The holistic approach to health is based on the belief that the body can heal itself if given the right tools. The holistic approach to Type 2 Diabetes is to focus on diet and nutrition, exercise, stress reduction and energy healing. The holistic approach to Type 2 Diabetes focuses on reducing blood sugar levels and boosting metabolism.
With respect to Type 2 diabetes, it is important to maintain a healthy weight and to end obesity and smoking. It is important to reduce body fat (measured as BMI) to acceptable levels. The holistic approach to achieve this is through diet, exercise, stress reduction and natural supplements.
For type 2 diabetes, we must look at food as medicine. Generally speaking, we should only consume foods that contain a lot of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. A high nutrient diet is recommended. This diet should consist almost entirely of whole fresh vegetables (especially green vegetables) with some whole fresh fruit (especially apples and pears) and berries. A little bit of whole grains (quinoa, couscous and kasha), berries, nuts and seeds is alright. Dried beans are good. They are filled with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals and are low glycemic foods. Dried mung beans, garbanzo beans, black beans and lentils are particularly good. Pinto beans, kidney beans, green beans, black eyed peas, great northern beans and navy beans are also good. Avoid starchy vegetables such as white potatoes. For protein, legumes, eggs and fish are recommended. But, at least 80% of the diet should consist of whole, fresh, non-starchy vegetables. Organic and raw vegetables are best. Whole fresh vegetables provide vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants so needed by the body.