Best Nutrition Practices for Diabetes
Nutrition has a huge impact on blood sugar management. Whether you have type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes your food choices make a huge difference. Today, I’ll provide you with a few real life tips that you can integrate related to nutrition and exercise to help with blood sugar management.
Stop Drinking Your Carbohydrates if You Have Diabetes
First off, please stop drinking your carbohydrates. That regular soda that sugary coffee drink can have 45 to 60 G of carbohydrate! That’s about as much as someone should consume in a meal and you’re having it just in a drink. Something else you can do to really help blood sugar management is to eat consistently.
Do you find yourself frequently skipping meals or in the office break room holding yesterday’s doughnut? If so, maybe you should plan ahead for success. Try packing a lunch the night before, or even buying a pre-made salad at the grocery store for an easy on-the-go option.
Balance Your Eating Plan
The next tip for balancing blood sugars would be to try to find some balance in your eating plan. Instead of viewing foods as good foods or bad foods, try to find balance in protein, carbohydrates and fats. If we tend to think of foods as bad foods we might overindulge on them when we feel like we’re restricting. So instead if you’re craving a doughnut have one doughnut, but maybe you pair it with an egg, or go for a walk after breakfast. What about you’re at a pizza party and you really want that slice of pizza? Maybe you order an entree salad to eat first and then enjoy one or two pieces of pizza, but make sure you eat slow eat mindfully and most importantly, enjoy the company of those you’re with.
Stay Active to Control Your Diabetes
Finally the last tip would be, move your body. How often have we heard a physician say, “Just work on exercise.” But what does that actually mean? Why not try something new! Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, kickboxing… Whatever it might be, just get out and move! If you feel like you’re struggling, try to recruit support. Look to friends, family or even neighbors to walk together, try a new DVD or even go to the park.
Diabetes and blood sugars is a very complex issue, but try incorporating some of these easy tips into your everyday life and see if you can find some good results. I challenge you today, after dinner go for a 15-minute walk and check your blood sugar two hours later. That might be the encouragement you need to get your body moving!
Consider scheduling with a CHI Health Registered Dietitian for help with a nutritional plan.
Ellen Thomsen, MS, RD, LMNT, CDE is a clinical dietitian at CHI Health, working in Oncology and Functional nutrition. Ellen helps patients improve nutrition habits during cancer treatment and beyond. She is a group fitness instructor at the CHI Health Lakeside Wellness Center and enjoys helping people of all fitness abilities be active. Ellen is passionate about helping patients improve their lives through nutrition, activity and stress management.