Diabetes Eating Do's & Don'ts (continued)
DON'T: Skip meals. Skipping meals isn't good for your metabolism and it can lead to overeating at the next meal. Depending on your diabetes medication, skipping meals may also cause hypoglycemia. The bottom line: commit to eating at least three meals per day.
DON'T: Give up on healthy eating. My patients will tell me, "Healthy eating is hard and time consuming." I do not disagree. Think about anything that you have been successful with in the past. Whether it is your career, sports, or a hobby, chances are it took time, hard work, and planning. All these components are needed for healthy eating.
DO: Pay attention to what you're eating. We live in a multitasking world, but pay attention to what you are eating, enjoy and savor your food, and realize when you are full. Do not watch TV, work on a computer, talk on the phone, or play games while you eat.
DO: Eat from at least three food groups at every meal. Many Americans do not get enough variety in their diet. A good way to eat well-balanced is to include three food groups at each meal. For example, at dinner you might have a grilled pork chop (protein), black beans (carb), and asparagus (vegetable) for your three food groups. This is a basic, healthy eating rule to start today.
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Years before I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, The Other Half came out of a doctor's appointment with a diagnosis of "borderline diabetes" and an ADA exchange diet sheet. His health insurance agency followed up on the diagnosis with a glucometer and test strips. After a year or so of trying to follow the diet plan and test his glucose levels, things appeared to be back in "normal" range, and stood there until a couple of years after my own diagnosis. Shortly...