Don’t let your diabetes eat away at you.
Diabetes is one of the top 10 causes of Australian deaths. Globally, the disease is on the rise.
A healthy diet is an important part of preventing and slowing its progression, but healthy eating is often easier said than done. Your diabetes shouldn’t consume you if you follow our five diabetes diet tips.
Diabetes Diet Tip 1: Eat a variety of foods
They say variety is the spice of life. It’s important to eat foods from all five food groups every day. This includes grains and cereals, fruits, vegies, dairy, lean meats and meat alternatives. A balanced diet covering all food groups will make sure you get different vitamins and minerals and all the nutrition your body needs.
Diabetes Diet Tip 2 – Eat and snack regularly
Make sure you eat regularly to avoid cravings and over-eating. Eating smaller meals will also help to keep your blood sugar levels in a healthy range and give you a steady supply of energy to power through the day.
Diabetes Diet Tip 3 – Don’t get low on H2O
Did you know that energy and sugar sweetened drinks can have more than six teaspoons of sugar per serve? Water is by far the best option to hydrate! A good tip is to carry a water bottle around with you as a reminder and fill it up at water refill stations. Aim for 2 litres or 8 glasses of water a day to keep your body functioning at its best.
Diabetes Diet Tip 4: Say no to sugar, you’re sweet enough
Those afternoon cravings can be tough sometimes. A good way to get around them is to make sure you have some healthy and tasty snacks on hand. Instead of chocolate, try strawberries. Instead of cake, how about a handful of almonds?
Diabetes Diet Tip 5 – Choose food that is low GI
Try to avoid foods that have a high glycaemic index (GI) like white bread, biscuits and cakes. They affect your blood sugar levels and can cause them to spike very quickly. Better options are foods like lentils, porridge, fruit or grainy breads. These foods break down slowly and give you a steadier supply of energy.
Having diabetes doesn’t have to take the fun out of eating. A bit of forward planning can help you keep your diabetes in check without giving up those tasty meals.
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