Diet For A Diabetic – Tips For Better Blood Sugar Control

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For those newly diagnosed with diabetes,  one of the hardest parts of managing this disease is the undertaking of a “diabetic diet”.  But since this is also probably the most important part of managing this condition,  re-learning to eat the right types of foods is paramount.

There is mountains of dietary information available for the diabetic in the form of books, videos, magazines,  and online resources.  When you throw in the information given by their health care provider and nutritionist it can be a little overwhelming,  and confusing at best.   Fortunately,  with an open mind to changing poor eating habits, and a desire to live a long,  healthy life, you will find the “diabetes diet” is actually a  food plan everyone should be on.  Its a minor change from the faithful old  food pyramid ,  however, it is easy to live with, shop for, and keep your whole family happy and healthy and hopefully instilling good habits on the young.

With that in mind,  here are 4 tips that if you keep them at the forefront of your diabetic meal planning,  will keep you on the right track to fighting the complications that every diabetic fears.  1. Watch the snacks – This can be one of the more difficult things that any diabetic has to undertake. In our society the grocery store shelves and checkout lines are loaded with snacks and drinks that are the bain of the diabetic.  These foods are loaded with refined sugars which spike blood sugar levels the instant you eat them. You will have to break the sugary snack habit and instead eat more healthy snacks such as unsalted mixed nuts and fresh fruits and vegetables.

2. Watch for foods that are highly processed and made with white flour – What you need to be eating are whole grain foods that are high in fiber and complex carbohydrates. The reasons for this are simple; complex carbohydrates from high fiber foods are broken down slowly and released into the bloods stream at a manageable rate. This keeps blood sugar levels steady without the huge spikes caused by refined foods.

3. Eat more raw foods including fruits and vegetables – Foods in their rawest and freshest form are the healthiest foods and are an important part of a diet for a diabetic. They are high in fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals, and complex carbohydrates all of which are a key part of blood sugar management.

4. Stay hydrated – That’s right you need to drink plenty of water. While it contains little in the way of nutrients it is probably the most important nutrient you can consume. It keeps all your bodily systems running smoothly and helps removes wastes and toxins from the blood stream.

The diet for a diabetic is an evolving undertaking, just as all nutritional plans are,  and should actually should NOT be considered a “diabetic diet”,  it is a smart meal plan for everyone, young and old, of course portion control, carb and calorie counting depends on your individual issues.    As  you begin to  learn more about your own body, and which foods affect you in a good or bad way, how fast your sugar rises (glycemic index) with these foods,  and how to manage its effects. If you keep these four tips in mind you will find that you will soon find the right combination of foods and lifestyle choices that keep you healthy and whole.

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One Response to “Diet For A Diabetic – Tips For Better Blood Sugar Control”

  1. dmchugh says:

    The one phrase which really catches my attention these days is the term, “Diabetic Diet”. In all reality, the meal plan a diabetic should eat, is probably the healthiest way there is, for everyone. Limited fats and proteins, complex carbohydrates and as little (if any) high fructose corn syrup, saturated fats and processed food as possible. Calories are determined by desired weight of course,

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