Food is one of the main factors that directly impacts blood glucose levels--and one you can control. There is not one "diabetes diet" for everyone to follow. Instead, people with diabetes should have a varied, flexible meal plan based on their lifestyle and personal needs. The key is knowing how foods, especially the foods you like to eat, impact your blood glucose levels. As long as you eat a balanced meal plan, you can eat nearly all of the things you enjoy, at least occasionally.
When you were diagnosed with diabetes, you may have wondered, "Will I have to give up my favorite foods?" The more you know about nutrition, the more options you'll realize you have. Your meal plan is not about depriving yourself of all the things you want; it's about maintaining a good blood glucose level and eating a well-rounded meal plan. So treat yourself right by making healthy choices. Your body will feel its best and your blood glucose is more likely to be in control.
- Develop a personal meal plan with your healthcare team.
- Schedule regular meal times and maintain a consistent diet to help your medication work effectively.
- When buying prepackaged food items, read the food label carefully.
- To control ingredients and limit additives, prepare meals from scratch when possible.