“Fasting may prove to be the most effective solution to reduce the toxic glucose overload in our body,” says Dr. Pramod, adding: “It is interesting to note that during World War I and World War II, the Type 2 diabetes death rates have dropped dramatically since food was rationed and people ate less, so fasting may actually be beneficial.
When you consume a low carbohydrate diet throughout the day, it will help you detoxify your body and burn excess fat and glucose in the body. However, if you are a type 1 diabetic or a lean type 2 diabetic, it is best to avoid prolonged fasting periods. Diabetic patients should also make sure to check their blood sugar and blood pressure at regular intervals throughout the day. “You might sometimes feel uncomfortable due to sudden deviation from daily routine. So make sure to drink salt water to avoid dehydration. You can also consume appetite suppressants like l water, green tea, cinnamon, coffee,
Sabja or chia seeds. Remember, hunger does not persist. It comes in waves and will pass – so stay busy,” adds Dr Pramod.
As a diabetic patient, you can also opt for complete water-dependent or intermittent fasting. If you have any doubts about your current condition, consult a doctor or dietitian for the same.
Safe foods to eat:
- Tamarind or kokum saar with stevia
- Lemon sorbet without sugar and addition of stevia drops
- Coffee – black or with coconut milk
- Soaked nuts like walnuts or almonds
- kuttu (buckwheat)
- Singapore (water chestnut)
- Sweet potato in limited quantity
- Whole fruit
Foods to avoid:
- Sago (sabudana)
- fried foods