What about healthy eating? What does that really mean? The Canadian Diabetes Association suggests that people with diabetes follow the same healthy diet recommended for the general population. This involves eating a variety of foods from the 4 food groups; vegetables and fruits; grain products; milk and alternatives; meat and alternatives, with an emphasis on foods that are low in calories and high in volume to optimize feeling full and discourage overeating. Learning to use the Glycemic Index and choosing low-GI foods are also recommended. Examples of low-GI foods are beans, peas, lentils, sour dough or rye bread, barley, quinoa, oats and fruits like apples, pears and berries. Soluble fiber is also your friend as it slows digestion down thereby improving your after meal blood glucose readings. The Canadian Diabetes Association recommends 25 to 50 grams of fiber each day for adults with diabetes.
The bottom line is that there is not “a diabetes diet” or one diet that is right for everyone. Depending on your specific goals, preferences, culture, lifestyle, activity level, and/or other health concerns like your weight, blood pressure or cholesterol levels, you want your diet to be tailored to you.
Meeting regularly with your Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) will ensure that you have the most up-to-date information regarding nutrition and that your diet is helping you achieve your blood glucose targets.
Counting carbohydrates is essential if you take insulin as is adjusting your insulin doses accordingly. Please check with your doctor or CDE for assistance with insulin dosing.
It is widely agreed that eating healthily on a consistent basis is the toughest part of being diabetic. For me that is certainly true!