When eaten and digested, carbohydrates [e.g. starches (oats, wholegrain pasta, wholewheat bread, brown rice), fruit, starchy vegetables (potatoes, baby potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn), and sugar (table sugar, honey, syrup, sugary treats and drinks) are broken down into a simpler molecule called glucose. Glucose moves into the blood and from there is carried into the body cells with the help of insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas. After entering the cells, the glucose is used to make energy.
Diabetes occurs when levels of glucose (a type of sugar) are high in the blood. This is caused by abnormalities in the way the body uses glucose. When you have diabetes the body either does not make enough insulin or isn’t able to use the insulin it does make properly. Because of this, glucose cannot move into the cells to be used as energy which is why blood glucose levels may be high in diabetics. Diabetes can affect anyone at any age, is not caused by eating a specific food, and both overweight and underweight people can get diabetes. Diabetes is serious if left untreated as high levels of glucose in the blood can damage blood vessels, nerves, kidneys, and eyes. Diabetes cannot be cured but it can be controlled with the right lifestyle changes. A healthy and balanced diet is one of the most impactful lifestyles changes you can make.
Type 1 diabetes is caused by genetic and environmental factors, occurring in about 5–10% of people with diabetes. With this type of diabetes, the pancreas is attacked by the body’s own immune system and cannot produce enough (or sometimes any) insulin. Type 1 diabetes may use insulin injections to manage their diabetes.
Most people, however, have type 2 diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas makes insulin but through many years of poor lifestyle choices, the body cells become resistant to the glucose-lowering action of insulin. The pancreas initially responds by producing more insulin and, as long as it does so, blood glucose levels are normal. However, as the resistance gets worse over time the pancreas gets exhausted and the amount of insulin produced decreases progressively. Ultimately, a condition of total insulin insufficiency can develop, resulting in a high fasting blood glucose. This insulin resistance may be caused by excess belly fat (which releases substances that makes the cells resistant), being inactive, stress, genetic factors, and a poor diet.
Kelsey Scott reviewed FitChef Food - Eating Concepts – 5 star
I've just finished the 21 day challenge, and now I'm doing the [email protected] (money is a bit tight) however the food was amazing and satisfying, saved me so much time and I knew I would always have something healthy on hand.
Véronique Mitchell reviewed FitChef Food - Eating Concepts – 5 star
I absolutely LOVE Fit Chef because not only does it mean no dishes, quick warming up, more time to spend on the V Pack and writing up meal and training programs - but the meals are ever so tasty and healthy at the same time! What could be better?
Tersia Beukes reviewed FitChef Food - Eating Concepts – 5 star
Daar is soveel gesonde kos wat mens nou te koop kan kry wat ook lekker is, die corn produkte het regtig heerlike produkte wat julle kan probeer net om julle eers af te kry van wat julle nou eet. Later pla vleis nie eers meer nie. Ek is mal oor my bord lekker groete.
Andre Spangenberg reviewed FitChef Food - Eating Concepts – 5 star
I lost 20kgs in 6 months. The staff is always helpful and friendly and the company itself inspired me to be the better me. The food is great and I actually save so much money a month by eating fitchef that it works out much cheaper. Keep up the great service and food. Happy customer for life. Andre
Good Quality and good portions
Tracy Lee Jaacks reviewed FitChef Food - Eating Concepts – 5 star
I've never had Quinoa before and tried the chicken, roast veggies and Quinoa, what a tasty wholesome meal. Can't wait to try them all out. Thank you!
Charne Potgieter reviewed FitChef Food - Eating Concepts – 5 star
One of the best things I have ever done was find FitChef. So easy to make and tasty. I really want to say thank you to the lady from the Cape Town branch. You are always so friendly and helpful!!
Karin Kaamilah Hendricks Johnson reviewed FitChef Food - Eating Concepts – 5 star
Every meal taste different and certainly not bland at all. We are loving the whole Eating Clean concept. The smoothies and shots are excellent too. And of course there is a convenience factor in the case that everyone in the house works different times.
Sandy Anne Yates Burnard reviewed FitChef Food - Eating Concepts – 5 star
It’s been 10 days of being on FitChef! It’s amazing and I feel amazing in such a short space of time. Thank you FitChef! Your food makes me happy and healthy.
Abigail Crouse reviewed FitChef Food - Eating Concepts – 5 star
Best service I've received in a very long time! There was a mix up with my delivery and it was only delivered 2weeks after it was shipped. FitChef re-sent full order today with no issues at all. I can't wait to dig into the meals! Based only on this brilliant service I will def order again. Thank you!!!
Elsie Dippenaar reviewed FitChef Food - Eating Concepts – 5 star
I see a lot of people complaining about prices, but I find it to be way more economical than the grocery shopping I did before. We pay less in a month for food AND we don't waste. I'm also seeing good results on the scale and in my clothing. Thanks guys - keep up the good work!
Christelle Klynkie Du Plessis reviewed FitChef Food - Eating Concepts – 5 star
Not only healthy but SO EXTREMELY tasteful!!! Being a bikini competitor, I know how bland and tasteless healthy food can get but FitChef, they avoid this at all times and truly do succeed.
Belinda Francis reviewed FitChef Food - Eating Concepts – 5 star
It's not only delicious but healthy. My lifestyle has changed so has my eating habits the meals are filling and packed with wholesome goodness this is a winner for a family that is trying to change their lifestyle for either health reasons or just wanting to live a healthy life.
Melissa Schäfers reviewed FitChef Food - Eating Concepts – 5 star
On Monday I ordered FitChef for the first time and today I received my order as promised. I am super impressed with the service I received, sms's to keep me updated as well as the way the food was packaged and delivered. The best of course is the delicious, healthy food! Thank you so much. Five stars for sure.
Marcelle Muller reviewed FitChef Food - Eating Concepts – 5 star
FitChef has made my life so much easier and tastier! Thanks to their perfectly prepared, healthy meals I don't have to stress about cooking after working all day, and knowing that these meals are healthy is good for the soul. Don't think I'll ever cook again
Angelique Coetzee reviewed FitChef Food - Eating Concepts – 5 star
I am so impressed with FitChef. I am a vegetarian and love the vegetarian meals that I ordered ! Its always hard to find tasty , healthy vegetarian meals and I received that from FitChef. Will order again and again! Well done!
Jonathan Mazoue reviewed FitChef Food - Eating Concepts – 5 star
My wife and I signed up for the 21 day couples package. All I can say is that FitChef is not a typical healthy pre-prepped meal, the meals are incredibly tasty. My wife is a very fussy eater and even she can’t stop talking about it. Very glad I decided to signup.
Thank you for your sterling service. I started with FitChef in February of this year. I've have always been overweight but this year you have helped me lose and keep off 25kg and counting! I intend to lose the same amount again and am actually able to manage a workout schedule and have joined a gym to continue my journey. I will continue to be a loyal customer, thanks again.
Tracy Ann Fairless reviewed FitChef Food - Eating Concepts – 5 star
Attended the Extreme Cooking Course, and it was an amazing experience. Learnt so much in a couple of hours, had lots of fun and now have a freezer full of healthy meals, all prepared by me! Thank you. Thank you!
Liezle Redford reviewed FitChef Food - Eating Concepts – 5 star
Day 1 of the 21 day couples challenge. Amazed at the food that was delivered! Looks so good! Then got to eat it - WOW! How does frozen food taste so fresh and great! I can see this becoming a long term relationship. highly recommend - don't uhm and ah about it - just do it.
Michéle Coetzer reviewed FitChef Food - Eating Concepts – 5 star
I am beyond amazed by FitChef! From their amazing Customer service to the full flavor of the food!! I absolutely love it!!!
Craig Colin Roy McLeod reviewed FitChef Food - Eating Concepts – 5 star
Amazing food, you do need a full empty freezer. Quality and taste of the meals is amazing. Eating healthy does not taste like sadness and war crimes for a change. It has basically removed all excuses to not eat healthy. Totally sold on this as a way of life that saves me time and money and gets rid of my excuses.
Sharlene Bronkhorst reviewed FitChef Food - Eating Concepts – 5 star
Excellent - however I favor the beetroot brownies top notch who would have thought that beetroot in a brownie could taste so good.
Frans-Hendrik Joubert reviewed FitChef Food - Eating Concepts – 5 star
I ordered the 21 Day Best Value Package. The quality of the meals are great and the portion sizes are very reasonable. Love the smoothies!
Chloë Jäger reviewed FitChef Food - Eating Concepts – 5 star
Great value for money and delicious food and beverages! I love the ginger, lemon, pineapple refresher and my favourite meal (so far) is the beef pesto bun-less burger. Apart from the food being so tasty, it's soooo convenient which is great for a lazy cook like myself :)
Josh Vt reviewed FitChef Food - Eating Concepts – 5 star
Miles ahead of their competitors!I'm a big guy and find their portions just right, tasty and convenient. It's great to eat healthy non processed food at what really are good prices. Very happy to continue with their excellent service
Quinton Ashworth reviewed FitChef Food - Eating Concepts – 5 star
Really impressed with the food and amazing service. Such variety and great that there are 2snack smoothie a day. It is very convenient for busy schedule. 21 Day Kit Best Value for couples. Tania was so efficient setting up my recurring order for me.
Cheryl Ewing reviewed FitChef Food - Eating Concepts – 5 star
Great service, great quality and great food. And being a Type 1 diabetic, I know good wholesome food when I eat it. Well done FitChef, super chuffed right now.
Dirk Conrad Coetsee reviewed FitChef Food - Eating Concepts – 5 star
Such amazing food. So tasty and so healthy all at once. Good portion sizes and notably they don't skimp on protein. I especially appreciate the use of "real" ingredients. No sneaky stuff in there.
Leah Singh Govender reviewed FitChef Food - Eating Concepts – 5 star
Amazing tasty healthy food. So simple and easy on the go with convenient pouches for those yummy smoothies. Vegetarian meals were absolutely tasty. I would recommend healthy eating to all especially with FitChef.
Kirsten Pieters reviewed FitChef Food - Eating Concepts – 5 star
Best ever!! I love FitChef juices and smoothies it gives me soo much energy I need for the day. I feel like a whole new person. I can't wait to try out the food range! Thank you FitChef
Ilonka Laurens reviewed FitChef Food - Eating Concepts – 5 star
Thank you once again for going out of your way to accommodate me with deliveries. I love the new meals by the way.