First off... diabetes never has to mean feeling deprived about what foods to eat. Healthy foods can be delicious and also blood sugar safe... or carb friendly as we know it.
Unhealthy foods (sweets) can be enjoyed on those special occasions. This also gives you a chance to see how good or bad your blood sugar responds to a "Treat".
Here's an example of a go to meal... fill your plate on a regular basis with salad, as vegetables are the best food choice living with diabetes. Greens are the foundation (organic spring mix, spinach, etc).. topped with many colorful vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower) add hemp or pumpkin seeds, 1/2 avocado, 3 ounces of quality grass fed meat, wild caught fish or beans, with balsamic vinegar & olive oil dressing.
To add a complex carbohydrate w/fiber, choose whole food options. For example, add a 1/2 cup of farro (check out a recipe), black rice, or sweet potato fries (portion size is key) that are easy to prepare at home. These complex carbs are the best options for people with diabetes. because the protein and fiber in these foods create a slower blood sugar rise.
Did I mention how quick and easy salads are to make at home!!
The benefits of eating healthier whole foods with balanced macros, and why they're the best food options for people with diabetes:
the body can slowly absorb the vitamins, nutrients
avoid a spike in blood sugar
the added protein and healthy fats are more satisfying and fill you up
reduces cravings for simple carbohydrates (bread, cereal, desserts)
reach and maintain an ideal weight
All these benefits add up to lower insulin levels and lower blood glucose levels. This more efficient response to the insulin your pancreas produces, and becoming more insulin sensitive will give you more energy as you're taking back control of your diabetes.
Click here for the Spicy Sweet Potato, Turkey & Kale Bowl ...a delicious recipe to help balance blood sugar
The many choices are very individual to your lifestyle, food tastes and time to prepare. Balancing real whole foods can help you maintain health, improve overall well-being, and prevent future diabetes complications.
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A diet rich in vegetables, fruits, healthy proteins and fats can have significant health benefits for everyone living with diabetes. I work with type 2 diabetics to find the most beneficial food choices that work for them. The goal is to enjoy food again and not feel deprived, while reaching blood sugar goals to gain control of your health.