One of the biggest things a diabetic worries about after being diagnosed is how will my diet change? What foods can I eat? How will I satisfy my sweet tooth? All these thoughts are just some of your concerns as a diabetic.
I had to change my eating habits right from the get go. Fortunately I received a crash course on meal prep when I was in the hospital recovering from multiple amputations of toes due to complications from diabetes. I was receiving this care at St. Mary’s medical center in Langhorne Pa. The doctors there were excellent. They prepared me for my new life as a diabetic by showing me how to eat healthier and what foods were beneficial to my diabetic diet.
The first plan of action as a diabetic is to plan on what you’re going to eat for every meal for everyday. The days of eating cheesesteaks, pizzas, fried foods, and sugar filled desserts are over. You rely on yourself to cook everything, with maybe one weekend day off to enjoy lunch or dinner out.
Choose healthy choices like eggs or whole grain oatmeal for breakfast. Try to eat your biggest meal in the middle of the day for lunch. Your dinner should be small but sensible. Include fruits and vegetables with every meal. Try to limit your snacking to four days a week. Your snack should consist of protein like string mozzarella cheese, lightly or no salted nuts, and a sugar free candy with natural sweeteners like Stevia or Monkfruit. A good example would be Russel Stovers chocolate candies made with Stevia. Treat your once or twice a week to sugar free ice cream with natural sweeteners like Stevia. A good example would be Halo top. Watch your portions!
I used to eat poorly before I was diagnosed with diabetes. I ate to excess. I never watched my portions or cared about my health. I also drank way too much beer and other alcohols. I only drink alcohol now in small portions for a holiday or festive occasion.
The difference on how I eat now and before I was a diabetic is night and day. I eat now to maintain good diabetic numbers. My last A1C was 5.7. Eating healthy to stay alive and avoid further foot or eye complications are at the top of my list. I also have watch my weight to avoid a heart attack or stroke. I need to work on this more. At least I can proudly say my numbers are good, and I have currently limited health issues. They’re under control with good A1C range.
In closing my priorities in my life have changed. I’m grateful to be alive and walking and still have have my vision. I will continue this blog to help my fellow diabetics and hopefully soon get a job that can help the diabetic community. The most important thing that should matter to you as a diabetic is to be happy, healthy, and be fortunate enough to have wonderful friends and family who care and support you. I am grateful I do!
Stay safe and healthy! Next blog: More diabetic tips!