Dietary Tips for New Diabetics

Diabetes does not mean the end of enjoying your food. While it is true that you will need to limit your consumption of foods that contain simple carbohydrates, this means there is room to explore new foods that you’ve never enjoyed in the past. Along the way, you will also pick up some helpful dietary diet tips that help to ensure you continue to enjoy good health.

Green is the Thing

Green vegetables will be a staple of your new way of eating. Include green beans when possible, since they are very low in carbohydrates. Some beans, such as limas, do have more carbohydrates, so include them sparingly. When it comes to dark green leafy vegetables like collards, kale, or turnip greens that contain no appreciable amount of carbs, feel free to indulge. Along with being low in carbohydrates, these leafy vegetables also contain plenty of fiber and the nutrients you need to fuel your body properly.

Rethink Portions

A good rule of thumb is to use a plate that is designed with a wide outer rim. For a standard meat and three vegetable meal, select a lean mean that is baked or broiled. Add a tablespoon of each of the three vegetables, making sure that the servings do not touch one another, and that they do not come in contact with the rim. Chew slowly, since that gives your stomach time to tell your brain that you’ve had enough. Best of all, you will have the energy you need and your blood glucose readings will remain within a healthy range.

Yes, You Can Have Dessert

One thing you must understand is that having your favorite dessert is not completely off the table. You can still have a piece of pie or cake. The thing to remember is that you can only do this once in a great while, and the serving size must be reasonable.

In other words, allow yourself to have a sliver of cake once a week. Eat it slowly and savor every bite. While this will cause an increase in blood glucose, limiting the portion size to a sliver will minimize the effect. The benefit of allowing yourself this occasional treat is that you are less likely to feel deprived, and more likely to stick with your diet the rest of the week.