One of the biggest challenges faced when a person searches for a diabetic food guide is determining which of the few suggestions is right for their system. If the diabetic shares meals, such as with a spouse, children and / or friends, there is one basic rule to follow. Make a list of what each person likes to eat, including yourself, and cross off all the things that are wrong for you. Diabetics have a great success rate with their diet when everyone in the family eats the same food. The advantages are clear.
There is less work when preparing meals.
There are no tempting sugar-laden desserts and snacks hanging around.
Healthy meals are better sources of nutrition for family members.
A diabetic diet plan is built of foods that control blood glucose, typically thought of as blood sugar. It is easier to think in terms of carbohydrates and their numbers. Keeping consumption below a certain number keeps the blood sugar levels in check. Fats and proteins are also monitored, although not as closely as carbs. Do does this mean good food has come to an end? No! It indicates a need for more activity and a change in cooking methods.
Spice it Up!
Take advantage of different herbs and spices to flavor your foods and fight a spike in blood sugar. Sage, thyme and ginger deliver exotically delightful tastes in meat, vegetables, fish and rice. Cinnamon tastes good and is like aromatherapy for your appetite with its welcoming fragrance. Studies have shown that type 2 diabetics that take a half-teaspoon of cinnamon every day reduce:
Blood sugar levels.
Overall cholesterol levels.
Learn to Trade
Similar to other diet plans, trading is allowed. If there is a particular food you loathe, determine its nutrient content and find something in the same group (carbs, proteins or fats) with the same value. The freedom to exchange makes it so much easier to stay true to your menu plan, with the life-giving result showing your blood sugar is within the target range and under control.
Do not fall into the trap of thinking you can never eat cake, pie or other sweets again. Make them an occasional treatment, if you like, by exchanging them with another carbohydrates, such as rice. Keep the carb count under the maximum for the day.
Stay Honest with Portion Control
If your dish set consist of large bowls and plates, put them away and get a normal size for everyone to use. The same holds true for the silverware. A huge fork and spoon hold much more than the average table setting, although your mind will convince you it is "just" a spoonful or forkful.
Put veggies like spinach, broccoli and squash (no butter!) On half of a regular plate. Add a piece of chicken or fish to a fourth of the plate, and add beans or brown rice to the final quarter. Set a piece of fresh fruit between the two to give the impression of "full to overflowing".
Avoid Saturated Fats
You will find almost every diabetic food guide will caution against preparing and consuming fatty meats and fried foods. As a diabetic, healthy eating is a matter of life and death. You have more than twice the likelihood of developing heart disease, so avoiding scheduled fats is important.