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Tips To Eating Healthy If You Have Type II Diabetes
If you have type 2 diabetes, healthy eating habits are crucial for monitoring your blood sugar levels. You would have probably been told what to eat and what not to eat, however there are healthy habits you can develop to make the monitoring easier!
I would love you to watch a video that may explain many health problems, including type II diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol. Not everybody will which is why they will look for healthier eating habits in regards to a diabetic diet. If you are interested in watching the video, take a look here: The Bitter Truth About Sugar.
Now that you’ve watched the video, if you’ve recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, it’s vital to your health to adjust your habits to meet your new dietary requirements.
Just a little bit of diabetes awareness and heart health in any area is an advantage.
You know your main concern is to maintain healthy blood glucose levels, while concurrently maintaining a healthy weight. Fortunately, both can be properly monitored and developed easily by a few simple changes to your current habits.
Healthy Diet Changes
Next you can follow these simple suggestions to help you make the adjustments and guide you in a healthy manner:
- Pay attention to your cooking pans – The point of using oil or butter when cooking is to lubricate your pan rather than enhancing the taste of your dish. Therefore, consider opting for olive oil in order to lubricate your pan or use a grill where possible.
- Eat frequently – In order to maintain a normal level of blood glucose, it’s important to eat several smaller meals throughout the day in lieu of three large meals. If possible, eat a small meal every three hours. Five small meals a day is far better for you. The secret to successfully implementing this tip is to always keep something on hand. A meal can be anything from a piece of fruit, such as a banana, a couple of carrots or some crackers with cheese. As long as you have something nutritious to eat, not junk food, which doesn’t make you feel full anyway, you’ll be worry-free.
- Shop for healthy ingredients – You’ll be able to better maintain your weight if your meals have a sense of consistency in the quality of ingredients. When deciding what foods to eat, keep healthy and nutritious in mind! Stay away from the quick-fix packets of foods and eat ‘real’ foods. Real foods are those that do not come in a packet and/or quite often a can.
- Plan your meals ahead of time – Pack yourself a healthy lunch for work before bed each night and then simply grab and go. You may want to keep a bag of nuts, such as almonds in your car or in your desk as well. Not only are they good for you but perfect for keeping your hunger under control.
Other Steps You Can Take
If you have been diagnosed with type II diabetes, it needn’t signify the end of your culinary adventures. What else can you do to help yourself?
- Portion control – Portion and quality control are essential aspects of adapting to your new diet. You can still have tasty foods, however you will just need to keep a watchful eye on exactly what and how much food you consume.
- Stop when you’ve had enough – Know when you have had enough to eat. Don’t just keep eating for taste! Step away from the table before you’re full. Wait 20 minutes for round two…your body would have given its message to you by then. If you find yourself in a nearly comatose state, it’s a sign to eat less next time…so don’t overeat.
- Mindful eating – Not only is it important to eat within your capacity at every meal, it’s also important to be mindful of the quality of food you’re eating. Fill 50% of your plate with vegetables, 25% with starch and the remaining 25% with protein. This formula leads to a balanced meal every time.
If you have diabetes, you have less wiggle room in your diet than someone without diabetes. Although that said, I am happy to eat the same diet and I am not diabetic, after all prevention is better than cure. Maintaining an unhealthy diet can lead to severe health complications so it’s critical that you make healthy choices with your foods. Healthy eating habits to help manage diabetes isn’t difficult, but it does require your complete adherence. Little steps go a long way toward keeping your diet healthy.
Small adjustments, such as planning your meals ahead of time, eating small but frequent meals, eliminating foods high in corn syrup and eating more of the healthy foods make a big difference that can lead you to greater health.
Do you have any tips to share? Please let me know in the comments below…and if you feel what I have said may help someone else, please share with your family and friends!