Busting Common Diabetes Diet Myths
There is a lot of false information about what to eat and what not to eat in order to live well with diabetes. It’s true that having diabetes does pose some challenges to everyday food consumption, but if you’re educated about the truths of dieting with diabetes, you know that you can still enjoy food by making some simple adjustments.
Some of the most common inaccuracies about food and diabetes are as follows:
Diabetes Diet Myths
· Too much sugar causes diabetes
· Too many carbohydrates cause diabetes
· Someone with diabetes can eat anything because they take medication
· Someone with diabetes can’t have any sweets
· High-protein diets are best for people with diabetes
Though these statements are false, they do contain some bit of truth. People with diabetes do need to monitor their glucose level, which poses some difficulty to everyday eating. But, “favorite foods” aren’t off-limits if forethought is exercised. There are still ways for someone with diabetes to enjoy foods—including carbs and sugar!
Diabetes Diet Modifications
· Make recipe exchanges: use artificial sweeteners, low-cal/low-fat versions, and try these ingredient replacements for even more savvy ways to “lighten” foods
· Swap carbs: if you want to enjoy extra of a carbohydrate food item(s) at a certain meal, don’t have a carb serving at a later meal (ex: have a double serving of rice at lunch but have a double serving of vegetables instead of the baked potato for dinner)
· Eat high-fiber/slow-release carbs rather than starchy white carbs: Visit this site to learn some great examples
· Plan for treats and monitor serving sizes: don’t deprive yourself of birthday cake, but be sure to account for it, and ensure that the serving sizes of treat foods are minimal to not affect your glucose levels
· Try the American Diabetes Association’s preferred method of meal planning called “Create Your Plate” for breakfast, lunch and dinner made easy.
· Visit the Focus Express Mail Pharmacy website for diabetes friendly dessert recipes
Having diabetes doesn’t necessitate a blasé diet, but it does require being smart about eating foods that agree with your unique needs. Your “food rules” depend on your specific diabetes type, medications and lifestyle. Consider meeting with a nutritionist or dietitian to plan meals and/or help you to modify your favorite recipes to versions that are better for you.
Focus Express Mail Pharmacy provides diabetes medications and supplies, as well as educational resources for people with diabetes. Call us toll-free at 1-866-403-6287 to learn how we may be able to help you.