Healthy Eating Habits for Diabetics

by  Josephine Quiño

 

 

So you are resigned to a lifetime of restrictive diet after being diagnosed of diabetes? You will be surprised! The diabetic diet is the best diet for everyone.

 

You may have been devastated after learning that you are afflicted with diabetes, but for all you know, this is a blessing in disguise! Think of all the people who are eating themselves to death. All those bad cholesterols and unwanted sugar clogging their veins all contribute not only to a short but also an unhealthy life. But look at you! From now on you will pamper your body with the freshest, most nutritious food available and eat yourself towards a very healthy lifestyle. Isn’t that a treat? Add to that the benefit of actually being able to rein yourself, finally! Think how much weight you’re going to lose and while you’re at it, start window shopping for that svelte outfit you’ve always sighed for.

 

No one needs to tell you of course that excess carbohydrates and fats create an undesirable rise in blood glucose and of course you know what that means. Making healthy food choices will not only keep your blood sugar in check but will virtually make your body’s system function at its best.

 

Fruits

 

Have you ever noticed that whenever you sink your teeth into the soft flesh of a fruit, your salivary glands are stimulated, preparing your mouth for a splendid experience? How many times have you had fruits straight from a vine? Ah, paradise! In third world countries and in famished lands, having fruit is a luxury. But if you are in the West, you can relive the feel of Eden once again or experience the abundance of the Roman Emperors’ banquet tables without worrying which wine is best for which dead animal and live as long as the nomads did – in style
of course. Isn’t that amazing?

 

But it doesn’t stop there. The fabulous thing about fruits is that fruit sugars are mild and moderate. Compounded with vitamins, minerals, water-soluble proteins, enzymes and trace elements, they provide the most suitable fuel for your metabolic needs. An added advantage is that fruits do not produce mucus, rather, their fibers soften and remove years of accumulated mucus in the colon.

 

Since fruits are non-addictive, cravings for fat, salt and processed sweets are out of the question. As a matter of fact, those who consume more fruits experience a light and airy mental feeling, a sharp mind and a lively disposition.

 

Vegetables

 

No, there’s no truth to the notion that Cesar Salad was named after Julius Caesar, but that doesn’t change the fact that it is one of the best recipes for you, not to mention the fact that nothing can beat its taste. Vegetables, along with fruits, are a natural source of energy and nutrients to keep you going. A good assortment would be dark, leafy greens, bitter greens, astringent, pungent and salty tasting greens. Studies reveal that such greens help in the regulation of sugar metabolism and complements the fruit diet since by providing some level of protection from sugar addiction. Vegetables are also rich in minerals and chlorophyll; and provide a good balance for the predominantly sweet and sour taste of fruits.

 

The great thing about fruits and vegetables is that you don’t have to count calories painstakingly. What does that mean? If you eat quality, quantity doesn’t matter at all. We all know of course that fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins, fiber and mineral that can keep your body at the peak of health compared to other group of foods, so life is actually what you make it.

 

To make your palate experience more exciting, think colors! Fruits and vegetables of different colors give you not only variety in taste and appeal, but will also give your body a broad array of valuable nutrients such as Vitamins A and C, folate, fiber, potassium and other essential minerals and vitamins. There are terrific assortments in the market and a lot of them you can even eat raw. What a luxury!

 

 

 

 

 

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