What I need to Know About Eating and Diabetes

For the newly diagnosed with Diabetes  I have started a series of “mini” articles about Diabetes and some of the things that you need to know or learn.

Since I am using information from the  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’ll follow their guide and give you a link to where you can find more information instead of searching!

Here is an excerpt:

Eating and Diabetes

You can take good care of yourself and your diabetes by learning

  • what to eat
  • how much to eat
  • when to eat

Making wise food choices can help you

  • feel good every day
  • lose weight if you need to
  • lower your risk for heart disease, stroke, and other problems caused by diabetes

Healthful eating helps keep your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, in your target range. Physical activity and, if needed, diabetes medicines also help. The diabetes target range is the blood glucose level suggested by diabetes experts for good health. You can help prevent health problems by keeping your blood glucose levels on target.

A good guide except it doesn’t have any details!

So here is some help.  For the What, When and How Much to Eat just Click Here.…go read and close the page and you will come back here to continue on!

Now for some interesting information.

If you read and found out what you needed to know and got started

(you have to do it yourself  because no one else bends your elbow and puts things in your mouth!)

then You have begun your journey to feeling better,  losing weight and lowering your risk for all those wonderful diseases brought on by uncontrolled Diabetes.

I’ll be writing more “Mini Articles” so if there is something you want to know more about, ask in the comment box and I’ll do my best to get you an answer.

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Cararta

Can You Eat Potatoes on a Diabetic Diet?

The Yummy Potato!  Missing it on your current Diet?

Don’t despair, help is here.

Potatoes actually fit into a weight loss diet with ease.  It isn’t the potato that has been the problem.  It is how it is cooked and served.

We aren’t going to list all of those don’ts.

Listen to this video by Dr. John McDougall and his view of eating Potatoes.    We’ll be back.

Lose Weight Lose Fat Control Diabetes

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To control diabetes it is necessary to lose weight and lose fat rather than muscle.

Accomplishing these goals involve planning and doing some thinking about changing your current style of living and eating.

The easiest way to accomplish this is to create your own personal plan that suits you,  include food choices that you will really eat and add what I call a diabetic meal plan, plus a Diabetic Meal Schedule to the mix along with  that dreaded word Exercise.

How to Lose Weight:  What Must I Do to Lose Weight

To lose weight is very simple, really!

Most people will disagree, however the fact is this:  to lose weight consume fewer calories than your body needs each day to maintain itself.

So, depending on your physical profile, calculate your daily minimum calorie consumption.  Here is A Free to use Calorie Calculator:  Weight Loss Calculator

The above calculator will give you a general ideal based on the information you entered as to what calories you can consume and lose weight.   Your physician or caregiver will supply you with this information….all you have to do is ask.

What is a diabetic meal plan and What Does It Do?

A diabetic meal plan is just a plan that you can create yourself, or buy a diet plan that includes a meal planner.

Sometimes Diet Cookbooks will include a week or two weeks of  planned menus based on your calorie needs..eg: 1200 calories per day or 1800 calories per day are very common.

What will a Diabetic Meal plan do for you?  It makes dieting much easier by helping you to plan your grocery shopping  for food items needed to create meals each day,  some even include information on eating out and what you can eat and stay in control of your diet.

How do Diabetic Meal Schedulers Work?

Diabetics have a problem not shared with the healthy among us who do not have the dubious pleasure of being classified as “A Diabetic.”  

Because, as a Diabetic you are dealing with a flawed digestive system, it has become a well know fact that in order to control Diabetes, You Must Control Your Blood Sugar Levels. 

This is where a Diabetic Meal Scheduler comes into its own.  To control blood sugar levels it is necessary to eat the correct proportions of healthy, recommended foods at stated intervals through out each day.

Inconvenient?  Sometimes, but skipping meals or over eating at other meals will lead to poor blood sugar control and defeat your efforts to control your diabetes.

Contrary to some popular fad diets, skipping meals is not an option for a Diabetic who wants to lose some weight (fat) and learn to live with Diabetes and control it, instead of Diabetes being in control.

Does Exercise affect Blood Sugar Control?

Adding exercise to your daily schedule is the least expensive thing you can do to insure success with your endeavor to Lose Weight, lose fat and Control Diabetes.

Walk for 30 minutes each day or ride your exercycle or get on a treadmill if you can’t walk outside for any reason.

This small amount of exercise, coupled with implementation of the above suggestions will result in weight loss, fat loss and blood sugar control.

It has also been noted that exercise is of great benefit in aiding the normalization of cholesterol, so in addition to losing weight, controlling blood sugar levels and therefore controlling Diabetes  you get a bonus.

If you feel you need more help, there are reviews of Diets and also some great Diabetic Cook Books on other pages on this site.

Just look around.

I hope this information is helpful to you and will encourage you to increase your efforts to control your Diabetes.  It is possible to do, not always easy but Very Possible.

Cararta

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