A healthy diet is an important component in living a healthy long life. When it comes to diabetes, this becomes even more important. By selecting foods that are healthy for you and lower in fats and sugars, your will feel better and be able to accomplish that much more. For some Type 2 diabetics, a healthy diet combined with regular daily exercise can actually help manage their condition without the need for medication.
As you may have heard before, it is important to eat three square meals per day: The reason for this is that regular eating intervals help your body to control glucose levels and in turn helps you to control your diabetes. It will also help you to curb some snacking habits which may have developed. However, snacks like carrots, snap peas, yogurt or almonds are a great alternative if you need a little something to tide you over.
Limit foods high in fat and sugars, instead stick to vegetables, whole-grain bread or pasta, fish, chicken, lean meats, beans, andlentils. Also be sure to drink plenty of water and avoid sugary drinks like pop or soda, coffee, and fruit juices as these beverages can contain high amounts of sugars. Be sure to consult your medical provider before changing your diet significantly, as they can give you added insight into what will work best for you!
Committing to making healthy diet choices is no easy task, however, you will be glad you did. When in the grocery store looking at an item to buy, always be sure to ask yourself ‘is this going to fuel me, or harm me? By asking yourself this simple question you can limit the number of foods in your home that are unhealthy choices. Your body will be thankful you did!
Ensure you follow a diet plan that you have discussed with your doctor or dietician in order to get the most out of the things you eat! By using a standard dinner plate and filling it with servings that are half vegetables such as Carrots, Spinach or Cauliflower, a quarter starches such as Whole grain pasta’s and rice and one-quarter Protein such as Chicken, Beef, Soy or Nuts. Have a glass of Water or Milk and have a small bowl of fruits on the side. By following this format, you can ensure that you are having a well-balanced and healthy meal.