Managing Diabetes and living a healthy life is surviving the part of living with diabetes. With some modifications, I am reproducing my opinion too, too many similar questions concerning diabetes. While physical exercise is essential, and medication may also come into play; the key to managing diabetes is diet. No amount of exercise, medicine, and insulin can help you if you do not make significant changes to your diet.
Managing Diabetes; With Some Simple Points To Keep In Mind
First, it is essential to understand that diabetes is a condition where the body cannot tolerate carbs very well. So, you can not manage diabetes well by feeding your body more and more carbs.
Second of all, it is essential to understand that diabetes is a metabolic condition where our body cannot tolerate carbohydrates. So, trying to manage it by eating more and more carbs is like trying to cure a drug addict of addiction by giving him more drugs.
It works on the simple logic that since your body has a carbohydrate intolerance, you should restrict its intake. To replace the limited amount of carbs, you use good fats. Ideally, your daily intake of good fats should be 60 percent of your calorie requirement. The other 40 percent should be half protein and half carbohydrate.
Below I am listing the items which you should and should not eat on this diet.
Some Foods To Eat And Avoid
Eat-in Plenty: All vegetables growing above the ground (except for peas). Some examples are bottle gourd, bell peppers, capsicum, avocados, spinach, zucchini, string beans, bitter melon, tomato, etc.
Onion, ginger, and garlic grow below the ground but are not on the restricted list.
Generous amounts of Virgin Coconut Oil gets advised to have them in the meal. It is best if you cook food in it. You can also use them for direct consumption.
Coconut and all its derivatives like Coconut flour, powder, and milk (except Coconut water) are some of the right options to choose from.
For sweetening beverages and other eatables, liquid Stevia is the most preferred option as it contains zero carbohydrates, and does not impact blood sugar.
Low Carb Fruits, for instance, strawberry, raspberry, etc. are some of the best choices.
Eat-in moderation: Pulses and legumes should remain under control. They contain a generous amount of carbs among protein, so they result in blood sugar spikes. You can also safely eat peanuts. Just be careful not to overeat as 100 grams peanuts contain 16 grams of carbs. You can also use cocoa powder to make chocolates and some delicious drinks.
Avoid sugar, honey, jams, jellies, artificial sweeteners like Splenda, sugar-free, or equal, grains, flour, pasta, bread, high carb dry fruits like cashew, dried or candied fruit, refined oils like soy and rice bran, soya in any other form, starchy vegetables like potato, peas, carrots, etc.