Diabetes And A Healty
Diabetes And A Healty Diet. Those who have diabetes should
follow a slightly different food pyramid than those who do not
have diabetes. There are foods that can make living with
diabetes easier and less stressful.
Here are some simple rules to follow to stay healthier when
you have diabetes. If you plan your meals around these rules
you can eat the same foods your family does, just modify some
of the basic eating habits a little as described below.
Try to spread out your carbohydrate intake over the entire
day. This way your blood sugar level won't be as high right
after meals. Have a meal and snack plan so you know how to
space out the carbohydrates.
Eating on the run or sporadically will lead you to making
quick decisions and perhaps loading too many carbohydrates at
one time. Variety in food selection is crucial to maintaining a
balance in your sugar levels.
Make sure you test your blood sugar level after meals so
that you will know what affect the foods you consumed has on
the level. Knowledge is power when it comes to controlling your
diabetes and the foods you consume has a huge impact on your
blood sugar level, so knowing what it is can give you
information needed to adjust your insulin or your snacks and
meals for the balance of the day.
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Foods that contain carbohydrates and sugar increase the
blood sugar immediately. Using fruits to sweeten the foods you
eat, like putting sliced peaches on your cereal instead of
sugar will give you the sweetness you desire without letting
your blood sugar get out of your control. It is best to
minimize protein from your diet. Using legumes, tofu, and fish
instead of red meat will give you better control over your
diabetes and be healthier for your entire body.
There are some vegetables that can actually
decrease the seriousness of your diabetes by regulating your
blood sugar level better when you eat them on a regular basis;
they are: Asparagus, bitter melon, celery, garlic, globe
artichoke, jerusalem artichoke, and spinach. If you are
pregnant or nursing and have diabetes you have the same need
for calcium, folic acid, iron and protein that non-diabetic
pregnant or nursing moms do.
Foods that diabetics should avoid are those
that are processed and those we label as "junk
foods". Junk foods are empty of nutrient value
and usually high in sugar, sodium or both.
Avoid the obvious sweets like candy, cookies
and ice cream. Other foods to avoid that may
pose a problem for the diabetic are: fruit
sugar, chocolates, soft drinks, and items made
with white flour.
Any food that contains harmful preservatives
and have high sodium content should also be
avoided. A lot of canned items are high in
sodium. You can confirm by looking at the food
label for what is contained in the food
You will also need more calories per day during
the 2nd and 3rd trimesters (approximately 300 more calories)
than you did before you became pregnant). It is important to
eat on a regular basis throughout the day. Eat snacks and
well-balanced meals. Do not skip meals as this can cause
problems with your blood sugar level.