“Hello George, My son is 12 years old and weighs over 200 pounds. I am extremely worried about him and his health.
I have taken him to see a doctor because of concern over his blood pressure which averages around 150/85. I realize this is way too high, especially for a child, and have been trying to be an inspiration to him by setting an example by going on The Hallelujah Diet.
But I am finding it difficult to help my son because my husband is setting a very bad example by consuming a diet that is high in animal fat and sugar, and my husband is extremely overweight and never exercises.
My son eats well when he and I are together but reverts to bad food choices when he is with his father.
I have started him on an exercise program with a personal trainer and his blood pressure comes down with exercise but this trainer wants to put him on a low glycemic diet.
The trainer wants me to take him off the raw vegetable juice of carrot/kale/celery/cucumber juice I have been giving him each morning because it contains carrot juice which he says is high on the glycemic scale.
My husband agrees with the trainer, but I am convinced that the juice is doing much more good than bad.
I realize that if my son does not lose a lot of weight he is going to develop some extremely serious health issues. What can I do to help my son? Please advise.”
Editor Responds – My heart goes out to you and all the women who are trying to improve their own health, the health of their children, or even their husband’s health when the husband refuses to cooperate. And then there are the times when the husband is the one trying to lead the family to better health and the wife will not cooperate.
This situation can be most frustrating and there is no easy answer.
First, I would suggest prayer.
Second, I would suggest you set the example by eating a plant based diet and exercising daily.
Third, I would try and get your husband to read some information alerting him on the potential to the serious physical consequences that await your son if his obese condition is not dealt with and soon. Fortunately you have a son who appears to want to help his own obese condition because he is willing to drink the juices you have been providing him and he is willing to exercise.
Now regarding the removal of carrot juice from his diet because of a high glycemic index…
Some years ago, our own Dr. Michael Donaldson did some research on the glycemic index of carrot juice and observed some very interesting findings:
- To one group of people he gave a 50-gram carbohydrate serving of homemade whole wheat bread.
- To another group he gave a 14.5 ounce glass of carrot juice.
- To the third group he gave a 14.5-ounce glass of carrot juice with 30 grams of Udo’s oil.
The group consuming the bread experienced a higher glycemic response than the group consuming carrot juice.
The group consuming carrot juice with Udo’s oil experienced less of a glycemic response than either of the other groups.
But there was something else interesting about the results. The whole wheat bread group experienced not only a greater increase in blood glucose, but sustained that increase for a longer period of time.
The juice you are providing your son comprised of carrot/kale/celery/cucumber is a much lower glycemic juice than pure carrot juice and significantly lower than that of bread.
The juice also provides him with a wealth of benefits – it will aid his weight loss and give his body the nutrients it so desperately needs to help restore his body to health and prevent further deterioration.
Vegetable juice drinks without carrot can be quite bitter; many find them objectionable. Adding carrot (which is only 16% sugar by the way) makes the juice very palatable — and carrots are loaded with nutrients.
A good balance in juicing would be to make 50% of your juice veggies other than carrot and the remaining 50% carrot juice. You and your son (yes your husband especially) are in my prayers.
EDITOR’S NOTE – You can access our complete blood glucose study here. It is also very important to realize that this study used 14.5 ounces of juice while the recommended serving size is only 8 ounces on The Hallelujah Diet!