Diabetic Diet

Diabetic Diet

A diabetic diet does not mean that you have to eat anything special , expensive or pre-packaged foods.

The facts are a diabetic diet is not much different than eating healthier.

If you select the right foods and try to stick to a regular meal time plan, it can help control your blood sugar.

A weight loss diet for people with Type 2 diabetes is not a restrictive diet.

It is rich in nutrients and low in calories and fats.

People with diabetes, in fact everyone should be eating a diet rich in  vegetables and whole grains.

When you're on a diet plan you need to be consistent with your meals to avoid excess calories and fats in the foods you select as this can create an increase in blood sugar levels.

Of course watch out for those high sugary food when it comes to managing your glucose levels.

Diabetic Diet Meal Plan

Now with a proper diabetic diet meal plan can help you mange your diabetes and glucose levels.Your plan should include scheduling and establishing a routine for eating your meals.

You should focus on eating the same amount of carbs per day and meal.

When you have a consistent meal plan of carbohydrate and calorie intake It will help you to control your blood sugar levels.

Now when you eat too much cards or calorie at any given time or a given day can cause your blood glucose level to spike and it can make managing your diabetes difficult. 

Secondly your meal portions should be planned out so that you don’t find yourself overeating.

By consuming smaller meals more frequent you are helping your blood sugar under control.

When planning your meals you should have about 50% - $55 from carbs, 30% from fats and about 10% to 15% for proteins.

Final your meal plan should include food selections. So the main key to managing diabetes is to choose the right foods especially you carbohydrates.

When choosing carbs try focusing on complex carbohydrates versus simple carbs. When it comes to simple card they are primarily sugar and has little nutritional value.

As for complex cards are starchy foods that break down slowly into sugar so that your blood glucose levels with rise gradually.

For diabetics including myself, our body is able to manage complex carbs easier with insulin resistance.

Counting Carbs or Calories

With your diabetic diet plan, you might thinking if you should start counting carbs or calories or both. The reason is the carbohydrates are what affects your blood sugars levels the most, for diabetics choosing to count carbs versus counting calories.

However, if you are a diabetic and overweight, then your number one goal should be to lose weight.

Now the main key to losing weight you must consume fewer calories than you burn, so counting calories may be right for you in order to reach your weight lose goals. 

When you learn how to eat healthier foods, watch your portions and mange when you eat, you might not need to count your calorie nor carbohydrates. 

However, until you understand to eating healthier you should start counting one or the other until you have a feel for what your meal plan be.

But when it comes to counting carbs or calories it can be a pain with all that extra work, but it’s a great way to get control of what foods you are eating.

Knowing just how many calories, carbohydrates, fat etc that you are consuming will help you to adjust and learn to eat health.

Selecting Healthy Foods

The Canadian Diabetes Association suggest that people with diabetes should choose their food based on the Glycemic Index (GI).

Now you’re asking what is the Glycemic Index (GI). Well the (GI) is used to measure carbohydrates and the rate in which starch is broken down and how it impacts blood sugar levels.

A GI of 55 and lower is a low index food and does not impact the blood sugar level to the same degree as a food that has a high index does.

Carbohydrate for with a Glycemic index 70 and higher should be avoided if at all possible for diabetics. For more information check out here

Now if you don’t understand or used the Glycemic index in order to select good carbs.

Starting with some good common sense and go a long way when it comes to eating healthy but selecting better foods.

We all know that eating cupcake, cookie and candies are high in sugar and are unhealthy choices. We also know that food that rich in vitamins and other nutrients are a much healthier choice. for use and a better selection.

And add vegetable, fruit and protein to every meal is a plus when it comes to eating healthy.

Carbohydrates can some be more difficult in what to select. The American Diabetes Association has created the diabetes food pyramid to make it easier for you to choose the right food and create your diabetic diet.

Check out this article on the Diabetes Food Pyramid for your diabetic diet needs.

Check out this article at the American Diabetes Association.

Below are some example of diabetic diets.

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