Today’s blog I will discuss portion control. If I look back to the biggest reason I was diagnosed with diabetes, with all the toe amputations, and vision problems due to this disease, overeating would have to be the greatest factor to all my problems.
Sitting around eating junk food, sugar filled candy and desserts with no set portion or concept of how to eat properly really took a toll on my body. After everything that’s happened to me the last 4+ years I’ve learned quickly with the help of my doctors and fellow diabetics how to eat smart and safely.
I’ve discussed in my previous blogs about meal prep for the work week, and how to read packages for serving sizes, and how this can help develop healthy habits. Let me repeat myself, read the labels on any food you purchase. If you buy frozen vegetables and the package says 4 servings on it, that’s 4 days worth of servings. If you purchase 6 small chicken breast, that’s 6 days worth of an entrees. This kind of strict portion control can also help your budget.
The biggest portion problem for me was snacking. The majority of the snacking I was doing was done while watching TV. I just kept eating and eating with only being finished when the bag or container was empty. Those days are over, so I actually follow the portions sizes . I love peanuts, almonds, and cashews for example. If you read the can of almonds for instance, the serving size may say 28 pieces. Guess what, that’s what you eat. A typical snack for me before bed is snack nuts, a single string mozzarella stick, and two sugar free Russel Stovers chocolate candies. This snack is about 30 carbs, which my diabetic doctor said is safe.
If you want something to look forward to, pick a weekend day to maybe have a bigger portion, or something different on the menu to break the monotony. Stay away from fried foods, or sugar filled desserts. Try a salad for lunch with lite dressing and some fruit for dessert.
These are just a few examples of being more responsible for your own health. In the end, it’s up to you to eat healthy and read the labels. These may sound strict, but it’ll will help you to stay healthy and avoid further damage to your body.
My next blog I’ll talk about talking with your doctors and fellow diabetics on what insurance plans are stable for diabetics. Stay safe and healthy!