It might be a new year but diabetes is as relevant as ever. So why not be better prepared for it and get it under control once and for all?
The fact of the matter is that if you eat the wrong things, your blood sugar levels WILL increase. And for diabetics this spells disaster…
So what are the 3 main types of food that diabetics should avoid at all costs?
First things first – This is SO much more than just the sugar you stir into your cup of a coffee.
Sugar is everywhere these days. It can be found in different forms and in many different types of foods – Even the ones that don’t taste sweet.
Added sugars in food cause blood sugar to rise. A type 2 diabetic with consistently high blood sugar levels is at risk for complications like retinopathy (retina damage), neuropathy (nerve damage), foot ulcers, skin disorders and kidney disease.
While sugar is OK in small amounts, it should be limited to maintain a normal blood sugar. Sugary foods also tend to be high in calories while lacking essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
Rather opt for nutrient-filled foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins is a better way to use calories.
But what about the sugar in fruit..?
Foods such as fruits that contain natural sugars typically have a lower glycemic index than foods with added sugars. When diabetics consume foods with lower glycemic levels, these foods could help keep blood sugar levels balanced. However, foods with added sugars such as cookies tend to have a high glycemic index, and these foods can result in a spike in blood sugar level. Choosing to eat strawberries over a piece of candy would offer a better option.
- Unhealthy Fats
Yes, certain fats are good for your health. But not all of them…
Limit dietary fat, because it is high in calories and consuming too many calories can lead to obesity. Obesity not only complicates diabetes but is also one of the greatest risk factors for developing heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, asthma and arthritis.
Decrease dietary fat by choosing low-fat dairy products, lean meats, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. You can also cut fat and calories by…
- Cooking with healthier oil like grape seed oil, olive oil, coconut oil, or fresh butter.
- Making smart choices when eating out, like choosing veggies or a side salad instead of chips.
- Monitoring portion size by gradually decreasing how much food you eat at a time.
- Limiting high-calorie snacks and desserts by learning to say NO, and replacing unhealthy snacks with healthy alternatives.
Avoid SATURATED fats and TRANS fats which increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke and raise cholesterol.
Everyone needs carbohydrates as part of a healthy, balanced diet, but diabetics need to choose carbohydrates wisely. In considering the glycemic index, whole grains have a lower glycemic index than processed or refined products.
For example, choosing whole wheat pasta over enriched, white flour pasta should have a lower impact on blood sugar levels.
Some vegetables contain starches, and diabetics should limit starchy vegetables in a type 2 diabetes diet because they can raise blood sugars. Starchy vegetables include peas, corn, winter squash, pumpkin and potatoes.
Everybody can use a little help from natural supplements…
For an easy way to balance blood sugar levels, try to follow the Manna Diet – specially designed for type 1 and type 2 diabetic diets. Our Manna Diabetes Diet eBook assists you reach your dream weight and is loaded with healthy recipes and food for diabetics. By taking the Manna Blood Sugar Support Supplement with each meal, it can help to control your blood sugar levels in the most natural way.
The Manna Low GI Shake is the ultimate meal replacement or low-calorie snack for diabetics. It does not raise your blood sugar levels, but rather helps to manage them. It can keep you feeling full for longer by stabilising your blood sugar, which also means you don’t get cravings for sweets or unhealthy foods.