November is National Diabetes Month, so it’s only right that we discuss how to enjoy a healthier life while living with Diabetes. Generally, for someone that has diabetes, the best plan is to avoid foods that are high in sugar, salt, trans fat, and a few other things. On the other hand, it’s best to aim for foods that are high in fiber and protein. Let’s break down what to avoid, and what not to avoid.
Cut back on the Sodium
People living with diabetes are already at higher risk for heart disease, and eating too much salt raises your blood pressure, which can also contribute to that. It’s suggested that you limit salt intake to 1 teaspoon a day. However, many processed foods already contain sodium, so make sure to look out for any salt that might be sneaking its way into your diet.
Swap out Red Meat
Processed red meat, such as beef, bacon and ham, are linked to heart disease and cancer. Instead, try swapping them out for high protein and fiber options, such as eggs, lentils, poultry, fish, and unsalted nuts. These options are much healthier for your heart and still provide you with plenty of omega-3 oil.
Reduce Saturated Fats
Fats do play an essential role in our diets, but not saturated fats. Healthy fats come from olive oil, oily fish, seeds and unsalted nuts, and sunflower oil. On the other hand, saturated fats can be found in foods such as processed meats, butter, and pastry snacks. Make sure you’re monitoring your saturated fat intake, as these fats can lead to higher cholesterol.
Eat Carbs that are High in Fiber
Carbohydrates are not always the bad guy. Carbs that are low in fiber such as cereal and white bread provide little nutrition. However, carbs high in fiber, such as whole grains, fruits and veggies, and chickpeas, are a good alternative.
In addition to making these adjustments to your diet, you should also cut back on alcohol, as well as making sure to stay active. Also, make sure you’re paying attention to nutrition labels, as well as “planning your plate.” Living with Diabetes can be challenging, but it is very possible. If you’re looking for more tips on how to balance your blood sugar, check out our previous post here!