Food and diabetics
The last few days have had me thinking about “what a person suffering from diabetes would eat”? Will a person diagnosed with diabetics have to give up all the good foods and resort to a rather bland diet. There has been much talk of the disease and also a cookery book launch on the subject by eminent Indian food author “Nita Mehta”. With food expert like these who have been working on improvising recipes to suit specific health conditions life no longer is a drab for diabetics. A few years back being diagnosed with the disease would mean having to give up everything that is sweet. However, with a lot of research that has gone into the disease per se, there have been important findings that go to show that all sugar is not bad. The findings have come as a real boon to most diabetics who love their food. You do not have to give up all those great tasting dishes and go the spiritual way just because you have been diagnosed with the disease. You can continue eating most of all that you love. Just a attention to what you eat is what you must instill in yourself. Diabetics, in simple terms, means either the lack of or the reduced levels of insulin in your body. Insulin helps to breakdown the glucose or sugar and thus, the reduced insulin levels or a lack of insulin results in high sugar levels in your blood stream. This results in the disease known as diabetes. Diabetes can be well-managed with a little attention to your diet and by leading a healthy lifestyle (exercise and a regular routine). Diabetes till a few years back was considered one that is passed down through genes however, today forms of diabetes caused due to high stress levels and an unhealthy lifestyle is reported. It is also a condition seen in several children as well and is known as juvenile diabetes.
When on one hand, you may feel rather depressed that the disease would impose several restrictions on your diet, on the other hand, you must be happy that it is something that can be controlled by a few dietary changes. With just a few changes in your diet and some substitutions you can continue leading a good quality of life as before. Type 2 diabetes can be almost completely controlled with diet and exercise alone.
A dietician can help you in devising a diet that would help you eat your favorite dishes without doing you any harm. Slight changes in recipes and substitution of ingredients can go a long way in making the dish diabetic friendly. Although each person who is a diabetic suffers from the disease, each person’s individual symptoms and requirements vary. You must understand how your body responds to different foods and accordingly work to devise a diet suitable to you.
- Keep a record of the food that you eat so as to be able to perfectly pin-point the problem areas and make the necessary changes in diet.
- Weight control too is very important.
- Take care to reduce the sugar, salt and fat levels in your daily diet.
- Low fat dairy products are recommended and while including chicken in your diet do ensure that you use it only after removing the skin to reduce the fat content.
- The cooking techniques like grilling and baking would be a better alternative to frying. Experiment with some low calorie cooking the tasty healthy way.
My research into food for diabetics continues and will soon be bringing you further details into meal planning and what to avoid and what to include in your diet.