A person with diabetes can eat anything, but keeping blood sugar stable is an important priority for health. There are some foods that will spike the blood glucose, so it is better to eat those foods in moderation or avoid them when possible. Here is a list of the four big food types which one of our diabetic friends tries to avoid, and the reason(s) why: (Note: this is one person’s opinion and provided as a starting point for your own discovery if you are new to managing your diabetes.)
I must say reducing white flour in my diet has been the best thing to do for managing my diabetes. Since switching to the wholemeal, stoneground and brown varieties my levels have been much more stable and I feel much healthier. The wholegrain flours that stay in your system for a long while are much better for you than the one’s that will make your sugar levels peak.
After a while, my body started to show almost exactly the same symptoms to eating white flour as it did to having a high sugar level, I felt nauseated and had a huge headache. This has certainly helped me not to eat it any more, and I hope that you will strive to cut it out and see how much better brown flour can make you feel.
Alcohol has a bizarre effect on your body, and although I must say I have never had more than about 3 units of alcohol in one night, I do know something about them.
Alcohol causes your sugar levels to rise and then suddenly plummet. But mostly, when you are consuming alcohol you start to lose responsibility for yourself, which means for example that you will probably fall asleep without having checked your sugar levels, or something much worse could happen.
The key to going out drinking alcohol is to put a limit on yourself, allow yourself a set amount, and know when to stop before you start to lose control of yourself. It is also important to drink things that aren’t packed with sugar, so for example, brightly coloured drinks are usually packed with sugar, but a glass of red wine has much less.
This is something that is apparently in everything we buy pre-packaged in the supermarkets today, or at least that is the way it seems. Reading the packet labels is so off-putting sometimes, but very helpful.
If you are a person that enjoys microwave meals, spare the time to check the ingredients list on the back, if glucose or fructose or sucrose is on there in any form don’t buy it, after all why should a savoury meal have sugar in it?
Organic foods will usually have a much more natural form of sugar in them, and usually less also, so if you can afford it, buy these. Another way is simply to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables in large quantities, which you can be sure have no added sugars at all. Alson, be careful with dried fruits, as some of these have been heavily sweetened with sugar.
Takeout or fast food
The problems with takeout food are immeasurable, and these problems are further increased for people who have to stick to a ‘diet’ for medical reasons. There is a big problem with each specific type of takeaway, but I will also mention what things you can order if you have to.
These meals are full of added sugars, and occasionally, monosodium glutamate. Everything you eat will probably be covered in sticky sauces, and these are the main problem. Things you could order from the menu are chow mein or pancake rolls, anything you know will not be served with anything remotely sticky.
This kind of food can vary depending on the restaurant. Some places will serve naturally found and cooked food, and others will serve you things with all sorts of added flavour enhancers and sugars. It is the hidden sugar contents in the sauces of any curry (especially mild curries, like korma) that you need to be particularly wary of, and the white rice and naan bread.
So, when you making your selections go with a medium spicy curry, and then cook your own brown rice at home to go with it.
White flour and high levels of fat are the two main problems here. These high levels of fat are the real problem because it is quite hidden within the pizza, and can last all evening. What has happened to me several times is that I have eaten pizza at about 7pm and then checked my sugar level at 9pm which was absolutely perfect.
I have then gone to bed and woken up in the morning with a very high level due to the amount of fat needing to be processed overnight. So when ordering from a pizza place, go for the salad, or get a range of starters like chicken wings or corn on the cob.
You’ll need to work out what works for you as a diabetic – keep an eye on your glucose levels, make a note of what works and what gives you problems. You may also find that you can “get away” with certain foods at lunchtimes when you’re going to be active, but that they don’t work when eaten in the evenings.
Keep records, check levels and above all enjoy eating!
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