Do you see a dietician to best manage your diabetes?
A few years ago, we sat down with Amy Landing, Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) and Clinical Services Manager at Insulet Corporation, for her top five tips for diet and managing diabetes.
Check out these valuable tips:
Control your portion size and keep a food diary
How does writing down what you eat affect what you put in your mouth? This can help you pay attention to what you eat and can also help determine the source of blood sugar spikes.
Eat a variety of foods and use the healthy plate meal method
Cover half of your plate in vegetables, ¼ of your plate in a protein and a ¼ of your plate in a starch.
Carbohydrates turn into sugar, which makes blood sugar increase
Always have a protein and a fiber at each meal to stabilize your blood sugar
High fiber carbohydrates and fibers turn to sugar more slowly – keeping you fuller longer. A good example of high fiber carbs is whole wheat bread and peanut butter or cheese.
Eat at least three meals a day and don’t skip meals
Breakfast is an important meal! Don’t forget snacks – especially before lunch and dinner (and don’t have your snacks replace your meals). Plan your meals and snacks to make it easier for you.
Look at total carbohydrates and not just sugar
Read your food labels! Total carbohydrates turn into sugar, causing your blood sugar to increase.