The Carbohydrate Intolerance Test
More than half of us are unable to process carbohydrates efficiently. This dietary problem affects different people in different ways. What is most important for each of us to assess is the extent of our intolerance to carbohydrates while we are in a healthy state. Blood tests can only diagnose the problem of insulin resistance years later when the condition has become chronic.
In an average person, 40 percent of the carbohydrates consumed are converted into fat, but in carbohydrate intolerant individuals the percentage may be much higher. These individuals are also more likely to have a family history of diabetes.
Strangely enough, it may be quite normal for humans to be unable to consume large quantities of carbohydrates. Just think of the paleolithic diet of meat, berries, and vegetables. Excessive refined carbohydrate manufacturing and marketing has outstripped our genetic and physiological evolution and adaptation. Thus we are consuming a diet we were not meant to eat.
Below are listed the ten most common complaints of carbohydrate intolerant individuals:
General Fatigue: Blood sugar ups and downs, leading to feelings of tiredness all the time.
Brain Fatigue: Inability to concentrate, loss of creativity, poor memory, and poor grades/ learning disabilities.
Low Blood Sugar: Feeling jittery, agitated, moody, and dizzy with relief of symptoms after eating. Also craving for sweets, caffeine, or chocolate.
Intestinal Bloating: Most intestinal gas is produced from excessive carbohydrate consumption.
Sleepiness: Feeling sleepy immediately after meals containing more than 30 percent carbohydrate.
Weight Gain: Especially in the abdomen for men and buttocks for women. This is pronounced even when you cut back in calories.
Increased Triglycerides: Overweight individuals often have a high count, others have a high count as a result of dietary carbohydrates being converted by insulin.
High Blood Pressure: Individuals with hypertension often have too much insulin, and insulin elevates blood pressure.
Depression: Carbohydrates are natural substances that depress the brain by changing its chemistry.
Addiction: Carbohydrate intolerance is prevalent in individuals addicted to alcohol, caffeine, and cigarettes.
To determine your sensitivity to carbohydrates, conduct a two-week dietary test and journal your results. During this period your insulin levels will remain low. You are seeking two pieces of vital information: to determine if you are carbohydrate intolerant and, if so, to find your individual optimal level of carbohydrate consumption to maximize your health.
Eat the following foods, don't go hungry, eat until you are full at each meal.
bread, rolls, pasta, pancakes, cereal, muffins, anything with flower
sweets, including ketchup and honey
fruits and fruit juices
potatoes, corn, rice, beans
eggs, cheese, cream
any meat, beware of cold cuts as they may contain sugar in the curing process
tomato and vegetable juices
use colorful vegetables except carrots