Diabetic Diet: Healthy Equals Happy
Ellisha Rader Mannering
Living with diabetes can be difficult and some people who are suffering from the illness find it difficult to lose or maintain a healthy weight. While there are many diets that claim to be perfect for people with diabetes, they tend to leave you hungry or can be classified as crash diets, which allow you to lose weight in a short amount of time, but prevent you from keeping it off.
Instead of looking for a specific diet that tells you exactly what foods you should and shouldn’t eat or gives you a strict daily menu to follow, concentrate on eating healthy and replacing your unhealthy food choices with healthy ones. While certain foods are better for people with diabetes than others, it’s not only about taking bad foods away, but knowing with which healthy foods to replace them.
One of the best things diabetics can do to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight without causing their blood sugar to drop is eat several small meals a day instead of two or three large ones. Your small meals should be balanced and consist of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Make sure you are eating lean proteins and unsaturated fats. Eat your meals every three hours to stay full and keep your blood sugar levels on track.
Avoid simple sugars and carbohydrates and replace them with healthy sugars and carbs. Fruits can help satisfy your sweet tooth without causing a blood sugar spike. If you are craving bread, choose a bread that is made of whole grains.
Make a list of the healthy foods you like and the ones you want to try. Also keep track of the foods you eat each day so you can see a pattern in your eating habits. When you are aware of how much food you are eating and the types of foods you are eating, you will be more likely to eat healthier. If you notice a rise or drop in your blood sugar, take note of when it occurred and what foods you ate to lead up to it. This will allow you to determine which foods affect your blood sugar in negative ways and positive ways.
Don’t cross your favorite foods off the list, even if they aren’t necessarily healthy. If you love brownies or chocolate chip cookies and just can’t resist eating them, go ahead a take a few nibbles. Just don’t overeat and monitor your blood sugar carefully so you know what your limit is for each of your favorite foods.
Being diabetic and dieting doesn’t have to be difficult and it doesn’t mean depriving yourself from the foods you love. Make smart choices and pay attention to your body and you will be on the right track to living a healthy and happy lifestyle.
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