Tonight I will discuss how presently I’ve kept my A1c between 5.0-5.3 in the last two years. First thing, I generally don’t cheat. Don’t get me wrong, around the holidays I might eat a piece of cake, or snacks I shouldn’t have. It’s the amount of days and portions that matter. If you partake at a family gathering, then the next day go back to your set meal plan and schedule.
Every week I prepare my meals on Sunday for the week. I make my meals for every day I’m at work. My boss has been very understanding and allows me to eat twice a day when the schedule demands it. The process of preparing your meals takes about one and a half hours. That’s not too much time to eat healthy. It also a good way to control your portions. I usually rotate between chicken and pork with the occasional fish . Never fried! You spread out the main course for seven days. Once you get used to a routine, you’ll find what works best for you. I eat a small portion of chicken for example ,a vegetable and a vegetable pasta or brown rice. Go to the dollar store and get some small microwave dishes that you can easily stack in your fridge. This will prevent you from eating more if you prepare the meals everyday. On the days you’re able to eat dinner at home you could have some diabetic ice cream. Halo top is great!
I prepare breakfast everyday. I alternate between eggs and oatmeal. With the eggs you can have some low fat cheese for an omelet and some turkey sausage which is low in fat. Watch and follow the portions. I also have some peanuts with my breakfast and fresh fruit. Blueberries and Strawberries are good choices because they help control your blood sugar.When preparing your oatmeal you can put the fruit in with it. Make sure it’s whole grain oats or steel cut oats. A few low sugar animal crackers are a good add on. I also recommend using Stevia sweetener since it is natural and from a plant. Avoid artificial sweeteners because they will affect your sugar numbers. My diabetes doctor said it better to eat foods with low sugar instead of artificially sweeteners. Read the labels when you buy any food. If it’s a paragraph long of ingredients, forget it.
The last meal of the day can be your midnight snack. Have a low fat string mozzarella stick, almonds and maybe a small potion of diabetic candy. Russell Stovers makes great chocolate candies that you can have two of. You should eat four times a day, every three to four hours. This how I keep my numbers so good. A little exercise also helps!
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