Zo stabiliseer je je bloedsuikerspiegel

Change your diet, change your life!

, by TheLifestyleDocs Admin, 3 min reading time

You should not hear otherwise: excessive sitting is deadly. For body, mind and zest for life. For example, excessive sitting leads to an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and premature death. The World Health Organization calls too much sitting one of the major public health problems of the 21st century.


But what about wheelchair users? They can never escape sitting. In addition, they also have specific health risks such as poor wound healing, pain and fatigue, bladder-kidney and intestinal problems and depression. They also still live to a much shorter age than people without disabilities, and they suffer the consequences of aging earlier and more severely.

Healthy aging with a spinal cord injury is a higher art of living. In all perspectives. Both on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level.

In short: being vital, and aging happily and healthy, is definitely not something we take for granted. It is higher art of living. In all perspectives. Both on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. Yet not a single (rehabilitation) doctor in the past 40 years has ever been able to give me an answer to the question: “How do I stay healthy and slim as a woman in a wheelchair? And how can I age gracefully?”

I always ended up empty-handed, not getting even the slightest information of any use. This is how my book and brand The Sitting Chef came to be, and why I developed The Sit Smart Diet. With the right nutrition you can achieve so much, I am living proof of that. I've been in a wheelchair since I was 11 (that's almost 40 years now) and I'm still super fit, slim and healthy and on no medication at all.



I also give this to other wheelchair users. It's so sad to see how tired, down and demotivated people with spinal cord injury are after a relatively short time and how bad they look. It's really shocking to see how over-medicalized they tend to be. It also hurts to realize that most of us believe that we have no power over our weight and our health. Because, they certainly have.

But … not with the Wheel of Five. This is in fact intended as a general prevention model for healthy people. It is not “disease-specific” and therefore not suitable for the treatment of chronic conditions and the unique needs of wheelchair users. A wheelchair existence really requires a fundamentally different diet.

Spinal cord injury and nutrition

The Sit Smart Diet is the first nutritional method that has been specially developed for wheelchair users. It is predominantly unprocessed and plant-based food method. This has a very beneficial effect on metabolism and blood fats, and has been proven to lead to more than twice as much weight loss as a traditional diabetes diet.


Following general dietary guidelines leads to deficiencies in people with spinal cord injury, research shows.

Does such a way of eating lead to 'deficiencies', as the Dutch Association of Dieticians always likes to claim right away? No, it's exactly the other way around: it is precisely following the general dietary guidelines that leads to deficiencies in people with spinal cord injury, research has shown.

Also, the largest dietitian organization in the world (the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics), said in an official statement in 2016: “Plant-based diets are healthy and provide sufficient nutrients […] People who eat plant-based have a reduced risk of certain health problems such as heart disease, diabetes type 2, high blood pressure, certain cancers and obesity”.

These are precisely the biggest health risks of a wheelchair existence…



I would therefore like to say to everyone who is tired of fighting complaints and ailments: take your health into your own hands. Don't settle for an illness, a pill or a syringe every year. Prevent or reverse the complications of your disability.

The most important step on the road to improving your health is to change your diet. So the key is in your own hands. Or rather: on your plate!

Do you also want to work with your health? Order The Sit Smart Diet here quickly!

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