Type 2 Diabetes Diet
The kind of type 2 diabetes diet you choose will depend on two main things. First, you can implement a traditional type 2 diabetes diet that can help you better manage your blood sugar levels while continuing to take blood sugar lowering medications. Or, you can start a type 2 diabetes diet that can get you off your diabetes medication(s). If you are just looking for a traditional type 2 diabetes diet, then this page is for you. Anyone looking to reverse type 2 diabetes can start learning how to do so by clicking here. Below you will find a basic low carb diet for diabetics that can be effective for people taking diabetes medication.
1. Eat Less Sugar & Carbs
To follow a traditional type 2 diabetes diet, eat and drink less high carbohydrate foods, starches, and sugars. So, avoid eating traditional donuts, cakes, pies and cookies. You may also choose to avoid eating sugary cereals and breakfast bars. Instead, you may opt to eat something from one of our diabetic breakfast cookbooks.
2. Eat More Protein
Protein includes things like meat, milk, egg, and cheese. Eating more protein than can provide you with the calories you need without all the extra carbs. Adequate protein is also needed to keep your skin, hair and nails strong while promoting proper wound healing.
3. Eat More Vegetables
Vegetables are high in fiber. Since fiber can help lower blood sugar levels, they can be a nice addition to your traditional type 2 diabetes diet. There are two types of fiber found in fruits and vegetables – soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Both can lower your blood sugar to different degrees.
4. Eat Less Fruits
Most fruits are often super sweet! While they are healthy vitamin-rich pieces of goodness from nature, some can be like eating a piece of candy with regard to their sugar content. Therefore, you should reduce your fruit intake on a traditional type 2 diabetes diet.
5. Move Around More
Exercise can play a significant role in type 2 diabetes. Therefore, moving around more can help you with your type 2 diabetes diet. You may see that effective exercise does not have to involve driving to a gym and then spending hours at the gym. Basic household chores, gardening, or yard-work can help lower your blood sugar.
6. Avoid Over-Medicating Yourself
And last, but not least, be careful not to over-medicate yourself. If you have been reading our type 2 diabetes series, you are aware that type 2 diabetes results from less than ideal food choices and/or not getting enough exercise. Therefore, you can reverse type 2 diabetes without medication. As you start eating healthy, losing weight and feeling good on a type 2 diabetes diet, you may need less insulin or diabetes medications.