My diet has altered considerably since I was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of eleven. With a good diet and eating regimen, I am able to maintain my current healthy weight. If you aim to lose more than a stone in weight, I recommend consulting your doctor for more information on how to do so safely.
I’ve had diabetes for seven years, but I’d be lying if I said that my weight management is flawless. However, I recommend that you follow my instructions because I am familiar with what works and what does not.
Before I begin, I must state that I was raised by wonderful parents who encouraged me to eat everything, which I do! If something doesn’t appeal to you, there are plenty of other diabetic recipes and ideas that you will enjoy.
I’m a university student who prefers to buy local, fresh, and organic produce. This is significant because it has the potential to be the healthiest option for your body, containing more nutrients and vitamins than most store food.
I like to buy food at my town’s twice-weekly farmers’ market, which sells high-quality meat and dairy products as well as fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables. Another important point to remember is that eating fruits and vegetables when they are in season enhances their flavour and benefits your health.
As you can see, I am heavily influenced by Western European food (particularly France and Italy), but I do not claim to be a chef, and everything is simple to prepare and very handy.
I’ve read a lot of diet books and diabetic recipe/diet books, and I’ve come to the conclusion that it works. I combined all of the positive aspects of the diets (but not all of them) to create my own. This is what I refer to as my Juvenile Diabetes Healthy Diet!
1. Reduce snacking and then switch up the types of snacks you eat.
Although I didn’t realise it at the time, this was my worst flaw. I had little or no routine when I first started university, which made it tough to occupy my days and meant that stopping into the kitchen for a snack, no matter how healthy it seemed, was a common occurrence.
For some people, this is one of the most difficult things to do, yet creating a good routine is critical to good diabetes management. Unsalted nuts are the type of snack to consume.
Fruit that has been dried and left unsweetened.
Fruit that is still in season.
Vegetables in season (I love fresh red pepper and cucumber).
chocolate (dark) (more prosperous and more perfect, and you only want two squares usually).
2. Reduce your intake of white flour and increase your intake of whole grain carbohydrates.
This is an important aspect of your diet that can result in the most substantial weight loss. Some diets are particularly successful because they focus on this aspect. Switching to wholemeal (particularly stoneground wholemeal) is much easier than you might imagine because it is so much healthier and has so much more flavour. The variety of products available in your supermarket astounds most people.
Remember that the freshest bread with the fewest preservatives or additional substances is the healthiest bread for you. Also good is brown or basmati rice, which has a beautiful nutty texture. Whole-wheat spaghetti is ideal, and smaller young potatoes are ideal for your potatoes.
3. Put down the cocktail and pick up a glass of wine instead.
Sugar, colourants, and preservatives abound in cocktails. As a student, I’ve got enough of practise going out and not drinking drinks, so if I feel the need to drink something, I’ll have Malibu and Diet Coke, which will keep me going all night.
I can then top it off with Diet Coke (which has absolutely no sugar), giving the impression that I’m drinking Malibu; who knows. If you’re eating out, red wine is far superior to anything else you may order, and it’s been established that red wine’s antioxidants are beneficial to heart health. One glass of wine every day, with your evening meal, is recommended.
4. Start preparing extra fruits and veggies in your cuisine.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are an excellent source of all of the vitamins and minerals your body need. And while there are numerous ways to prepare veggies, I believe that raw is the best, followed by steaming. Both of these methods keep all of the natural goodness of the ingredients. I’ll follow up with another post about diabetes recipes.
5. Increase your water intake.
I know you’ve heard it a million times, but the advantages of drinking more water are numerous. The first recommendation for getting more water into your day is to keep bottles of water beside you at all times in the house or at work.
So keep one on your desk, a glass in the kitchen, a glass in the bedroom, a glass in the sitting room, and so on. If you drink all of these glasses, you’ll be well on your way to achieving your goal of 8 glasses each day. The idea is to add a glass every few days or so; if you try to drink all that water in one sitting, trust me, you won’t want to drink eight glasses again! Give it a try; you’ll be amazed at how good you’ll feel.