Some Hints to Encourage Healthy Eating for Diabetics, guest writer Patricia Harris

Diabetes type 2 is among the most common form of diabetes.
In diabetes type 2, either one’s body won’t produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is critical for your body to be able to use glucose for energy.

You could have the capability to improve and protect your present health.
With proper nutrition and exercise and by making good life style choices (like not smoking), you may feel better, stronger, and healthier, and can lower your risk of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, coronary disease and cerebrovascular accident.

The Better You Eat, The Better You Feel

Below are a few basic guidelines to help you and your family make healthier food decisions.

  • Eat lots of vegetables and fruit.
  • Choose wholemeal foods over processed grain products.
  • Try brown rice as an alternative to white. Substitute wheat grains bread for white.
  • Eat fish two – three times weekly.
  • Select leaner cuts of meat like those that end in ‘loin’ and remove the skin from poultry and turkey.
  • Eat low fat dairy
  • Drink water and low calorie non-carbonated beverages.
  • Use liquid oils for cooking as an alternative to solid fats.
  • Reduce high calorie junk food like chips, cookies, cakes, and regular frozen goodies.
  • Seek out baked chips and reduced calorie snacks. Or have some fruit instead.
  • Be careful about your portion sizes. Even an excess of “healthy” food might cause extra weight.

Tips:

Compare labels of similar foods, then pick the one with smaller amounts of saturated fats, cholesterol and sodium.

Adults should eat below 2400 mg. of sodium a day. In case you have high blood pressure, you must target even less.

Try adding herbs and spices in your cooking to replace salt for enhancing flavor.

Eating healthy and staying active is more important when you have diabetes.

Well-balanced meals may help keep your glucose (sugar) level as close to normal as possible.

Being active also helps you lower your blood glucose. In case you increase your level of physical activity, you might be able to take less insulin or diabetes pills. For anyone who is very inactive, has heart disease or even a history of foot ulcers, consult your doctor about safe exercise to suit your needs.

This post was written by guest writer, Patricia Harris from  Diabetic Menu Blog .

Some good places to find healthy, diabetes- friendly recipes , DiabeticRecipes.com , Taste.com.au Diabetes Friendly Recipes , Recipes from the International Diabetes Institute .