Nowadays everybody is on a diet. Even a 15-year old is on the latest diet that Taylor Swift is following! Liquid diet, fruit diet, vegetarian diet, vegan diet, protein diet…the list just goes on.
From youngsters to old people everyone is on a diet. Although, following a diet may not be a choice for your grandma. Different ages, different needs, different lifestyles – different diets.
But, rather than losing weight a diet should be followed for a healthy lifestyle. And sometimes, health reasons only demand (and force) that you make certain changes to your food habits. One of the most common disease that calls for such changes is diabetes.
It can be benign or dangerous, depending on how you handle it and maintain your life. If you are living with diabetes, there is bigger need to try and avoid other associated diseases such as coronary heart disease, kidney and eye disease.
Diabetes can be controlled!
With the right kind of food, you can, not only keep Diabetes under control, but you can also enjoy a normal life free of diseases!
Cutting down on the amount of saturated fat and transfat you eat is of utmost importance (more so, if you are a non-vegetarian devouring red meats). Choose monounsaturated fats instead. Olive oil, avocado oil, canola oil, nuts, seeds work like a charm! Try to eat a portion of oily fish at least thrice a week.
Bread (whole grain or whole wheat rather than white bread), vegetables (fresh veggies raw, grilled, steamed or roasted rather than fried and cooked with lots of butter, cheese and sauce), grains (like brown rice and definitely not white rice), fruits (fresh fruits and not canned ones, no fruits juices, sodas and colas. Coming to the beverages, water as usual wins the trophy! Sodas and other drinks lose out completely. Unsweetened tea is a good choice. So green tea is the best pick. If you like coffee have black or go ahead and add a little low fat milk but no sugar or sugar substitute.
You can still have alcohol!
And now alcohol – yes, you can have them! But only one 12 oz beer or one 5 oz glass of red wine or 1.5 oz distilled spirits like vodka, tequila or gin maximum twice a week.
Reduce some, replace some and avoid some.
Especially if you are overweight! You will be surprised to know how a small change can make a huge difference. Small weight loss can lead to a big reduction in the risk of diabetes.
It will also reduce your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke! Isn’t it great how you can accomplish so many things with just one minor change?
Then, there is the incentive of looking good and getting the perfect figure! And don’t forget to consult your doctor or dietician.
Don’t let this disease stop your life. Instead use it as a stepping stone towards a healthier life.