Eating well is the key to managing blood sugar. But what does it mean to eat well? There are many strategies and tips that you can use daily to make it easier to eat well.
Create a Meal Plan
You can create a meal plan to guide you for when, what, and how much to eat to get the nutrition you need while keeping your blood sugar levels in your target range. You can incorporate your goals, tastes, and lifestyle, as well as any medicines you’re taking.
Use a Shopping List
Grocery shopping can be tough when you want to eat healthy. Use a shopping list to help you stay focused on buying foods that fit your meal plan and budget.
Compare Nutrition Facts
Understanding the nutrition facts label on food items can help you make healthier choices. The label breaks down the amount of calories, carbs, fat, fiber, protein, and vitamins per serving of the food, making it easier to compare the nutrition of similar products. Be sure to look at different brands of the same foods—nutrition information can differ a lot.
Eating out is still possible when trying to eat healthy. While you can’t directly control the way the food is prepared or the calories in each dish, you can plan ahead, ask questions, and order food that both tastes good and is good for you.
Although these strategies and suggestions might seem easy to incorporate, it might take a couple tries to figure out what works best for you. Work with your dietitian or diabetes educator to create a healthy eating plan to help you regulate your blood sugars and eat well with Diabetes.
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