Many of us have expressed our confusion over trying to figure out what is OK to eat and what isn't. I saw this article this morning on Lifescript and thought it had some simple, but sound suggestions about how to start making healthful dietary changes. Eventually, we all need to determine what works best for our bodies, but this gives a newly diagnosed person an idea where to start.
A Dietary Checklist for People with Diabetes
By Julian Whitaker, M.D., Lifescript Alternative Medicine Expert
If you’ve just been diagnosed with diabetes, your head is probably swimming with information about the lifestyle changes you’ll need to make. That’s understandable. Diabetes is a serious condition, and successfully managing it - and even reversing it - requires significant modifications to the way you live.
First, try to squeeze in at least 30-45 minutes of vigorous exercise four or more days a week. Second, alter your diet in a way that promotes healthy blood sugar levels. To keep you on the right track as you adjust your habits, follow these simple do’s and don’ts.
•Eat plenty of vegetables and legumes (beans)
•Eat lean protein, such as fish, poultry, or tofu
•Eat healthful fats, which can be found in cold-water fish, raw nuts and seeds, and extra-virgin olive oil
•Eat modest amounts of fruit (1-2 servings per day)
•Eat too many processed foods
•Eat a lot of red meat (limit to one serving per week)
•Eat carbohydrate-dense, starchy foods such as pasta, cereals, and other grain-based foods
•Use sugar or artificial sweeteners to enhance the flavor of food, or consume products that contain these ingredients
I also recommend taking a brisk 10-minute walk after meals. This helps clear glucose out of the bloodstream and keeps blood sugar at a healthy level.
Yours in good health,
Want to learn more about diabetes control? Visit Dr. Whitaker.com.
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