Following a diet for diabetes is often the best way to prevent any complications from occurring with Type 2 diabetes. I have a few relatives that have had to change their dietary habits over the years. These changes they have made are much of the reason behind why they are still here and healthy. I've compiled a list of 10 tips for creating a diet that will help with controlling diabetes.
10 Establish a Routine
By making a meal schedule and following it, this should eliminate any confusion about what time you've eaten and what you've eaten. Creating a menu is a great way to keep track of exactly what was eaten and at what time.
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9 Choose Right Amounts of Healthy Food
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8 Control Overeating
Resisting that quick and tasty burrito in the freezer is difficult, especially when they taste so good. Overeating only leads to increased amounts of glucose that your body gets upset over. It's a terrible domino effect; excess food leads to excess glucose which makes the body overwork itself.
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7 Lose Weight
Losing weight decreases the amount of fat cells the body has. The less fat cells there are available, the less there is of the hormone that tells the cells to ignore the insulin. This hormone is often what causes diabetes in the first place. Exercising is a great way to lose weight. Even if it's only for thirty minutes a day.
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6 Use an Exchange List
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5 Count Carbohydrates
Keeping track of the amount of carbohydrates eaten will ensure that the same amount is eaten each day. This is very important when medication is being taken for diabetes. If the number of carbohydrates varies too greatly, then the amount of medication will need to vary also. Dietitians are very good at teaching this carbohydrate counting technique and how to do it properly.
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4 Be Consistent
Having a consistent schedule and amount of food, all day and every day, will help in regulating your blood sugar level. Try to eat the same amount of food at the same time each day. This can be difficult when traveling, so be sure to take snacks that fit into the schedule.
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3 Add Lots of Variety
A variety of foods are needed in order to keep healthy. A person can't live off of rice and beans and expect this to be the best diet for diabetes. There needs to be an adequate amount from all food groups and not in excess.
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2 Choose Foods Rich in Fiber
High fiber foods include; nuts, fruits, vegetables, wheat bran, legumes, and whole wheat flour. Fiber is excellent for controlling blood sugar levels, as well as lowering the risk of heart disease. Try to eat between 25 to 30 grams of fiber per day.
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1 Limit Fats
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These ten tips should be very useful in following a diet for diabetes, either Type 1 or Type 2. Eating healthier and throwing in some exercise is good for anyone and everyone. I hope these tips help with the planning of your daily food schedule and make it much easier to follow. Remember, if you've already been diagnosed with diabetes, make sure to consult your doctor before making any big changes to your diet. Do you have a specific diet for diabetes? How has it worked for you?
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