Food for diabetes to eat: What can I eat if I have diabetes?
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If you're like me, when you were diagnosed with diabetes for the first time, everyone knew everything and told you what you could or could not eat, right? Most of them had no idea, they only told you what they had heard of someone whose cousin of his brother's wife had diabetes and she said you could not have eaten. Sounds familiar?
Well, today I'm not going to tell you what foods you should or should not eat. I'm going to give you a guide to make smart choices at the grocery store. Today I want to guide you through the store and give you some advice. Advice from someone who had to discover through research and trial and error about good options to eat with diabetes.
So let's take a little trip to the local supermarket and get some food for the week, okay?
The first thing I come to my grocery store are cakes and pies. I never understood why we have to eat our food to get to the desert, but the desert is the first thing I see in the store. It is often a struggle, but I pass the cakes and cakes to reach the fruit.
When you think about fruit, there's really nothing off the table when it comes to fresh fruit. Sure, some are better than others, but you really do not need to cut anything when it comes to fruit. I could suggest strawberries, dates and tomatoes. Yes, a tomato is a fruit. If you prefer to put them on your vegetable list, that's fine too. These are on my Super Food list. If you have not seen that video, go take a look. Actually any fresh fruit or berries is a great option.
Even when you go to the frozen section, frozen fruit without additives is a great option. Even canned fruit can be a good option if you do not have a good fresh selection or if you need to adjust the budget this week. Just make sure you do not get canned fruit in thick syrup.
Let's talk about vegetables now. Again, most fresh vegetables are at stake for you. There are some with whom we have to be careful. In the potato family, I suggest sweet potatoes. There are much better than russets. Super Food is also on my list. Look for green leafy vegetables. I would suggest kale (Super Food) and maybe stay away from the iceberg lettuce, it's very low in nutrients. But almost any green leaf is at stake. Fresh or frozen vegetables are great for you. Just avoid canned vegetables with many additives, especially sodium. This is one of the reasons why you want to spend the pickles.
While here in this area, let's talk about beans. I am a firm believer that beans are a superfood. You pick them up, kidneys, pintos, greens, beans are good, grab some cans, you'll thank me later.
The meat aisle is up. There are many people who will tell you to pass in front of the meat. I'm not one of them. I believe in a low glycemic load diet and the meats have a glycemic load of zero. Which means that they have no impact on blood sugar at all.
I suppose the reason why many want you to stay away from meat is the fat content. The meats are fine. Go with thinner cuts if you want, but get that steak or that ground angus meat and to the east. Of course, fish is a great option, fresh fish is actually one of my super foods. The chicken and the turkey are also good. Being a person with diabetes does not mean you can not eat red meat.
That aisle of dairy products is approaching. Do you like yogurt? Greek yogurt is another one of my super foods and it's fantastic. Brighten, add your own ingredients. Some of those strawberries that we already have and maybe nuts in the future, now that's good.
When it comes to milk, I am a fan of 2% and the glycemic load is 4. With regard to cheese, it is your choice, but I would personally stay with the hard cheeses.
Nuts? I am convinced that nuts are the best food in general for you. I know they are expensive, that's why when I can find them for sale or buy them in bulk, I take the opportunity. Stored correctly, they can last for a while. Peanuts (well, actually they are legumes), almonds, most tree nuts are fine.
OK, the dreaded bread aisle. Now, I might be the only person on the planet with diabetes to tell you this, but white bread is fine. Its glycemic load is 10. The glycemic load of whole wheat bread is 9. They are very similar, since they do not affect the level of blood sugar as much as others think. If you like white bread, take white bread. Pumpernickel is actually a better choice than whole wheat.
Forget something? Oh, breakfast? EGGS! Eggs are a safe superfood! Get a dozen and you can take 2 each morning for breakfast. On the 7th day, have lunch. Eggs with a small toast and sausages, maybe even a bowl of oatmeal.
Video credits to The Diabetes Council YouTube channel