Tips to Lower & Control Blood Sugar

Tips to Lower & Control Blood Sugar

Take Small Steps Toward a Healthy Eating Plan 

You likely know all too well that choosing healthy foods for meals and snacks is an important part of taking care of your diabetes and your overall health. When it comes to eating healthfully with diabetes, today’s nutrition guidelines from the American Diabetes Association (Diabetes Care, November 2013) are in sync with how all Americans are being encouraged to eat.ss1_101802073_0[1]There’s not a one-size-fits-all “diabetic diet” or eating plan. If you’ve got some work to do on your food choices and eating habits, take a one-step-at-a-time approach to making changes. Change what’s easiest for you at first. Get a few successes under your belt. Then it will become easier to make more changes over time. Don’t be hard on yourself. This is all hard work in our food-focused world.Need some assistance? Find a registered dietitian or diabetes educator to work with at a local diabetes education program. If you don’t have access to these professionals, think about joining Weight Watchers; look for a program at your local community center, YMCA, or place of employment; or get a few friends or neighbors together and start a support group.Your healthy eating plan should help you get to or stay at a healthy weight. Start with a few of these suggestions:• Continue to include the foods you enjoy, but in healthful-size portions. • Include healthy sources of carbohydrate: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and low-fat dairy foods. These foods are excellent sources of many vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. • Lighten up on added sugars and sweets. Cut down on sugary drinks, breakfast pastries, candy, and desserts. You can continue to enjoy small portions on occasion. • Trim and skim your fat grams. Use less salad dressing, mayonnaise, sour cream, cream cheese, and other sources of saturated fat. Fat is a very concentrated source of calories. • Minimize the amount of salt and sodium you eat. Use fewer processed foods, and cut down on restaurant meals. Use less salt in cooking and at the table.Source: Diabetic Living