My dietary habits have shifted considerably since I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of eleven. I’m able to keep my present weight in check thanks to a well-balanced eating regimen. Seeing your doctor for advice on how to safely shed more than a stone of weight is a good idea if you’re serious about it.
I’ve been diagnosed with diabetes for seven years now, but I’d be lying if I said that my weight-loss strategy is flawless. However, I can tell you what works and what doesn’t based on my experience. Finally, I’d want to mention that my parents trained me to eat anything and everything, so I do! If you don’t like a certain diabetic recipe or idea, you’ll find a plethora of alternatives.
In my spare time, as a university student, I enjoy shopping locally for fresh, organic products. Because it’s the best for your health and contains more nutrients and vitamins than typical supermarket fare, I think this is a vital consideration. In my town, I go the twice-weekly farmers market, where I buy great meat and dairy products as well as locally grown produce and fruit that is in season. Remember that eating fruits and vegetables in their season not only tastes better, but also has health benefits. Although I am influenced by Western European cuisine (especially France and Italy), I am not a chef and all of my recipes are simple and convenient to make..
To my knowledge, this is the first time I’ve come to this conclusion after reading numerous diet and diabetes cookbooks. All the excellent things from various diets (but not all diets) were incorporated into my own. This is what I call my Juvenile Diabetes Diet!
What I’d call the “rules” are as follows:
When it comes to snacking, it’s best to cut back on your intake and then switch to healthier options.
Despite the fact that it wasn’t obvious to me, this was undoubtedly my greatest weakness. At the beginning of my time at university, I had little or no schedule, which made it difficult for me to fill my day and I would frequently stop by the kitchen for a snack, no matter how healthy it seemed. For some people, this is one of the most difficult things to accomplish, yet it is important to good diabetes management. In terms of what you may have as a snack: unsweetened dried fruits such as apricots and apricot nectar, as well as fresh fruits, vegetables (especially red pepper and cucumber), and dark chocolate (richer and nicer and you only want 2 squares usually).
Avoid white flour and replace it with whole grain carbohydrates.
Including this in your diet will have the most impact on your ability to shed pounds. In fact, some diets are quite successful if they only focus on this one aspect. Switching to wholemeal (particularly stoneground wholemeal) is a lot easier than you think because it’s so excellent for you and has so much more flavour. Although the bread selection at your local grocery may astound you, keep in mind that the healthiest option is the freshest, with the fewest preservatives or other substances. Also, brown or basmati rice has a wonderful nutty flavour and is an excellent option. The smaller new potatoes would be ideal for your potatoes, as would wholemeal spaghetti.
Rather than mixing drinks, switch to red wine.
Sugar, colourants, and preservatives abound in cocktails. When I’m out with friends, I usually stick to Malibu and Diet Coke since I’ve got a lot of practise with going out and not drinking drinks. Adding Diet Coke (which has almost little sugar) to the mix makes it appear as if I’m sipping Malibu. The anti-oxidants in red wine have been shown to be beneficial in maintaining a healthy heart, so if you’re dining out, red wine is the way to go (apart from water, of course!). One glass a day with dinner is the suggested serving size.
Cook additional fruits and veggies in your meals.
There are several benefits to eating a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables. There are countless ways to prepare veggies, but I prefer raw and steamed over everything else. Both of these methods retain all of their natural flavour. This piece will be followed by a post on diabetes recipes.
It’s time to hydrate!
Drinking more water has numerous advantages, as you’ve probably heard before. One way to make sure you drink enough water throughout the day is to keep water bottles beside you wherever you go, whether at home or at work. Make sure you have one on your desk, on your desk, a glass in every room of your house. All these glasses should be consumed in order to reach the recommended daily intake of eight glasses of water. The key is to gradually increase your water intake; if you try to down all eight glasses at once, you won’t be as motivated to do so in the future. Try it, you’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel.