Written by Dr.Albana Greca Sejdini, Md, MMedSc
Medically reviewed by Dr.Ruden Cakoni, MD, Endocrinologist
Diabetes diet and recipe are the ones you need to prepare your dishes while trying to keep your blood sugar levels at a normal range. I may understand that this is not an easy job for you.
At this point, you might start thinking: should I quit all my favorite dishes? Or maybe I ought to eat only diabetic foods? What else should I do?
It’s not necessary eating only diabetic foods as you might find them expensive. All you need to do is to have all your favorite dishes, but of course, you need to give them a little change.
Below you can find some simple tips you can follow in changing your food before going to specific diabetes recipe.
If you used to add sugar to all of your favorite beverages, and cannot do otherwise, what I suggest is to add some artificial sweeteners, such as saccharin or aspartame or Stevia.
They have no calories, and don’t raise your blood sugar level. But they have some bad side effects on your body. You have to choose then, satisfying your sweet teeth or your good health?
You must have enough willing to
I’m sure you can.
I can suggest you to take only one or half teaspoon honey early in the morning. But do not take more than that. If you can take also a teaspoon olive oil every early morning together with honey, you can have the right energy for the whole day without increasing your blood sugar.
You need to eat from all types of foods although being a diabetic. But, you must choose what to eat, and how many calories you’re taking each day.
What you can do is to use skin off poultry or red meat as you should not add too much fat in your daily diet.
Some people prefer very much adding gravies and sauces to their daily meal. Try to avoid them as much as you can. Why? Because they often contains too much fat, which is not good for you.
If you are used of salt in every dish you prepare, now it is time to reduce it as much as you can as you must take good care of your body.
When you have diabetes, you must care much more than before. So, with a high sugar blood level and high sodium level, your heart will become tired, weak, and maybe it will stop.
You can help your heart and your body by taking appropriate care and watching carefully what you’re eating. So try to avoid salty foods or to add salt to food for the sake of taste. Sometimes when you the food is tasty, it’s not healthy.
In this way put away canned soups, pickles, sauerkrauts, hot dogs. Most of them you find in fast-food restaurants. It’s time to give up with these restaurants.
Even if the food you eat there does not taste like salty, most of the time these kinds of food are full of sodium.
Most of the time, it is recommended to diabetics to consume high quantity of fibers. Crackers, whole-grain breads, cereals, vegetables- raw and boiled, whole fresh fruits, instead of fruit juice, dried beans and peas, bran, lentils, brown rice, bran.
All of them are foods to consume mostly in order to be naturally healthy and have lower diabetes blood sugar levels.
Try all kinds of natural foods, from vegetables, fruits, milk and dairy products, starches and breads, meats, and fats. Your body needs all of them.