The Best Diabetes Diet: From General To Specific

by Wendy on August 1, 2012

Diabetes can lead to complications or related health issues ranging from heart disease to obesity. At the core of all this – at the core of diabetes – is blood sugar levels. The human body is off target in its production of the glucose in the blood. The natural way to keep this malfunctioning glucose production in check is to make sure a diabetic gets the best diabetes diet possible.

But the importance of a diabetic diet not only lies in keeping blood sugar at bay, but extends to actually reversing diabetes. It all starts with the food we eat – a significant lifestyle factor that when improper may lead to the development of such diseases as diabetes.

So, what about the food we eat?

In General…

Try to go for fruits, veggies, healthy oils, and filtered water. The best diabetic diet generally leans towards nutritious food, but what sort of nutrition the food provides should also be a matter of concern. Since the core of the problem is diabetes, the best diabetes diet should be one that aims to maintain normal glucose levels in the blood. In general:

Eat plants. Eat vegetables and fruits, especially the bright green and leafy veggies. As for fruits, go for the opposite tinge of dark colored berries, as they often boast the most nutrient content. Of course, add a few bright colored fruits in the mix, and try the Avocado fruit. All tis beneficial nutrients make it a wonder fruit for diabetics.

Drink filtered water. Have tap water go through multiple and trusted filters or just don’t use the tap. Drink only filtered water that is certain to have nothing in it. Prefer filtered over mineral water. Also, if you increase your vegetable and fruit intake, you can correspondingly decrease your filtered water intake because fruits and veggies have lots of water content.

Go fish. Or you can just buy them off a supermarket. The point is, the lean protein in fish meat is good for you and your diabetic condition.

Never eat anything with refined anything. Confused? Avoid refined sweeteners and starch or flour and anything that contains them. Their high glycemic carbohydrate content can be detrimental to your glucose levels. Go for natural or wholefood alternatives.

Never eat processed food. They’re filled with the bad fats and oils, as well as all the refined sweeteners and starch we mentioned earlier.

Stay away from drugs, caffeine, and tobacco. Caffeine is the safest of the bunch but you should still avoid it. Drugs are an obvious no-no, and tobacco can aggravate or add to your health concerns that can make your condition even harder to deal with.

Now, this is all too general. How about we get into the details?

To Be Specific…

Control what you eat. The best diabetic diets are those that bring together all the beneficial nutrients needed by the body while avoiding whatever can cause rises or falls in blood glucose. If you’re just starting out your diet control, it will feel impossible to reach this stage that we are about to detail, but take it slow and eventually you’ll get there. Better yet, eventually you’ll sincerely love the healthy stuff you eat.

Control what you eat, preferably to the extent that you take every meal in the following portions: each meal should contain…

40 – 50% carbohydrates. Again, do not go for refined carbohydrates. It’s the wholefood carbs that you want. This 40 – 50% range will depend on your physical activity and how much carbohydrate content you need. Adjust the percentage to meet your energy needs, and you will require energy when you start to exercise – something all diabetics should do.

25 – 35% good fats. Bad fats include polyunsaturated and trans fats (except polyunsaturated extra virgin coconut oil). Good ones are monounsaturated fats and Omega-3. Make sure nine-tenths of the fat you intake come from fish meat and plants.

20 – 30% lean protein. Plant- and fish-based protein is better, but conventional land-based animal protein can still help with energy requirements.

6 – 9 cups of filtered water. Does this contradict the 8 glasses of water a day rule? This range includes vegetable and fruit content.

Now do you see what we mean when we say that it might look impossible to do this?

The best diabetes diet is a lifestyle-changing aspect of a diabetic’s fight against the disease. Once you start switching from regular food to healthier food, you get more energy to exercise, and then you incorporate exercise into your lifestyle change. It all leads from one to another, and though it might seem impossible to be eating something as healthy as the plate described above, it really isn’t. Take it slow and steady, as lifestyle changes tend to not work if you just dive in suddenly. Soon, you’ll see that your eating habits are being taken over by the best diabetes diet slowly but surely.

 

Wendy

Wendy

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
My name is Wendy and I'm one of the main contributors to our blog. I'm a retired elementary school teacher who's found a new passion for all things relating to health and wellness. If you feel like your body is not in the place it should be, join the club! We're here to help get you where you want to be in a long term way, and avoiding any extreme diets in the process. We believe in natural sustainable methods to reach a state of homeostasis. We want to get our body, spirit, and soul into prime shape and really start loving ourselves! Wendy's favorite product is Raspberry Ketone 1234
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