The most common question asked by my clients is “what can I eat”. Food is such an important part of our lives- both socially and from a health perspective so it's no wonder people worry about what they should eat when they have diabetes. There are so many confusing food messages given to us and eating well can be very confusing. Australians generally eat good food- but we tend to overeat. Portion sizes need to be considered in relation to your energy needs. Quantity is just as important as Quality!
Generally speaking people with diabetes can eat the same foods that other healthy people eat. There are no special foods required or expensive supplements to be healthy. The key thing for diabetes (and for good health) is balance- eat a variety of healthy whole foods, and eat these in moderation. Choose low fat foods that are high in fibre and low in calories. Make sure you include servings of cereals (rice, pasta, bread and breakfast cereal), vegetables, fruit, dairy and protein in your daily diet. Foods which are higher in fibre are easier for the body to digest when you have diabetes, and help cholesterol management too. Limit your intake of processsed foods with added sugar and salt.
Consulting an Accredited Practising Dietician or Credentialled DIabetes Educator can help you to understand your individual requirements. It is a good idea to seek their support when you are first diagnosed and again once each year- just to help you stay up to date and on track with your personal health goals.
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