Having diabetes means being careful of what you eat and drink all the time. Eating or drinking something that can cause a spike in your blood sugar levels can be dangerous for those who are diagnosed with the disease. The key to controlling your diabetes is to have a regular exercise regimen to burn off the excess carbohydrates, sugars and fats that contribute to the diseases as well as adjusting your diet to fit the needs of the body. This does not mean that you cannot enjoy your meals if you have diabetes. In fact, you can tweak your diabetes diet to suit your preferences. Anyway, if you analyze the overall diet, you will notice that it is basically healthy and good for everybody, not just for diabetics.
The first thing that you should do if you are diagnosed with Diabetes is to consult a dietician regarding the kinds of foods that are healthy for you. There are foods which should be minimized while there are also foods that should be focused on and maximized. Dieticians and food experts insist that there are generally no wrong foods for diabetics, there are just too big or to much portions that can cause the increase in blood sugar dangerous to those with the disease. This is one thing to always keep in mind in order to enjoy your diet; the size of the portions always count! The reason why portions play a big deal for diabetics is because depriving diabetics of things that they want to eat gives an impression of being restricted and might eventually lead to rebelling against the diet and the doctors.
Medical Nutrition Therapy for Diabetes
You might have heard that carbs are the bane of diabetics. This is generally true but there are carbs that have less impact on the disease. Examples of acceptable carbohydrates include, but are not limited to, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. This means that you can still eat sweets, in the form of sweet fruits, and breads, in the form of whole grain breads.
Meats are acceptable in the menu for diabetics but these should be lean, with very little or no fat at all. A good alternative to meat in the diet for diabetics is fish. Fish are basically low in unhealthy fat and cholesterol. There are even some kinds of fish that have the so called “good” cholesterol (Omega 3 fatty acids) that helps to increase the health of your heart. Fish prone to mercury should be avoided since this just opens another can of worms to worry about.
Another aspect of a good diabetes diet is keeping track of what you eat. It is not just about eating all of the recommended food and hoping for the best. It is important to read the labels of the foods that you buy from the grocery as well as to know the glycemic index of the food. Combining the recommended foods and knowing how to balance them is key to a healthy and long life for diabetics.