Living with diabetes can be a pain sometimes but eating for diabetes can be made simple by following a few steps. The quality and quantity of the foods being eaten are important and food intake that is colorful, and fiber filled, is high quality and can help with the management of blood sugars and overall health. Focusing on eating these foods is better than dwelling on what not to eat. Including beans and healthy fats along with whole grains, fruits and veggies, in controlled amounts, allows for an optimal intake of powerful antioxidants which helps to keep a strong immune system. Here are a few tips to help:
Include beans, peas or lentils. These are high in fiber and provide protein, magnesium and potassium to name a few. Beans may also help improve gut health.
Add a healthy fat
For a healthier heart, add avocado slices, nuts, or olives.
Decrease saturated fats
If meat or poultry is covering half of the plate, consider making that a quarter of the plate and increase the veggies to help fill your tummy.
Include whole grains
Bulgur or farro are both whole grains which help when eating for diabetes. Both are wheat products, and if you need gluten free, amaranth, quinoa, sorghum or brown rice can help you add whole grains to your food intake.
Know your portions
If you don’t know the amount that a portion of a food should be, consider a smaller plate for the meal. Also, look at the size of the utensil you are eating with because these are larger than they used to be, which means each fork or spoonful will hold more food with each bite you take, resulting in a faster intake and possibly a larger intake. Taking longer to eat a meal can help with digestion and smaller bites can help with weight control.
Make sure to add color
Add a fruit or veggie so that you have color on your plate. These foods can help provide a stronger immune system.
To be successful in making changes with eating for diabetes, work on one of these at a time, such as including beans in a meal 3-4 times a week, until a new habit is formed. You will soon see how eating for diabetes can be simple.