If you have diabetes, it means that your body cannot use sugar the way it was meant to be used. A normal person’s pancreas makes insulin that helps their body use sugar that they take in when they eat. If you have diabetes then your pancreas either does not make enough insulin or does not make any at all and so you need help to make sure that the sugar in your bloodstream does not get to be too much. One way to do that is to follow diabetic diet menus.
Diabetic diet menus will help keep your blood sugars stable along with the medication your doctor has prescribed whether it be an oral anti-diabetic agent or insulin shots.
The first thing you need to do is go over everything with your doctor and make sure you understand what you need to do to keep your body in good working order, so you can minimize the adverse effects of diabetes. There are many, so do what you can to take care of yourself. Working closely with your doctor you should be able to manage your disease without too much trouble.
Diet is very important and your doctor may refer you to a dietitian to help plan out what you should and should not eat. There are foods that will help maintain relatively steady blood sugars and foods that will make your blood sugar spike. Certain carbohydrates are your enemy. A dietitian will help you sort things out and get you on the right track.
Processed foods and refined sugars can actually make your diabetes worse. This is according to the Harvard School of Public Health. The HSPH recommends you choose healthy, low-glycemic index foods like whole grains, oatmeal, brown rice, nuts, beans, and legumes, and lots of fruits and vegetables like asparagus, spinach, and broccoli, tomatoes, cherries, and peaches.
Starchy foods like potatoes, bananas, and corn are not recommended. Starchy foods are too readily converted to simple sugars in your body and will spike your blood sugars making it more difficult to regulate them.
It is also recommended that you never skip meals and, if possible, eat five small meals a day with the same number of carbohydrates at each meal. If this is not possible then make sure that you have some healthy snacks available to eat between your three main meals each day.
Making a weekly menu will help you plan all the meals that you will eat each week. This makes your grocery shopping trip so much easier because you have everything planned already, so you can just make your shopping list from your menu plans. You will have everything you need to make the meals you want to eat, no more trying to decide what to eat at the last minute.
Each week you will have your diabetes diet menus posted in the kitchen, so you can track what you are eating and see, at a glance, if any changes need to be made.