Have you ever sat down and watched an enticing cooking show that inspired you to get all of the ingredients right away to try making it for yourself? It can be fun to try new things in the kitchen, but if you have diabetes it’s important to stick to an appropriate diabetic diet to ensure your health stays on track.
Whether you have been recently diagnosed or have been living with diabetes for a while, it can be tricky to create a diabetic diet. However, it’s really not as daunting as it seems. Type 2 diabetes can be greatly affected by diet, exercise, or a lack of each. Some people are actually able to reverse the condition by closely monitoring their lifestyle in these areas.
First, you will want to focus on foods with healthy carbohydrates. These will include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, peas, lentils, and low-fat dairy products. Next, opt for foods rich in fiber such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole-wheat flour, and wheat bran. Fish are a great substitute to high-fat meats and two servings a week of salmon, mackerel, tuna, or sardines is a good idea.
Of course, you will want to avoid those wonderful fried options that smell and look so good but really are not a wise option. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are “good fats” and can be found in avocados, almonds, pecans, walnuts, olives, olive oil, and peanut oil. When eaten sparingly, they can help lower your cholesterol levels. Foods with saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, and sodium are the ones that should be avoided.
It can take some effort on the front end, but there are lots of resources out there to help, including advice from other people living with diabetes. We are also here to help you with any concerns about your diabetic foot health—an area prone to serious injury if not properly cared for. Contact Dr. Gene Reister at Richardson Podiatry Associates in Richardson, TX, by calling (972) 690-5374 today.
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