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ON TRACK: Peter Pratt is much healthier after changing his diet.
ON TRACK: Peter Pratt is much healthier after changing his diet. Contributed

GLASSHOUSE local Peter Pratt changed his life, and now he wants to help others do the same.

Seven years ago Mr Pratt was diagnosed with type two diabetes.

He kept on top of his condition with medicine, and he even changed his diet a little, but six years on he saw absolutely no improvement.

It was only when Mr Pratt watched the movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead that he decided to make a real change.

"The movie is about a man in Sydney who has a whole range of health issues so he decided to go to the US," Mr Pratt said.

"He starts off in New York and he goes on a diet of consuming veggies only in the form of juicing."

Mr Pratt works in the medical field and had the opportunity to talk with doctors on a regular basis. It was then he decided to go cold turkey on all processed sugars and processed foods.

For 30 days, all Mr Pratt consumed was vegetable juices.

"The first three days for me were very tough," Mr Pratt said.

"Day one wasn't too bad. Day two I didn't get out of bed, I had headaches, was feeling sick and crook.

"The interesting thing is by day four I got up in the morning and everything was perfect."

What Mr Pratt had experienced was a withdrawal from a sugar addiction.

He said on average Australians consume 23 teaspoons of sugar a day, far more than the 5-8 teaspoons we need a day.

After one month of juice fasting Mr Pratt lost 12kg. After beginning to eat, he lost 23kg in the next two months and his blood sugar is a healthy 5.8. He no longer needs to take his medication.

Now Mr Pratt has developed a three-month program based on medical research to help others."The most important thing to stress is that this is not a program that replaces the doctor," Mr Pratt said.

For more information or to express interest in the program, visit diabetichealthclinic.org.

 

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

People who have a diabetic condition learn what type two diabetes is and how it works.

Learn how drugs prescribed for type two diabetes work.

Gain an understanding of what excessive sugar causes in a diabetic.

Learn about sugar addiction.

Learn how most processed foods give a sugar hit .

Make a plan on how to kick the sugar in a 30-day period.

After the 30-day period be coached through a new way of eating.


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