Why does it feel like I'm always eating the wrong foods that a diabetic shouldn't eat?
There are no “wrong” foods or foods that you can’t ever eat when you have diabetes, but of course, it’s best to make sure you’re making healthy food choices as often as you can. One quick and simple way to help you with this is to use the “plate method” as a guide. Here’s how it works: picture your plate (hopefully it’s not too much larger than 9 inches in diameter!) in four sections: fill one section with non-starchy vegetables. These are low-calorie, low-carb vegetables like broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, peppers and green beans. Fill another section with a small piece or small portion of fresh fruit – an apple, an orange, some blueberries, or some chunks of melon, for example. Fill another section with a whole-grain carbohydrate food, such as brown rice, a sweet potato, whole grain pasta or whole wheat bread. Fill the last section with skinless chicken or turkey, lean red meat, fish (not fried), tofu or eggs. Add a teaspoon or two of trans-fat free margarine, olive oil or nuts. On the side, add a glass of nonfat or lowfat milk or 6 ounces of light-style yogurt. It’s okay to treat yourself once in a while to a dessert -- ice cream or a small piece of cake , for example – just make sure to count this treat as part of your carb allotment for the meal. Keep in mind that the more processed or packaged foods you eat, the less healthy they tend to be. This doesn’t mean that you can’t grab a frozen meal or a can of soup once in a while, but it does mean that the more you prepare meals yourself, the better the choices you’ll be making. Finally, if you’re still feeling stuck, consider meeting with a dietitian for a few sessions. Healthy eating really does get easier over time!