People with diabetes are known to be at a higher risk of developing heart-related complications. But taking steps to control diabetes must not necessarily mean living in deprivation. It should instead mean eating regularly and most importantly eating healthy. While there isn’t a one-diet-fits-all way of developing an eating plan but what you put on your plate can go a long way in managing your blood sugar levels.
Guidelines for making healthy food choices:
– Have three regular meals a day and space meals no more than 6 hours apart.
– Variety is the spice of life. Therefore, include a combination of foods like lean meat or protein, healthy fats, whole grains and low-fat dairy in your everyday meal plan.
– For in-between meals, opt for fiber-rich foods like fresh fruits, salads, brown bread, and bran cereals to keep you going.
– Drink calorie and sugar-free tea, coffee, and other beverages
– Substitute the need for sugar with its healthy alternatives like honey, figs, sugarcane juice etc.
– Practice portion control. If you’d eat more than you need, your blood glucose will rise. Have a good sense of portion and eat only as much as required.
– Skipping meals
– Eating fried, processed or food made with white flour
– Red meat, alcohol, packaged snacks
– Choosing food items that are high in sugar content like cakes, pies, chocolates, ice cream, sweetened cereals etc.
– Drinking colas, packaged juice or sodas as the high sugar content in them can interfere with your blood sugar levels
– Foods that are too salty
– Adding extra sugar to your food
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Disclaimer: The above diet has not to be designed or recommended by a medical practitioner. These are some do’s and don’ts. Consult your doctor before choosing to include it in your everyday lifestyle.