Today I want to talk about how to make safe eating choices at the supermarket as a diabetic. Did you ever notice the healthiest foods are at the outer part of the store? All the processed garbage tends to be in the middle. You never see a logjam at the produce area, meat department or dairy sections. There are some healthy choices in the center of the store, but you have read the labels of the food you’re eating. There are foods you should avoid, and there’s always the temptation to fall back on bad habits, unless you just keep reminding yourself of the damage that can be done to your body. In my case specifically the eyes and feet.
The most important thing you can do is read the labels of every food you’re buying. My diabetic doctor always says if it’s a paragraph long, don’t eat it. Processed foods contain so many additives,preservatives, and high fructose corn syrup, which are a definite mistake for a diabetic to eat. Watch out also for products with high carbs, salt and sugar in their foods.
Foods with high carbs will raise your blood sugar. Avoid white breads, bagels, and cakes. If you like bread, and want a healthier alternative, try whole wheat of whole grain breads. They’ll keep your blood sugar levels under control versus white breads that will raise your blood sugar levels. The portions you eat should be kept to a small amount. Everything in moderation.
Secondly, stay away from frozen foods with a high salt content. Many diabetics like myself have high blood pressure, and eating processed frozen foods aren’t a good choice for meal time. I also use unsalted butter when preparing to cook my eggs or eating a whole wheat english muffin.
Finally, it goes without saying that foods with high sugar content should be avoided. The good news is that fresh fruit is always an option. The best fruits for controlling and not spiking your blood sugar are Apples, all berries, and grapes. Stay away from dried fruits. They will spike your blood sugar levels. Fresh fruit is always better, but as always watch your portions.
They’re are many sugar free frozen desserts available. Try to eat the ones with Stevia and monk fruit as sweeteners. They are plant based. Halo top is a great ice cream with Stevia with many varieties.There are also sugar free candies that also use these sweeteners. Russell Stovers makes great tasting chocolate candies with Stevia. They also have many different flavors. Just remember to watch your portions.
I hope these suggestions are helpful and remember eat smart.
My next blog will deal with more healthy tips for safe diabetic living. Stay safe and healthy!