- In the previous article last month, we discussed the importance of eating whole unrefined foods and grains on a daily basis as whole foods/grains are more complex and burn slowly, thereby have a low Glycemic Index which is necessary to maintain a stable and low blood sugar.
- In this article we will discuss some specific dishes and preparations that support healing Type 2 Diabetes.
- Horse gram with pumpkin: This is a long cooked dish where we don’t pressure cook the grain but rather slow cook it with horse gram lentils for about 1.5 hours. In a heavy stainless steel based pan, we first place a bay leaf, then a layer of roughly cut onions, and then a layer of largely cut pumpkin and then over that we place the horse gram lentils which were ideally soaking 12-15 hours. We add enough water to cover the lentils fully and then bring to a gentle boil. After the boil, reduce the flame and simmer cook covered for 1.25-1.5 hours. If we need to add water along the way, make sure to add pre-heated water as cold water will disturb the healing energy of long cooking for building stable fire energy. Once the water has dried and the beans are well cooked we mix all the layers with a wooden or bamboo spoon and add salt, and desired seasoning to taste. You may also keep it simple and add just salt and a little low sodium high quality soya sauce.
- Onions and pumpkin are naturally sweet vegetables that are good for eating regularly to slow down our blood sugar. Horse gram lentils are given this name as they carry the strength and power matching to that of a horse. Simply put, they improve vitality in the body. These lentils also nourish one’s kidneys. These lentils are also considered heating to the body and hence help to improve the metabolism for a person with a disease where sluggishness is a dominant cause and effect. Combined with the gentle sweetness of onions and pumpkin, horse gram is no longer very heating and has a more calming effect on the body. This dish when consumed 3-4 times a week is supportive in healing Type 2 Diabetes.
- Millet with sweet vegetables: When a person is suffering from Type 2 Diabetes, the primary grains recommended for consumption are brown rice and millets. Millets are directly nourishing to the pancreas and spleen which support in healing Type 2 Diabetes. The trick to healing Type 2 Diabetes is to give slow burning and naturally sweet foods so that the body re-adjusts its relationship with sugar and sweet foods and re-stabilises insulin production and energy distribution/release. In this recipe, we use naturally sweet vegetables such as onions, carrots, cabbage and pumpkin and dice these small. We take 1 part millet, ½ part each of these vegetables and 4 -5 times the amount of water and bring to a boil. Once boiled, lower the flame, add a pinch of sea salt and simmer cook covered for 18-20 minutes or until the grain is cooked. Serve with condiments, toasted seeds, chutney or lentils of choice. This dish should be consumed 2-3 times a week.
- The source of food is nature and the pace of nature is slow and steady. Hence if we use food for healing, it will not happen overnight but by repetition of healing dishes for up to 6-8 months. So if you consume a healing dish once a month, it won’t do much except for keep the digestion comfortable. For a healing impact, a dish needs to be repeated often for a stipulated period of time under guidance.
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