While doctors and their treatment plans vary as much as the doctors themselves, the one thing everyone agrees on is that the key to managing and even preventing diabetes is having a healthy diet and exercising regularly. While our busy schedules don’t always allow for going to the gym or the weather outside won’t let you go walk or play a game of basketball – the one thing you always have control over is your diet. Making good choices when it comes to meal planning is the key to getting starting either managing your diabetes or preventing it all together.
Meal planning starts with serving sizes. Having the right portions of the right items will trigger your body into lowering your blood sugar more naturally. The My Plate Method is what The American Diabetes Association recommends and they have an online interactive tool you can use to help guide you on your way. Make sure to consult your healthcare team before making any changes to your diet. They will tell you what your calorie and carbohydrate intake should be based on things like your age, weight, activity and glucose levels.
Watching your serving sizes will also help you lose weight. By choosing better options, your body will begin to function more efficiently and not only work to lower your blood sugar but also shed extra pounds. Lean chicken is always a healthier option over a greasy burger. Except for your tongue – it might grieve the loss of the burger more than your midsection.
Things to remember when planning a meal –
Sometimes just changing the mindset from living to eat to eating to live will make these changes more bearable. No one wants to give up their favorite foods – but if your favorite food is pizza and wings, etc. then this change will need more willpower than most – but it’s so worth it and there are delicious options out there – go have fun with your food!
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