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 us a chance to see how good or bad our blood sugar responses to a "Treat".
Here's and example of my go to meal...I fill my plate on a regular basis with salad, as vegetables are my 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.
Sometimes I'll add a 1/2 cup of farro (check out my recipe), black rice, or sweet potato fries that are easy to prepare at home. These complex carbs are the best options for people with diabetes. because their protein and fiber allows a slower rise to blood sugar.
Did I mention how quick and easy salads are to make at home!!
The trick to eating healthier whole foods with balanced macros, is the body can slowly absorb the vitamins, nutrients and avoiding a spike in blood sugar, and the best food options for people with diabetes.
The many choices are very individual to our lifestyle, food tastes and time to prepare. Balancing real whole foods can help us maintain health, improve overall well-being, and prevent future complications.
I work with people who have type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes to find the most beneficial food choices that work for them. A diet rich in vegetables, fruits, healthy proteins and fats can have significant health benefits for everyone living with diabetes.