There is more to managing diabetes than counting all the carbs. Now, this diet information may seem a little different than what you usually see. But, these changes can be great for your health.
There are a couple of flaws in the regular diet prescription, especially for diabetes type 2. Therefore, we highly suggest ‘real food’ to keep type 2 diabetes under control. So, this is the type of food we highly suggest you consume if you want to manage type 2 diabetes.
Here is where you should start.
Here are the foods you should eat if you want to manage type 2 diabetes. First, we will start with proteins. Every diabetes meal should contain a sufficient amount of proteins. Proteins are necessary for producing energy and helping the creation of new cells.
Seafood is rich in omega-3. Which is why we highly recommend that you eat fresh abalone, mussels, lobster, shrimp, clams, crab, crayfish, oysters, prawns, scallops, etc. Moreover, fish like cod, tuna, salmon, eel, mackerel, red snapper, etc. will be a great addition to your menu.
Therefore, don’t hesitate to eat more seafood.
Many people with diabetes believe that they can’t eat pork. However, that is not true. Pork contains healthy fats, and it can be great for the overall health. But, to obtain these benefits, you should consume this meat in moderation.
Also, we suggest that you consume loin, lean cuts of pork, or pork chops.
There have been many debates whether people with diabetes should or shouldn’t consume eggs. However, we highly suggest that people do consume them. Eggs are a great source of protein which is why they are crucial for the overall health.
As a result, we suggest that you eat goose, chicken, quail, and duck eggs.
Lean meats such as beef steak or lamb steak can be a great healthy addition to your menu. But, you have to pay attention to the way you cook the meat. Try to use healthy oils to prevent the blood sugar from increasing.
Also, combine the lean meats with some tasty veggies of your choice.
Consuming dairy can be tricky for people with diabetes, but for type 2, it may not be as problematic. Therefore, we suggest that you eat cottage cheese, plain Greek yogurt, and cheddar with reduced salt.
Many people avoid eating beef, chicken, lamb, or pork livers. Also, they stay away from hearts, tongues, and brains. However, these meats are an amazing source of both minerals and vitamins. Therefore, we suggest that you try eating them from time to time.
Carbohydrates are crucial for managing diabetes. Therefore, we highly suggest that you consume plenty of them on a daily basis.
Vegetables are on the top of the list for managing diabetes. Moreover, they contain plenty of minerals and vitamins which can be extremely beneficial for the overall health.
Some of the best vegetables you can eat are bell peppers, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, celery, cucumber, cauliflower, eggplant, green onions, beets, leeks, onions, asparagus, tomatoes, cabbage, kohlrabi, carrots, etc.
Other types of veggies that are also important for managing diabetes are the green leafy veggies. As a result, we suggest that you eat: kale, alfalfa, seaweed, lettuce, mustard greens, spinach, collard greens, beet greens, etc.
Here are the best herbs that can help manage diabetes: basil, bay leaves, chives, dill, lavender, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon, thyme, etc.
When it comes to spices, we strongly believe that natural spices are the best way to go. The best ones for keeping diabetes in check are cumin, ginger, cinnamon, garlic, and nutmeg. Of course, you can use more spices, but these offer the best health-boosting benefits.
Making porridge is great. Therefore, we suggest that you use quinoa and brown rice with whole oats. However, eat only half a cup in one serving. Otherwise, it may be too much.
It is a good idea to eat low-carb noodles such as konjac and kelp noodles. They are very thin and a great substitute for pasta.
Legumes and beans are a great source of protein. Therefore we highly suggest that you implement chickpeas, red lentils, lima beans, navy beans, fava beans and so forth to your diet.
People with diabetes may have a hard time picking the right-sugar free product. After all, sugar may affect the blood sugar levels. Therefore, we suggest that you pick healthy sugar substitutes that will not increase the blood sugar level.
The best natural sweetener out there is definitely honey! But, if you want something more, we suggest cocoa, vanilla, and cinnamon. According to recent studies, cocoa can help manage the blood sugar levels and prevent obesity.
With that in mind, you can definitely consume chocolate that is 70% cocoa or more. However, always eat in moderation. Otherwise, it will not have the same effect.
There are many snacks that people with diabetes can munch on. Some of the best ones are:
Fats are not that bad. In fact, monounsaturated fats can be great for balancing the cholesterol and blood glucose levels. Therefore we highly suggest you eat oils such as avocado, olive, sesame, hazelnut, and almond.
Furthermore, consume more seafood, nuts, and avocado to get the sufficient amount of healthy fats the body needs. Another interesting way to add more healthy fats to your meals is to add seeds and nuts to the salad.
They give the salad a crunchy and delicious taste.