By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Maria Cummings
Sometimes we go through life not thinking too much about how our food choices can cause serious life consequences until something stops up dead in our tracks. When life hits us hard, it is time to re-think about how we can make better choices. Being told that you are borderline diabetic can be one of those red flag moments when we realize things need to change. All of the sudden, it is time to re-evaluate our lifestyle and diets. Being pre-diabetic or borderline diabetic is not necessarily bad news because you can prevent or slow down the chance of becoming fully diabetic by lowering your sugar and carbohydrate intake, exercising regularly and by making smarter food choices.
Most people with diabetes already know that they should not consume soda, sugary sweets and simple carbohydrates. Instead of sodas or the sugar-free drinks laced with chemicals, how about trying refreshing water with cucumber and or mint, or mint and a couple of berries? Infused water is so delicious and much better than sugar or artificially sugared drinks! Pre-diabetics or a borderline diabetic should be eating the same foods that people with diabetes eat, including limiting portion sizes and even learning how to calorie count to help improve weight and health.
The type of carbohydrates that borderline diabetics should be eating need to be high in fiber. Legumes come in a delicious array of shapes, sizes, colors, and flavors such as lentils, chickpeas, black beans, and canelli beans. You can make a tasty hummus out of any of these legumes that are not only high in fiber but are also high in protein too! Have a forbidden sweet tooth? Berries are to the rescue because they are also high in fiber. How about fats? You still need fat, but you need the healthy fat of course. You can get the proper fat in foods like avocado, olive oil, and a wild caught fish like salmon, cod, trout etc. Eat more fresh vegetables that aren’t too starchy such as spinach, kale, Swiss chard, bok choy, broccoli, carrots, and green beans. You can have a little bit of the starchy vegetables; just keep them to a minimal.
Borderline Diabetics need to stay healthy with regular exercise and proper nutrition. If you feel overwhelmed with this new journey, we can help you. We help people all over Atlanta, Georgia and all over the world by phone and email! Let us help you get or stay healthy today!
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