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Easy List of Foods For the Diabetic

The most difficult part of managing diabetes for most people is the radical change they must make in what they eat. The very thought of giving up many of the foods that, in their own minds, make life meaningful is distasteful (pun intended). Often those who most need to make these changes rebel and refuse to accept that this is not an option, and it will be true the rest of their lives.

On the other hand, people with diabetes who handle the disease most successfully not only see their doctors regularly but also follow his advice. They monitor their blood sugar and make the necessary changes in their eating habits.

The key is first of all to take control of what you eat, and to develop your own diabetic diet plan. Don't count on your spouse or anyone else to do this. If you're to survive your diabetes, you must do it yourself. You must study and learn what a carbohydrate is and what it can do to you. Get some diabetic recipes cookbooks, or find recipes online. Here is a list of foods for the diabetic to eat:

Vegetables. These are the good guys. They have the nutritious elements the body requires and that make people healthier. Try to get four or five servings a day, but avoid the starchy ones.

Fruit. These can be your friends if you choose them wisely. Fruits, like vegetables, are packed with many of the nutrients your body needs. They're low in fat and high in fiber. They tend to have a lot of sugar, so you can't just load up on fruits as you can on vegetables.

Beans. These are excellent sources of fiber. For this reason, they make you feel full longer. They slow digestion and keep blood sugar from spiking after a meal.

Cereal. This is good if it's whole-grain. They provide important fiber. Whichever one you choose, it should provide at least 5 grams of fiber.

Fish. This is an excellent source of protein and a good substitute for the meats that have more fat. Some fish also provide omega-3 fatty acids. Three servings a week is a good guideline.

Poultry breast. Lean and low in calories.

Nuts. Even the fats are helpful in controlling blood sugar.

Olive oil. Keeps blood sugar steady by reducing insulin resistance. Get rid of the butter!

Yogurt. Nonfat plain yogurt is best. Add your own fruit and nuts.

Cinnamon. Yes, cinnamon! Take it as a spice on foods or in capsules

While it's true that the most difficult part of managing diabetes is the changes that must be made in what is eaten, with a little bit of practice, a diabetic's diet will often be healthier than the average American.

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