Kate Cornell was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in June of 2005. Since then, she has controlled diabetes through dietary changes, exercise, and, more recently, metformin. She shares her experiences and lessons learned here and on her blog, kates-sweet-success.blogspot.com, which was named as one of the top diabetes blogs for 2015 by Healthline.com

Are you a healthy eater? Are you sure? Many of us have made some major changes in how and what we eat since being diagnosed with diabetes, but have we truly become healthy eaters?

An ​article written by Lara Rondinelli, RD, LDN, CDE, lists some habits of both healthy and unhealthy eaters that she has observed in her practice over the last 15 years. Some of them might surprise you.

Unhealthy eaters

Many unhealthy eaters:

  • Frequently eat away from home. If you eat out three or more times per week, you may be an unhealthy eater.
  • Eat lots of processed/packaged foods. Unhealthy eaters often eat lots of chips, cookies, etc. or may be eating larger-than-prudent portions of “healthy” packaged foods such as cereal, popcorn, or pretzels.
  • Skip meals often.
  • Consume sweetened drinks, fried foods, and making frequent trips through fast-food lanes.
  • Drink large quantities of coffee or diet soda. These drinks may be replacing water. Think about this if you drink three or more diet sodas per day or consume a pot of coffee.
  • Have a snack after dinner.
  • Find lots of excuses as to why they don’t eat a healthier diet. Could that be you?

Healthy eaters

Many healthy eaters:

  • Shop weekly for groceries, stocking up on healthy foods and snacks.
  • Cook at home most of the time and pack your lunch two to three times per week. Cutting down on how many times you eat out can make a big difference in your health.
  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables! Vegetables will fill you up and help control your blood glucose.
  • Follow the rule of three. Those who eat three meals per day and have three food groups at each meal are healthier eaters. Eating a variety of foods on a regular basis makes you healthier.
  • Drink lots of water and are willing to try new foods. You should try to break out of your food routine. Don’t assume that you don’t like a certain food unless you’ve tried it recently.
  • Don't pretend to be perfect eaters. They fall off the wagon just like everyone else, but they are more apt to get back on track more quickly.

Do you recognize yourself in either of these categories, or are you a mix of both? Which habits can you start incorporating into your daily life to make your eating habits healthier? Take a moment to add your comment below.

To learn more on this topic:
Diabetic Diet: Eat Smarter, Not Less
Why the Food Industry Wants You to Eat Unhealthily
Recipes: Low-Carb Lunch on the GO