Managing diabetes or keeping blood sugar under control is no longer a major issue. With a proper and balanced diabetic diet, you can easily keep your blood glucose under control.
It is advisable to eat 3 meals in a day which includes a proper healthy breakfast between 7:30 and 8 in the morning, lunch at about 12:30 to 1 p.m., and dinner between 8 to 8:30 p.m.
You should also have some small snack between 3 to 3:30 p.m.
Maintain a fixed schedule for all the meals you have during the day and most importantly, never skip a meal.
It is recommended you have consistent amount of carbohydrates in your diet throughout the day.
Your has an effect on your blood sugar so be mindful of your diet and test your sugar before and after each meal and maintain a log to check for any variation in readings.
Fats are slow stomach emptying and they control the rate at which the blood glucose rises after a meal.
Oil, mayonnaise, cream, butter and avocado should be included in a diabetic diet.
On the contrary, proteins in meat, poultry fish, cheese, etc, cause the sugar go up due to its long digestion time.
The Dietary guidelines from American Diabetes Association strongly recommend the consumption of lower glycemic index cereal-based foods, plenty of cereal, bread, pastas and preferably high-fiber foods.
Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) has been proved effective in preventing diabetes, managing already existing diabetes and also in slowing the rate of developing diabetic complications.
For type 1 diabetes, breakfast should consist of 360 calories 52.5 grams carbohydrates): 1 slice toasted whole wheat bread with 1 teaspoon margarine, ¼ cup egg or cottage cheese, 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1/2 cup skim milk and ½ small banana.
For type 2 diabetes, eat a lot of vegetables and fruits. Eat non-starchy vegetables like spinach, carrots broccoli and green beans. Whole grain foods should be given preference over processed grain products. Fish can be included in diet 2 to 3 times a week.
By having a proper meal time schedule and leading a healthy lifestyle, diabetes can be kept under check.