Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Let's Bring Back Popeye and Reverse Diabetes!
If you haven't seen the Tyson nugget commercial yet, they are interviewing different kids one at a time on what they like to eat. The kids are all extra cute of course. One little boy is asked if he likes spinach and he wrinkles up his nose and says, "Spinach? not a big fan." Then they show how all the kids love the nuggets. They make some kind of statement at the end about how parents can be assured that all kids like Tyson nuggets (but not spinach of course).
This sends the wrong message to not only kids but the adults too. And.. this is what we're up against! We get these kinds of messages blasted at us none stop all the time and our kids are growing up seeing this as well.
Yes, I know I'm ranting but please bear with me as I have something very important to say to all those who wish to reverse diabetes.
As a kid I loved spinach. Why? Well, it started out because of Popeye. I'd sing, "I'm Popeye the sailor man.... toot toot" and show my bicep muscle like Popeye (I was a tom girl). Of course, I learned to love spinach for other reasons later on but it was that positive cartoon message that initially got me hooked.
We need to bring back Popeye!! and send our kids and our society the right message when it comes to food. Foods like chicken nuggets and other processed food are slowly killing us with diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart attacks, autoimmune diseases, and cancer.
When Popeye first became popular, it was the Great Depression years of 1931 - 1936. Popeye increased spinach consumption by about 33% with just a comic strip and that was with no TV appearances. Now, what do we tell people:
Basically we say spinach is bad. Eat overly processed and very unhealthy chicken nuggets instead.
How do we combat a food industry that has billions of dollars to spend on advertising blasting us with the wrong message?
I know the answer to my question is complicated but we need to collectively make our voices heard because our modern diet is killing us.
Spinach is one of the healthiest foods on Earth and it is one of the very best food choices you could eat if you are trying to reverse diabetes. Gram for gram, calorie for calorie, spinach is one of the most nutrient dense foods in the world.
Spinach contains a heavy does of magnesium and chromium, both of which help lower blood sugar in the body. It also has lots of fiber which, as you probably already know, also helps lower blood sugar.
In addition to lowering blood sugar, spinach also combats the negative effects of having too much sugar in your blood. High blood sugar causes the heart muscles and other cardiovascular muscles to weaken by making the mitochondria have less energy. The nitrates in spinach combat this effect. The nitrates also make nitric oxide which helps to dilate the blood vessels, lower blood pressure, and improve blood circulation.
The chlorophyll in the deep green leaves of spinach help build new red blood cells faster and this is important because red blood cells become damaged faster in diabetics. The glycoclycerolipids in spinach help build cell membranes which are also badly damaged in diabetics. Copper, zinc, and selenium help build up the immune system and type 2 diabetics usually have a compromised immune system. Spinach is also loaded with other antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and CoQ10, a vital co-enzyme needed for the heart to function properly.
Bottom line, you can't go wrong with spinach. If you are serious about reversing your diabetes, eat spinach often and eat a lot of it! Eat other green leafy vegetables closely related to spinach such as chard, amaranth, quinoa greens, dandelion greens, and lambsquarter (an enemy of Big Agriculture but delicious and nutritious). In fact, diabetics should eat lots of other greens too.
One of the biggest hurdles to reversing diabetes is the crazy messages you get blasted with on TV and in other media sources. I am living proof that eating the right food and avoiding the wrong food can reverse diabetes. If you have type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes, I highly suggest that you get this comprehensive guide and learn how to cure yourself with food and other natural means.
I love you Popeye! Way to go Elzie Crisler Segar!
Posted by Maxine at 9:36 PM