5 Ways to Manage your Diet for Diabetes

Are you a diabetic? Do you smoke? Do people around you smoke?  We all know smoking is a direct cause of cancer but if you have diabetes smoking - including passive smoking - leads to other health problems
Are you a diabetic? Do you smoke? Do people around you smoke?  We all know smoking is a direct cause of cancer but if you have diabetes smoking - including passive smoking - leads to other health problems

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Diet for Diabetes
Diet for Diabetes

Diet for Diabetes

My own diet has altered significantly since I was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, yet I still manage to maintain my weight with a healthy diet.

My own diet has changed significantly since I was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of eleven. I now maintain my current healthy weight with a great diet and eating plan. If you intend to lose more than approximately a stone in weight, I would recommend that you see your doctor for additional advice on how to do this safely.

I have had diabetes for seven years, so it would be completely incorrect of me to tell you that my method for maintaining weight is perfect. Nevertheless, I can suggest that you follow my lead because I am aware of what works and what doesn’t. Before I start, let me just say that I was raised by wonderful parents who taught me to eat everything, and I do! If there is something you do not like, there are a tonne of other diabetic recipes and ideas that you will enjoy.

I am a university student, and I like to buy fresh and organic produce from where I live. I believe that this is important because it can be the best for your body and contain more nutrients and vitamins than most supermarket produce. I like to source food from my fortnightly farmers market in town, which sells amazing meat and dairy produce and fresh, in-season fruit and vegetables. This is another important thing to remember: eating fruit and vegetables in their season means that they will taste better as well as do you good. I have a lot of influence from Western European cuisine (mainly France and Italy), as you will tell, but I do not profess to be a chef, and everything is easy to make and very convenient.

I have read countless diet books and diabetic recipe/diet books, and I came to a conclusion that I think really works. I fused all the good things from the diets (but not from every diet) and sort of put together my own one. I call this my juvenile diabetes-healthy diet!

The “rules” that I would lay down are as follows:

1. Cut back on snacks, and then change the type of snacks you eat.

It was certainly my biggest downfall, although it wasn’t really apparent to me. When I first started at university, I had little or no routine, which meant that filling my day was difficult and popping into the kitchen for a snack, no matter how healthy it felt, was a regular occurrence. This is one of the hardest things to do for some people, but establishing a great routine is essential to great diabetes care. The types of snacks to be eaten are unsalted nuts, dried unsweetened fruit, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables (I love fresh red pepper and cucumber), and dark chocolate (richer and nicer, and you only want 2 squares usually).

2. Cut back on white flour and embrace whole-meal carbs.

This is the most essential part of your diet and the thing that can show the biggest increase in weight loss. Some diets, in fact, just focus on this point and are very successful. Wholemeal (especially stoneground wholemeal) is so good for you and has so much more flavour in it that switching is much easier than you think. Most people are really surprised at the ranges you can get in your supermarket. Again, remember that the bread that is best for you is the one that is freshest, with the fewest perservatives or added ingredients. Also, brown or basmati rice is great with a lovely nutty texture. Wholemeal pasta is great, and for your potatoes, I would totally recommend the smaller ones.

3. Stop drinking cocktails and start drinking wine.

Cocktails are full of sugar, colourants, and preservatives. As a student, I have had loads of practice at going out and not drinking cocktails, so my drink of choice is Malibu and Diet Coke if I feel I have to drink something, and I make it last all night. I can then top up with Diet Coke (which has almost no sugar in it), and it looks as though I am drinking Malibu. If you are out at a restaurant, red wine is much better than anything else you can order (except water, of course!) and it has been proven that the antioxidants in red wine are great for keeping a healthy heart. The recommended amount is one glass a day with your evening meal.

4. Start cooking more fruit and vegetables.

Fresh fruit and vegetables are a great way to get all the vitamins and minerals you need. And there are so many different ways in which to cook vegetables, but I find that raw is the best, followed closely by steamed. Both of these ways preserve all their natural goodness as well. I will follow this post with another diabetes recipe post.

5. Drink more water.

I know you have heard people say this many times before, but the benefits of drinking more water are endless. A few tips on how to get more water into your day are: First, put bottles of water at all the places you go in the house or at work. So keep one on your desk, a glass in the kitchen, the bedroom, the sitting room, etc. Try and drink all these glasses up, and you will be well on your way to 8 glasses a day. The trick is to add a glass every few days or so. If you try to drink all that water in one go, you won’t be so inclined to drink eight glasses again, trust me! Have a go; it’s amazing how great you will feel.

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