A healthy diet can help you prevent, control and even reverse diabetes and this often starts in the kitchen! If you have diabetes, making sensible food choices is essential to protect your health long-term. Many people diagnosed with diabetes have to come to terms with new eating habits. It often involves saying goodbye to old favorites but some creativity in the kitchen can introduce you to new, tasty and healthy options.
If you have type 2 diabetes, it is important to maintain healthy blood glucose levels and a healthy weight. A diabetes diet needs to focus on the following:
- Less sugar
- Less salt
- Less saturated fat
- Less calories from fat and sugar
- More fiber
Since most restaurant and fast food options won’t help much with these rules, you will need to be creative in your kitchen to monitor what you eat. There are some easy ways to modify recipes that won’t affect the way food tastes, increases your options for yummy food and keeps you healthy.
- Use egg whites instead of whole eggs
- Use unsweetened applesauce instead of oil
- Add spices and vanilla to replace the amount of sugar used
- Use olive oil instead of butter
- Use sodium-free stocks and broth
It always helps to have support, so look for groups in your community or online that are having fun in the kitchen while managing diabetes. Diabetes can unfortunately have damaging affects on feet as well. If you are in need of diabetic foot care, please contact Dr. Harvey Danciger, podiatrist in Palm Desert, CA. Call (760) 568-0108 to make an appointment today.