If you have diabetes, you probably know that managing your diet is essential to your health. With the right meal plan, you can control blood sugar spikes. For some, losing weight is also a priority. The following tips will help diabetics create a meal plan that is full of key nutrients.
Because diabetics need to consume certain amounts of carbs, fats, and sugars to maintain proper health, it is important that people with this condition plan out their meals. For many diabetics, counting carbs is a simple way to stay on track. Diabetics may find a food exchange chart helpful. This will allow them to switch out foods for other foods with the same number of carbs, fats, and proteins, making it easy to stay on track without strictly counting every nutrient they eat. Diabetics will also want to be prepared at all times. Keeping a snack in your bag and scheduling convenient times to check your blood sugar might seem overwhelming at first, but once you work these into your daily routine you won’t even notice them.
Refined, white carbs can cause blood sugar spikes and unhealthy fats contribute to weight gain. While it’s a good idea for everyone to limit these foods in their diet, it is especially important for diabetics. Because blood sugar spikes are dangerous in diabetics, it is best that they limit processed sugary snacks and refined carbs like white bread, white pasta, and chips. While saturated and trans fats do not typically affect blood sugar levels, consuming them in excess can make it harder to maintain a healthy weight. Since many type 2 diabetics struggle with their weight, it is best that these individuals stick to the healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, as well as omega-3 fatty acids. These healthy fats are found in avocados, nuts, oils, and seafood.
Is losing weight a goal for you? With a little bit of planning, it is possible to lose weight while managing your diabetes. In fact, losing weight can actually reduce symptoms in many type 2 diabetics! Even if you are at a healthy weight, learning proper nutrition can help you minimize other complications of diabetes, such as cholesterol and blood pressure issues. Working with a nutritionist or dietitian is a great way to help you create a diabetic meal plan that fits your individual needs.
Learn to manage your diabetes through good nutrition. Contact us today at (917) 747-1627 to schedule an appointment with Registered Dietician Traci Fields.