When you received your type 2 diabetes diagnosis, unless you were aware this condition was in your family background, you were surprised and shocked. Did you then start to look for complicated solutions? Well, let’s make a start with a few simple steps.
Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you need to be aware of the sugar value of what you eat. It makes no difference whether you are on medication or not, this is vital in order to maintain as healthy a lifestyle as possible. And to help you control your blood sugar levels and keep them in your ideal target range.
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Secret No. 1: The first secret is so simple and yet so many people don’t think about it until they are forced to do so. Read the ingredients listed on everything you buy to eat and drink. It doesn’t matter if you are at the supermarket, buying takeaway food or going out to a restaurant for dinner.
You can always find out the sugar content and make your decisions based on what you read.
Secret No. 2: This secret ties in with the first, and is simply to reduce the amount of sugar that you have in your food and drink. You can replace sugar with a substitute in your tea and coffee… Stevia is a natural herb several times sweeter than sugar and is often used as a sugar substitute by diabetics.
Lots of products vary in sugar content depending on the manufacturer, so It is wise for you to use your discretion in choosing which ones are best for you:
- soft drinks, juices and cordials vary in sugar content too… remember drinking one glass of fruit juice is equal to eating several pieces of fruit and contains natural sugar
- most drinks have a diet or sugar substitute product that you can choose
You can even buy sugar free candy and chocolate… so you don’t have to feel as though you are deprived of all the goodies you were eating prior to your type 2 diabetes diagnosis.
Secret No. 3: is to completely cut some of the products high in sugar (high-GI) from your eating plan. Sugary confectionery, cakes, sweet biscuits and other foods made from processed ingredients can be put aside.
Most pre-packaged and takeaway meals are high in sugar and fat… to appeal to your taste buds and encourage you to come back and buy more.
Secret No. 4: Many diabetics have a “sweet tooth” and like to have a piece of candy to suck on. Sucking candy often helps to relieve the feeling of a dry mouth… substituting candy with sugarless mints or chewing gum should relieve this situation and help stabilize your blood sugar levels.
There is no nutritional value whatsoever in refined sugar… it just helps to raise your blood sugar levels
Are you looking for effective ways to manage your type 2 diabetes?
To download your free copy of my E-Book, click here now: Answers to Your Questions… its based on questions many diabetics have asked me over recent months.
Beverleigh Piepers is a registered nurse who would like to help you understand how to live easily and happily with your type 2 diabetes.
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