How A Diabetic Diet Can Change Your Life

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A proper diabetic diet consists of foods which are high in nutrients, low in bad fats and sugars, and which regulate blood glucose levels. It also entails careful planning out meals often and exercising sound portion control. This helps people with chronic diabetes to better manage their symptoms, prevent complications of diabetic complications, and live a better quality of life as well as maintain a healthy weight. There is no magic bullet when it comes to managing diabetes, but the right diet can make all the difference for you and your doctor. Following is a brief summary of what a good diabetic diet consists of.

Diabetic Diet Tips

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You should eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, and low fat dairy products. Your choice of food is almost endless, but these are the staples of a good diabetic diet. Avoid red meats, fatty foods, and processed foods as much as possible, as these will only make your diabetes problems worse. Omega 3 oils, fish, and low fat dairy products are always good to eat. These natural sources help to regulate blood sugar and can help with the symptoms of both diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

A typical diabetic diet should not include overly sweet or highly processed carbohydrates such as white bread, potatoes, rice, soda pop, cookies, candy bars, and most types of candy. These highly processed foods are high in calories and fats, especially sugar. Stay away from breads made with refined flour as well as those which have little or no refined sugar. Most whole grain breads and pastas contain healthy fibers.

Make sure you monitor your food choices carefully and choose the ones with the highest nutritional value. Stay away from high calorie and fat food choices as much as possible. Instead, focus on eating lots of vegetables, fruit, grains, beans, fish, and nuts. Eating a variety of different types of food is a good way to stay healthy and maintain your weight. It is also better for you to avoid sugary foods that cause spikes in your blood sugar levels when eaten too often. Fruit and vegetables are a great source of essential nutrients; a diabetic diet should not exclude them from your menu.

For those who are challenged with their food choices because of diabetes or other health issues, it may be helpful to speak with a registered dietician who can recommend appropriate foods for you to eat and avoid. There are many books and websites available that provide you with meal replacement and recipe ideas as well as serving size information. You can find out the proper serving size for different types of foods by reading the food label or referring to the nutrition facts panel on the back of the packaging. You should also consider limiting your daily servings of food that contain high amounts of refined sugars, saturated fats, salt, and food additives.

Many people think that eating a healthy diabetic diet will be boring because of the variety of foods they are used to. This is simply not true. Many people who are diagnosed with prediabetes enjoy the wide range of foods they are able to eat, although there are some restrictions that they may have to adhere to in order to maintain their weight and their energy level. In most cases, you can eat a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, breads, potatoes, rice, and certain dairy products such as cheese, but the quality will be lower than that of a standard American diet. As a matter of fact, people who are pre diabetics should limit their intake of nuts and peanuts, coffee, tea, chocolate, soda pop, and most processed foods.

Some carbohydrates that you should include in your diabetic diet are whole grains, brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, potatoes, peas, mushrooms, and bananas. These foods contain a high amount of fiber and complex carbohydrates that help lower blood sugar levels naturally. A limitation of these foods is not recommended, however, because eating too many carbohydrates can make you feel tired or sluggish and cause you to gain weight instead of losing it. In addition, the calories contained in many refined carbohydrates are harder for your body to break down.

End Note

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Most diabetics have a preference for either diet sodas or sugar-free drinks, so they have to learn to replace them with something else. There are two primary substitutes that work well for diabetics who are looking to cut back on the sugar in their drinks: fruit juice and sugarless drinks with no sugar added to them. These drinks do not contain any calories, which is just another reason why they are so successful in helping diabetics keep their weight down and stay properly hydrated. They also help reduce the amount of insulin required by the body to function properly.

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