It is more important that you start to eat a more healthy diet comprising lots of fresh food that will in turn help you control your blood sugar levels much better.
Although you can pretty much eat what you want when it comes to your Type 2 Diabetes diet it is important to make sure that you limit how many carbs you consume.
The reason for this is that it is the carbs, which have the greatest influence over what happens to your blood sugar levels
Once diagnosed with this condition your doctor will often arrange for you to talk with a dietician. They will then help you to develop a plan that not only will meet your medical requirements, but fits into your lifestyle.
One issue you won’t have with such a diet is that it isn’t restrictive. The menu plans you will need to follow are rich in nutrients whilst being low in fat and calories.
If you fail to follow what is recommended then of course this will result in your blood sugar levels rising. If left unchecked then this could result in other medical conditions developing as a result of damage being caused to your heart, kidneys and nerves.
Your diet should be made up of the most nutritious foods possible to ensure that the calories you do eat count. The kinds of foods that will be recommended to you to eat are as follows:
Both simple carbs (sugars) and complex carbs (starches) when consumed will be broken down to form blood glucose. The kinds of healthy carbs you should be eating are vegetables, fruit, legumes (peas, lentils and beans), whole grains and low fat dairy foods.
Food Rich In Fibre
Eating food rich in fibre will reduce the risk of you developing conditions like heart disease along with helping you to control your blood sugar levels better. The kinds of foods that you must be eating as part of your Type 2 Diabetes diet that are rich in fibre includes both fruit and vegetables as well as peas, beans and lentils and not forgetting wheat bran and whole wheat flour.
Heart Healthy Fish
If possible you should be eating fish that is good for your heart at least twice a week. Fish such as tuna, halibut and cod all have far less cholesterol, saturated fat and total fat in them compared to poultry and meat.
Also eat mackerel, salmon, bluefish and sardines regularly as all these contain high levels of Omega 3 fatty acids in them. They are again of benefit to your heart as they prevent the build up of blood fats in your body known as triglycerides.
But you need to be aware that there are certain fish you must avoid. Along with fish that has been fried you need to avoid eating swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish as these contain large amounts of mercury in them.
Any food that contains both polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats in them should be included in your diet, as they will help to keep your cholesterol levels down. The foods that contain the good fats your body needs are almonds, pecan nuts, walnuts, olives and avocados.
As for cooking use either olive, peanut or canola oil. But make sure that you use and eat these sparingly because the amount of calories they are very high.
Once you have created a plan with your nutritionist it is important that you make sure that you keep track of how things are going. If you begin to notice some issues then don’t be afraid to discuss them with your nutritionist and your doctor.