Here’s what we recommend for your Diabetic diet:
Eat at the right time
The diabetic diet is, in many respects, all about timing. Sticking to a regular meal schedule will help you manage your blood sugar levels and ensure you avoid dips and spikes throughout the day. Schedule your meal times and stick to them.
Managing your weight
Whether you’ve been diagnosed with Diabetes Type 1, Type 2, or Gestational Diabetes, managing your weight is an important part of the diabetic diet. Your doctor may have set you a goal in terms of losing weight or provided you with a range within which you need to keep your weight. Your doctor and dietician will work with you to create an eating and exercise plan that will help you achieve your weight-related goals.
Overeating is easy to do when you think you need to fill up your plate. We recommend using a smaller plate, as this can help you to trick your mind into sticking to portion sizes. The recommended portion sizes for your meals are often smaller than you may realise. For example, most restaurant portion sizes are far larger than those recommended by nutrition and dietary experts. Sticking to the right portion sizes helps you manage and monitor your blood glucose levels.
Make wise carbohydrate choices
You don’t need to ditch your sweet tooth entirely, as part of the diabetic diet, but you do need to find good replacements for sugary foods. Moreover, you’ll need ensuring you’re consuming the right amount of the right kind of carbohydrates. Starchy food items and not sugary foodstuffs are an important element of the diabetic diet. Starchy foods are complex carbohydrates, as these don’t convert into glucose quickly. Moreover, avoiding the dips and spikes that can occur as a result of eating sugary foods is essential for your diabetic diet. You’ll find complex carbohydrates in whole-grain pasta, beans, fruits and vegetables. For every meal, break your meal into quarters and let only one quarter be made up of starchy foods, with half your meal made up of non-starchy vegetables. The remaining quarter can be allocated to protein.
What’s that fat?
Despite what you may think: not all fats are bad. In fact, some fats are an important part of your diabetic diet. Vegetable oils and nuts, for example, contain the ‘good’ type of important fat for your body’s development and energy levels. The ‘bad’ fats are often found in foods rich in sodium or salt. As a diabetic, minimising your intake of salt and sodium is important, so read each label carefully. And if you’re unsure about the salt or sodium content of a meal or food item, rather avoid it.
Love your heart.
Keeping your heart happy and following a diabetic diet is, in many respects, one in the same thing. Eating a well-balanced diet and minimising the amount of red meat you eat is important. Instead, replace your meat intake with oily fish items, like salmon or sardines.
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