The Diabetes DietIf you have Diabetes, you don’t need a “Special” diet. You simply need to follow the same healthy eating plan that is recommended for everyone. The following information can help you plan delicious and nutritious meals to keep you healthy.
Eat small meals and snacks throughout the dayConsuming regular meals and snacks; so that your food intake is spread throughout the day will help control your blood sugars. It is important to start each day with a healthy breakfast and do not skip meals. If you are on tablets or insulin, regular meals and snacks can help you to avoid symptoms of low blood sugar.
Reduce your sugar intake by choosing low sugar foods and drinksIt is not necessary to avoid sugar completely. Aim to eat less foods and drinks that contain a lot of sugar such as candy bars, ice cream, cookies and sweet sodas and fruit juices. These foods can make your sugar go up to quickly, especially if eaten in large quantities. Try to choose low sugar foods and sugar free or diet drinks when possible.
Eliminate fast foods & junk foodsFast foods and junk foods are full of fat and calories and usually offer little or no nutritional value. A simple change in habits can help you eliminate these foods from your diet. If you are in the habit of driving through a fast food restaurant pick up window to grab a quick burger & fries, start taking your lunch to work or school. For snacks, avoid vending machines which usually only offer foods high in fat and calories. Instead, have sliced carrots, an apple or low fat yogurt. Unfortunately, convenience often times means sacrificing nutrition.
Include a helping of starchy food at each mealStarchy foods are breads, cereals, rice, potatoes and pasta. Try to base your meals around these foods, as they will help to keep your blood sugar levels steady. Include high fiber varieties where possible.
Eat more fruits and vegetablesFruit and vegetables will help increase the fiber content of your diet. They are an important part of a healthy diet because of their vitamin and mineral content.
They are also important for regular bowel function. At least five servings of fruits and vegetables are recommended each day. For a snack or dessert, start having a piece of fruit. Enjoy all varieties of vegetables, salads and fruits. They can be fresh, frozen or tinned in natural juice. Unsweetened fruit juice should be kept to one small glass per day before or with a meal.