By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC
If you have just been diagnosed with diabetes it can be very overwhelming. There is so much to learn and it calls for lifelong adjustments to your diet. But there ARE options on what you can eat to help control diabetes. First and foremost you need to know what foods to avoid so you won’t make your blood sugar also known as glucose rise. The foods to avoid are certain types of carbohydrates such as; rice, cereal, bread, desserts, pasta, and snack foods like chips. This may be the hardest adjustment for most people with diabetes, but there’s good news I promise! There’s a whole world of yummy food for you to replace the others with!
So now that you know what not to eat, what are the good foods your diet should consist of to help control diabetes? Well, you know that they are “healthy foods.” You just have to get creative and go beyond eating ole salad. Instead you could try your vegetables raw, cooked, roasted, with salsa, hummus, and guacamole. You can even substitute chips with baked kale with a little olive oil and sea salt. They taste so good! Instead of soft drinks that are filled with mostly sugar, you can enhance your water intake by being creative and adding cucumber and /or mint to it. Craving something sweet? A cup of melons or berries are an excellent choice of a healthy fruit for diabetics; they’re only about 15 grams of carbohydrates and full of nutrients and fiber. You don’t have to feel hungry just because your diet needs to change! You can fill up on lean meats such as organic chicken and turkey, and other lean cuts of meat. Need to start carving those carbohydrates? Try some delicious legumes like black beans, lentils and hearty garbanzo beans. Check online for delicious recipes like chickpea tuna and put it on a bed of lettuce. As far as fats, you have great options like avocado, olive oil and don’t forget you can have a wild caught fish like salmon. If you need more ideas you can a variety of diabetic recipes on Pinterest or contact our office for an appointment. We do appointments in the clinic and over the phone.
By making healthy replacements in your diet, You will be eating like a king…a healthy king of course!
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