Diabetic Diet: Prevent or Manage Diabetes with Better Eating Habits

When watching our health, what we eat is just as important as how much we eat. Too many of the wrong tasty treats can be an invitation to diabetes. Obesity is one risk factor for diabetes that is easily eliminated by developing good eating habits. For those who have already developed diabetes, dietary changes can help to manage or even reverse the disease.

If you want to prevent or manage diabetes, start by adopting the diabetic diet.

The body is a machine that needs fuel to run.? Unfortunately, some of the foods we eat may taste good, but that doesn’t meant they are good for us. Consuming the wrong foods can result in medical complications and diseases, including insulin sensitivity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes.

The first thing that we can do to prevent diabetes from knocking at our door is learn the right things to eat. But, simply telling people to ?eat healthy? doesn’t help. After a lifetime of poor eating habits, how can we be expected to wake up and fix it over night? For more of us, a better explanation is required if we want to understand how to follow a diabetic diet.

Start Here: The Diabetic Diet

Use the food pyramid.

Check out MyPyramid.gov to take a look at the new and improved food pyramid. It goes step-by-step through the different types of food groups: carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables, fats and oils, sweets, and protein. A balanced diet is what your body needs to function at its best. You’ll feel and look better with a properly balanced diet.

Sort out your carbohydrates.

There are two types of carbohydrates: simple and complex. Simple carbs are those that don’t offer any nutritional value and we know are bad for our body. These simple carbs include sugary snacks, processed sweets, sweet drinks, and any foods made from refined white flour. The carbs that are good for you are the complex carbs, which are really the good tasting carbs, scout’s honor! Complex carbs include fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, and whole grains.

Learn about the glycemic index.

The glycemic index is a way of rating carbohydrates according to how much they spike your blood sugar compared with pure glucose. Any carb that is rated 50 or below is considered ?low GI? (glycemic index). Be careful of making assumptions here. Not all good ?complex carbs? are ?low GI.? For instance, white potatoes are complex carbs but they have a ?high GI.?

Choose good proteins.

Protein is one of the major building blocks of all cells in your body. It is usually not hard to find enough sources of protein. The problem is finding enough excellent sources of protein. Eat lean meats, seafood, fish, nuts, and beans such as black beans, pinto beans, navy beans, lentils, and garbanzo beans for your protein boost.

Good oils do exist.

Fats are important in the body. They are used in the makeup of cellular membranes and cushioning of the organs and tissues in the body. Healthy fats include unsaturated oils such as olive, canola, and safflower.

Tip for Success with a Diabetic Diet

Good eating habits often involve emptying your pantry.

Don’?t set yourself up for failure by keeping around empty calories and bad fat. Make your good diet a priority in your life and ask everyone in your house to respect your decision. Clean out all the unhealthy foods from your pantry and restock with only healthy choices.

You now have the basic information about what foods to eat and what foods to avoid on a diabetic diet. Do your homework before you plan your meals and you’ll be well on your way to transforming your eating habits. You’ll also be well on your way to lowering your risk of diabetes.

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