Food and Diabetes: What Can I Eat?

Food and Diabetes: What Can I Eat?


Hi, I’m Ansley and today we’re going to
cover seven guidelines for how people with diabetes can eat a healthy diet—specifically, how to
eat the foods that you love while still keeping your diabetes in control. The first thing to know is that there isn’t
a diabetes-specific diet- there are many healthy ways to eat and what works for some people
may not be right for others. What a healthy diet is for you may change
over time too. There is nothing magic about a low-carb diet,
a low-fat diet, a vegan diet. The right diet for you is the one that keeps
your numbers (your A1c, your cholesterol and your blood pressure) in a safe place. Often the most successful diet is just a modification
of the foods that you usually eat. Second, don’t drink your calories. A good rule of thumb is that other than milk,
you never want to drink a calorie. That means avoiding beverages like soda, fruit
juice, energy drinks or sweet tea—all of these have added calories and carbs that can
cause weight gain. Third, a healthy diet for everyone, not just
people with diabetes, is centered on fruits and vegetables, lean protein and whole grains. If most of what you eat falls in these categories,
you’re in a good place. Fourth, keep an eye on portion sizes. How much you eat can have an even bigger impact
on your blood glucose than what you eat. As you learn how to estimate healthy portion
sizes, you may want to start by measuring your food. Over time, you’ll be able to guesstimate
using simple guidelines like these and you can download this PDF from our website. Fifth, learn more about the meals and snacks
that you eat by reading food labels. Recognizing the amounts and type of carbohydrates,
fiber, fats and calories, can give you a better understanding of how the meal will affect
your diabetes and your health. Sixth, use your meter to figure out what’s
right for your body. The way to know which foods will keep your
blood glucose in your target range is to use your meter… it can help you see how different food choices affect your blood glucose. Test before a meal and then two hours afterwards. Last, Seek out an expert. It’s a great idea to see a diabetes educator
or a dietitian who specializes in diabetes to personalize your meal plan based on your
specific health issues, as well as your lifestyle and what you like to eat. And that’s the basics of eating a healthy
diet with diabetes. Thanks for watching—see you next time

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