As you may be already aware, it’s imperative that you should manage your diet in order to keep your diabetes under control. Eating smart is all about making smart food choices that not only helps keep a check on your diabetes but also are more tasty and nutritional for your body. Here’s how you can make some simple yet effective food decisions to help you manage your diabetes and health better.
- Go green, Be fruit-full
We all know the benefits that leafy vegetables offer. Greens are even more important when one has diabetes. Vegetables are rich in vitamins and nutrients. These foods are also great anti-oxidants for the body. Also, fruits that are rich in fibres such as berries are equally healthy. So, when you load your plates, fill a large part of it with fruits and veggies.
- Go easy on the meat
Try to keep the intake of meats to the very minimum. Only eating meats for the necessary proteins that are needed to the body. Avoid processed meat at all costs. Eating of red meat and processed meat can considerably increase the risk of diabetes.
- Whole grains in, refined grains out
When you have whole grains, your body gets 100% nutrition that the grains carry with them, as opposed to having refined, processed grains. Also, experiment with different types of grains such as quinoa, corn, oatmeal and brown rice, alongside wheat to add more variety to your diet.
- Kiss goodbye to sugar
Sugar is sweet but also the most dangerous enemy of your body. Stay as far away from it as possible. We all probably know that, but our temptations are irresistible. Right? Especially during celebrations and festivals. We bet some of you still have Diwali sweets in your homes and by the time, they get over, it’ll be time for Christmas.
Now, we are not saying that you stay away from sugar entirely. Well, actually, we are saying that, in a way. But, we also know that it’s practically not possible. Or so you think. To that, we say that moderation is the key. Control and manage your urges, and find a way to sweat out the calories you consume. Also, reduce the intake of sugar in daily consumables such as tea or coffee or even juices and you’ll find that with time, you’ll start enjoying your drinks with less sugar. Like we always say, it’s all in the mind. If you are determined, you can do it. You can even defeat an enemy as strong (and sweet) as sugar…
- Going Nuts
Nuts of all kinds are tasty and also nutritious. Eating nuts can have great health benefits, and studies have shown that consumption of nuts can decrease blood sugar levels. Therefore, they definitely should form one of the core components of your daily diet plan.