Outlining a Diet for Diabetes
Diabetes is a condition that millions of people around the world live with on a daily basis. If you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, the shock can seem like the end of the world. With today’s advanced treatments, however, you can still live a long, healthy life.
You simply have to keep a closer watch on what you put into your body and how your body reacts. Let’s take a look at a few easy-to-follow guidelines you can seamlessly integrate into your life if you or someone you love has been diagnosed with diabetes.
The Good News
You can eat whole grain bread! If you are anything like me, the hardest part of doing that Atkins diet was giving up bread and starches. When you have diabetes, however, the introduction of additional starches into your diet helps slow down how your body absorbs glucose. This makes controlling said glucose that much easier. You can eat an extra serving of bread or cereals every day or you can begin to enjoy starchy vegetables more, as well.
A well-balanced diabetes diet also includes the introduction of an additional serving of vegetables as well. Now, most of us only manage to eat the bare minimum when it comes to veggies, but that is often because we aren’t being creative enough when it comes to preparing them. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you may want to consider going out and buying a cookbook devoted to the preparation of veggies. Remember, you can also add veggies to other dishes you eat such as stews, soups, casseroles, and other favorites.
The Bad News
Yup, you will have to limit your sugar intake. The good news, though, is that you don’t have to give up sugars altogether. Many people think that when they are diagnosed with diabetes, they have to say goodbye to sugars forever, but this isn’t true. You simply have to test your blood sugar to see if and when you can eat sugars.
Today’s testing kits are getting more and more accurate and painless, so checking your blood sugar early and often isn’t an issue any longer. Many insurance companies will even pay for your testing supplies completely. You’ll also want to limit your fat and empty calories, but that is good advice for anyone on any kind of diet.
Final Diet for Diabetes Tips
The Internet and your local bookstore will provide a wealth of information for anyone who needs to research a diabetes diet. There are support groups, websites, message boards, chat rooms, and thousands of other support systems for anyone who needs them.
I’d also recommend checking out The Diet Solution Program by Isabel De Los Rios. She is a nutritionist who used the principles she teaches in her program to both lose 30 pounds and help nearly cure her mother’s diabetes and high blood pressure.
To put it simply, it is easier today to have diabetes and live a full, rich life than it has been at any time in history.
If you have a sweet tooth (and, really, who doesn’t?), talk to your doctor or dietitian about enjoying sugar-alternative items that contain artificial sweeteners.
All it takes is a bit of self-discipline and you’ll enjoy a long, healthy life with diabetes.