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The Best Diet for Controlling Your Blood Sugar: Chiropractic Care, Diabetes and Your Blood Sugar

by Dr. Valerie Girard, Santa Barbara Chiropractor

Why control your blood sugar intake? How does it affect your health?

Dr, Girard has over 30 years of chiropractic care, nutritional counseling and helping patients with their blood sugar issues. You can have blood sugar issues and not know it.  The result is that heightened glucose levels slowly wear down the ability of cells in your pancreas to make insulin. The organ then overcompensates and insulin levels rise too high. In time, the pancreas is permanently damaged. Also, heightened blood sugar can cause a hardening of the blood vessels.

How Chiropractors can Help with Blood Sugar Issues:

Aligning the spine positively affects your central nervous system, promoting it to work at its most optimum. There is a connection between your central nervous system and your blood sugar levels, so chiropractic care can balance these levels along with Dr. Girard's recommendation for a special diet and nutritional protocols that will balance your blood sugar.

Clinical Research Proves that the Connection between Chiropractic and Diabetes can be Beneficial. 1

What Foods Help Lower Blood Sugar?


This diet is used to help re-establish the sugar control mechanism in your body.  Please follow it very carefully for the time allotted by Dr. Girard.  As your condition improves, various foods will be added.  The objective is to return you to a normal, well balanced diet that is easy for you to follow. If you do not follow this diet exactly for two weeks, you will have to repeat it.


The Glycemic Index In a Nutshell:


The GI ranks carbs  on a scale from 0 to 100 in relation to the extent they raise blood sugar/glucose levels after you eat. The higher the GI level, the more quickly the foods are digested absorbed and show marked fluctuations in the glucose levels. You can see how foods rank in the GI here.

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PROTEINS                                             Amount

Chicken, Not breaded,                     unlimited

Fish, Not breaded,                            unlimited

Eggs                                                    unlimited/avoid

Cheese:                                               sheep or goat/avoid

Beef, lamb, venison                          moderate/avoid

Pork                                                     avoid


Key Veggies to Eat: All leafy greens, cucumbers, celery, peppers,

avocados, sprouts, green beans, summer squashes, peas, chard,

artichokes, mushrooms         


MAYBES: Carrots, winter squashes  corn, beets, turnips                  


AVOID: (TOO STARCHY):  potatoes, yams, sweet potatoes, jicama                          


AVOID IF HAVE SLUGGISH THYROID:  cauliflower, broccoli, cabbages               

The sugar balancing diet will leave you feeling better with more energy.

FRUITS (Aim for those that are low on the glycemic index)

All fresh fruits that are low on the glycemic index are allowed in moderate quantities. Unsweetened juices, preferably fresh-squeezed and diluted 1:1


AVOID dried fruits unless reconstituted: prunes, cooked raisins allowed in oatmeal etc.


 You may have  brown or basmati unlimited, (roasted in a hot skillet 1st, then cook w/water)

Cereal: Puffed brown rice, oatmeal, oat bran, corn-rice etc. Gluten Free Breads, Also rice and oat bran flour baked goods, millet, quinoa, oats, corn tortillas, corn meal, flourless 7 grain tortillas. 

AVOID wheat bread, pasta, black, pinto or refried beans, barley, rice cakes, flour tortillas, potato flour




You can have Raw cashews, brazil nuts, sunflower, pumpkin and almond seeds


AVOID Walnuts, peanuts, pecans


You can have butter, oil, mustard, sugarless mayonnaise, stevia, sugarless jam, wheat free sugarless baked goods, almond or cashew butter, sugarless condiments, olive oil, coconut oil, tamari, Braggs (wheat free soy like sauce), seasonings, stevia.

AVOID honey, white/brown/raw sugar, molasses, saccharin, catsup, maple syrup, margarine, jams




YES to Herbal Teas, milk if no allergies, mineral waters, plain soy, rice or almond milk.




Most Decafs have some caffeine.


It is important to eat every 3 hours, even if it is a light snack

Enjoy delicious blood sugar balancing recipes: Healthy with Style Food Blog


footnote 1: 

In November 2011, a case study published in the edition of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, & Family Health documents the case of a four year old diagnosed with Type I Diabetes at the age of two. The mother’s child describes her as being a very healthy and not vaccinated. The child also breastfed for 12 months, had a whole food based diet, and avoided processed foods and other environmental toxins.

The four year old was able to receive treatment through chiropractic care and had terrific results in stabilization of her blood sugar! She was seen by the Chiropractor a total of 24 times within a two month period. During this time, her hemoglobin A1C decreased from 7.2% down to 6.5% and her amount of insulin used per day went from 15 units to 11 units. The reason these results are so profound is because all other case studies have found zero results in being able to lower A1C levels under 7%. Thus, proving chiropractic care works by optimizing the neutral connections throughout the body, resulting in better cellular communication.- taken from Chiropractic Care Today at

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