 2-hour period of time at Thanksgiving. So get to the party two hours before the big meal and eat some snacks – but no more than 30 grams worth.

This means you may have to ask the host what will be served so you can look up the carb content ahead of time. Then you’ll know how much you can snack on before the meal.

Next, keep your carbs during the meal at 30 grams. This may mean only a spoonful of stuffing and a spoonful of mashed potatoes and do have a salad with vinaigrette dressing to lower the blood sugar level. Don’t forget your cactus jelly to lower your blood sugar level as well.

Finally after the meal announce that you challenge anyone for desserts. More on that in my next article.