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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Here you will find answers to some of the most asked questions. Simply click on the question to show the answer below it. If you cannot find an answer below, head over to our contact page to send us a message.

GENERAL

How soon will it take to see results?

Most folks that strictly follow the meal plan see significant changes in their weight and blood sugar levels within the first month. However, this varies greatly from person to person. This is why the first month is free, so you can “kick the tires” and see how it works for you. If the meal plan & lifestyle advice agrees with you, keep going! Behavioral science studies show that it can take 3-6 months for lifestyle changes to “stick” and become natural habits.

When will my diabetes be completely reversed?

This is a common question and unfortunately it does not come with a common answer. Since everyone’s medical case varies so greatly, it is impossible to see the future and predict that exact moment when your condition will revert to prediabetes or a normal state. In extreme cases, type 2 diabetes has been reversed in as little as 3 weeks, but this is for a very aggressive food and exercise change. This meal plan and lifestyle program will help you work with your physician to make the quickest results within a reasonable time period. Give it a try for month for free and see if it produces results. It is amazing how well the body can heal itself when toxins are eliminated from the diet and healing foods are consumed in their place.

Do I need to buy a lot of different kitchen tools to follow this meal plan?

Of course not! The recipes try to offer a secondary tool to accommodate most kitchens. As you spend more time in the kitchen you may want to consider buying some tools that will speed up your time in the kitchen. Visit the Kitchen Essentials page to see the basic tools recommended.

Does Five Hour Diabetic ship or sell food?

Nope. We are not like Plated, nor Blue Apron. We provide meal plans, grocery lists and recipes. We require you to do the shopping and cooking.

Can I follow this meal plan on my own, without a doctor?

If you are suffering from prediabetes or type 2, you should be under the care of a certified and experienced doctor. The meal plan and lifestyle articles on this site are designed to be a compliment to the work of a physician, not a replacement for a medical professional. Please do not stop taking any of your medications without the prior consent of your physician. As your conditions improve, a doctor or other medical professional will cut your medications as they see fit. If you need to find a doctor, please refer to the Find A Doctor section for guidance.

Can I access meal plans from earlier weeks?

It is possible to pull up recipes from earlier weeks, just pull up the meal plans pdf and click-through those links. Every year, we archive the earlier years meal plans, so copy or print out any recipes you really love.

I have Type 1 Diabetes. Can I follow this meal plan?

Yes, a Type 1 Diabetic can follow this meal plan. These low-carb meals do work well for those suffering from Juvenile Diabetes. This meal plan and others will not cure, nor reverse, this disease. It will, however, help develop good grocery shopping, cooking and regular eating habits.

How long should I be on this meal plan?

You are free to continue with this service as long as you wish. It is our hope that you learn a lot of cooking techniques and recipes during the first year. If you feel confident enough to cook on your own, please do so. And if this site has positively affected your life and health, we ask that you refer us to any others you might know that need some honest guidance. A referral is the highest compliment you can pay us.

My child has Prediabetes. Can I use this meal plan for him or her?

The recipes and meal plans used here are safe for all ages, young or old. It is best to work with an experienced physician to determine your child’s daily caloric needs and adjust this plan accordingly. Moderate daily exercise for your child will amplify the results from this meal plan.

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FOOD RELATED

Will I spend more money on groceries eating by this meal plan?

If you are consuming a processed diet, you can expect to pay more for whole food groceries. The short-term increase in your grocery budget will be offset by the avoidance of long-term health complications that arise from eating processed (read: inflammatory) foods. Paying the farmer now, instead of the hospital later will always be cheaper in the end.

Do I have to buy everything organic?

Nope, not at all. The weekly grocery lists identifies items that are the worst offenders and should be bought organic, if financially possible. Eating whole foods, that are conventionally raised, is still much better than processed foods. Your money will be best spent by buying good sources of protein first, then produce later. In the most ideal situation, you should try to buy everything organic to avoid toxic fertilizers and other hormone disrupting agents.

How do you calculate your daily carbohydrates?

Our daily estimates are based on total carbs, not net carbs. This was calculated in this manner to err on the lower side of the daily intake. We suggest a daily intake of 45 grams of carbs for a 1,500 calorie diet and 60 grams of carbs for a 2,000 calorie diet.

What if I'm a vegetarian? Does this meal plan offer options for me?

This meal plan aims to provide for the general population, which happen to be predominantly meat eaters. It would be a challenge to follow these recipes while trying to substitute out the meat products. Dr Joel Fuhrman offers an excellent vegetarian regimen for those who suffer from diabetes. Also, there are several amazing cookbooks listed in the Resources section that are vegan or vegetarian.

Is this meal plan keto or ketogenic?

This is a low-carb, high-fat meal (LCHF) plan. We aim for approximately 50 grams of carbohydrates per day. Keto is much lower and harder to do. Typically keto diets aim for about 20 grams of carbs per day. For some folks, keto is the one diet that works for them. We find that most of our members have success with an LCHF plan that minimizes dairy usage. A key difference between other LCHF recipes you will find online.

Do you want a keto meal plan like this LCHF plan? If so, let us know. We have considered making an additional ultra-low keto meal plan before.

How do you calculate calorie and carbohydrate amounts?

We use several tools to generate the nutrition information you see at the bottom of the recipes. Our first guide, if it exists, is the label on the package. When you pick up a package of chicken or mustard it lists the numbers of interest. If no label exists, like for avocados, we use the website CalorieKing.com. They are one of the leaders in nutrition info.

I just watched the documentary Simply Raw. Do I have to eat completely raw to reverse my diabetes?

No, you can eat a mix of cooked foods and some raw food to make progress on your health. This excellent documentary unfortunately does not make the distinction between health and unhealthy meat. Since most meat found in the US is unhealthy, they eliminated all of it. Here at Five Hour Diabetic we educate with each recipe what to look for when shopping to buy healthy meat. While raw foods may technically have more nutrients than cooked foods, the time-old process of adding heat to our food makes it easier to digest. Those suffering from metabolic syndrome may have inflammation in their digestive tract and need easier to digest foods.

Do I have to buy food and other products online?

Not if you don’t want to. However, the weekly grocery lists will show items that are cheaper to get on Amazon compared to buying in a regional grocery store. A handful of items are easiest to find on Amazon. Numerous household non-perishable items can be bought online which will save you time and money, so give it some consideration. If your mobility is impaired or if you have young children, shopping online will cut the time spent navigating a grocery store.

What grocery stores do I need to shop at?

This meal plan is designed to use ingredients sold at most stores. Your regional grocery store chain should have most, if not all, of the ingredients on the grocery list. We feel that Trader Joe’s offers some exceptional values, if you’re fortunate enough to live close to one of these stores. Surprisingly, Amazon carries a large amount of non-perishable foods, as well. Please consider using Amazon since it has the advantage of saving you both time and money. Amazon also has a wide choice of harder to find food products.

I have food allergies. Can I follow this plan?

You are in luck since this meal plan offers a whole food nutrition model that actively avoids the most common allergens. The recipes avoid gluten, corn, soy, egg, dairy and shellfish. For those ingredients on the grocery list that are allergy prone, we offer a substitution for it in the notes column. We do our best to accommodate most nutritional needs.

What if I do not like a particular recipe you have listed on the meal plan?

This is to be expected. It is a tantamount challenge to make one meal plan to suite an infinite amount of palettes. You are free to change the meal with something comparable in calories & carbohydrates. Reference the recipes listed in the Recipes section or from earlier weeks meal plans.

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ACCOUNT

How do I cancel my account?

It’s easy to cancel. Simply click on the My Account page. Then click on the cancel link.

How does the free trial work?

Try us for 30 days absolutely free! The introductory offer lets you explore the meal plan and articles without making any commitment on your end. You may cancel within the 30 day trial with a no questions asked policy. If you enjoy our services here at Five Hour Diabetic, do nothing and your membership will automatically continue for as long as you chose to be a member. You can easily cancel at any time online. There are no contracts or hidden cancellation fees. Just sign up and get started!

How do I reset my password?

Simply head to the Reset Password page. You should see a place to enter a new password. If something is not working, just drop us an email or find us on the Contact page. We can reset your password on the back end.

What if I cannot afford this service?

We understand that some live on a fixed income or money is just tight. The value of our service is that it will save several hours every month from having to do a meal plan yourself. Please check the Resources section for many books, websites and video to help you on your path to health. Most libraries will stock most of the books listed here.

How many people is the meal plan designed for?

Our meal plan is specific with calories, so the meal plan is set for one person or a male/female couple. If you would like to cook one meal for several folks, you will need to manually add the amounts together to fit your needs. You will notice a 1,500 and 2,000 calorie version for the grocery list and recipes. Most women’s nutritional needs fall around 1,500, while most men’s needs are closer to 2,000. When you sign up for our service you get all three versions of the meal plan – 1,500, 2,000 and 3,500 calories.

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