Today I will continue my anti fast food and processed food rant. Most of these foods are high in salt, sugar, fat and are prepared fried. Basically, take them off your menu.
The average fast food burger joint prepares burgers with less meat, and more filler. Then there’s the french fries, milkshakes, and don’t forget the chicken nuggets, which are fried. All these foods are high in fat and sugar, so say goodbye to the slop, and prepare your own foods.
Cook foods like grilled or roasted chicken, roast pork, or grilled fish. Instead of fries and a shake or soda, prepare vegetables, and drink lots of water.
Prepare these meals up to at least four days a week, so you can control your portions, and there will less of a temptation to pick up something fast and unhealthy.
Make fresh fruit part of each meal as a healthy dessert. Watch the portions! If you enjoy Ice cream, try a healthy choice like Halo Top, which uses a natural plant based sweetener like Stevia.
Processed foods should also be avoided as much as possible. My diabetic doctor always says, if it’s the ingredients are a paragraph long, don’t eat it. There are some processed foods and snacks that are low in sugar, or naturally sugar free with plant based sweeteners like Stevia or Monk fruit.
The best snacks would be low salt peanuts, cashews, and almonds. Try a low fat mozzarella cheese stick. If you crave something sweet, try a plant based sweetened candy like Russell Stovers, which make many delicious chocolate varieties sweetened with Stevia. Watch the portions!
You should treat yourself once a week to a healthy lunch or dinner out. Make sure you don’t go overboard with the sugar or salt, and make sure what you eat has a fruit or a vegetable in your meal. Purchase your food from a small business instead of a chain, the food will be prepared safer and healthier, and small businesses could use the support!
I hope these suggestions are helpful, and will help you make healthier choices in your diets as a diabetic.
My next blog will deal with more healthy diabetic lifestyle choices. Stay safe and healthy!