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What is diabetes?

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, 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.

 Are there different types of diabetes?

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 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.

Why does FitChef food make all the difference?

  • Firstly, ingredient choice is critical, and we’re obsessed with real food ingredients! Look at our ingredient labels, we’re immensely proud of this achievement. 
  • Secondly, our food doesn’t have fake, refined, and chemical additives; we stick to our #EatClean ethos. 
  • Thirdly, if you had good food, you would eat it! We’re making healthy food more convenient than junk by supplying packages and Recurring Orders.
Our “Best Results” package is our most popular option and provides everything needed for your journey including 3 meals & 2 smoothies/day/6-days/week. However, we have many other variations available.
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(Before and after body measurements, weight, and blood test). See the INFO detail in kits.

PACKAGE VARIATIONS FOR LIFESTYLE AND BUDGET:

  • BEST RESULTS: Everything you need! 3 meals + 2 smoothie/day/6-days/week. This is the most popular package, so if you aren’t sure where to start then this is a great choice!
  • BUDGET: Same great FitChef products minus Breakfast. 2 meals + 1 smoothie/day/6-days/week, a great choice if you have a healthy breakfast routine or prefer to skip a meal.
Delivery
We deliver to work or home in most major cities around South Africa or choose to collect from our Johannesburg or Cape Town offices. Allow 2 - 4 working days after order is completed or 4 - 8 working days for outlying areas.

Split Orders
If you don't have enough freezer space (we suggest 1 shelf/week) then we do offer split delivery on larger kits/packages in Gauteng and Cape Town and surrounds. Receive half your order to get started, and the second half on the next convenient date. Alternatively, you can choose your own meals and place an Own Selection order to suit your budget and/or space availability.

Kit Changes
If you have special or personalised requirements (no pasta/ gluten, no beef, no dairy etc), you can ask for changes to be made to your kit by using the delivery notes found on checkout and we will endeavour to make the necessary meal exchanges. Please note that the exchanges will be of similar nutritional and monetary values.
 
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