A proper diabetic diet is essential whether you have type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes.
My wife was told she had type 1 diabetes when she was 11. That was back in the early 60's so there really wasn't a whole lot known about how to properly control it.
Doctors would tell her to follow a diabetic diet but what they allowed her to eat was bland and, basically, she pretty much ignored it.
Fortunately nowadays diabetics are being given diet choices that are, or can be delicious as well as healthy. By taking into effect the glycemix diet they are able to learn how different carbohydrates react and effect their blood sugar.
A healthy diabetic diet plan will include
- Limiting sweets
- Eating often
- Being careful about when and how many carbohydrates you eat
- Eating lots of whole-grain foods, fruits and vegetables
- Eating less fat
- Limiting your use of alcohol
My wife has numerous complications due to diabetes. When she was a child, it seems doctors were not as knowledgeable as to how to control the disease. Now doctors not only help you use insulin and pills to control the disease; they also want you to follow a good diabetic diet.
What healthy food choices should a diabetic diet include?
Begin by eating smaller portions. Learn what a serving size is for different foods and how many servings you need in a meal. Sometimes it blows your mind just how large a single serving might be if you go by what the recipe tells you, so base your serving size on your particular diet.
Eat less fat. Choose less high-fat foods and cut down on using fat for cooking. Make an attempt to limit foods that are high in saturated fats or trans fat, such as:
- Fatty cuts of meat.
- Fried Foods
- Whole milk and dairy products made from whole milk.
- Cakes, candy, cookies, crackers, and pies.
- Salad dressings.
- Lard, shortening, stick margarine, and nondairy creamers.
My wife received a pancreas transplant in 2008 and is no longer considered to be a diabetic, although she takes anti-rejection medications so the pancreas does not reject. But diabetes took it's toll and she is in a wheel chair and somewhat limited as to what she is able to do.
That's one reason why following a diabetic diet and eating healthy are an absolute must, along with following a regular exercise program.
As I mentioned, following a diabetic diet menu does not have to mean you will be eating a bland diet.
Here are some Diabetic Diet Recipes to get you started, as well as some
Foods to Avoid.
Many experts, the American Diabetes Association being among them, recommend a diabetic diet that consists of a breakdown of 50 to 60 percent of daily calories from carbohydrates, 12 to 20 percent from protein, and no more than 30 percent from fat.
To sum it up, a diabetes diet should accomplish 3 things
- achieve ideal weight
- maintain normal blood glucose levels
- limit foods that contribute to hear disease