There are many misconceptions that people with diabetes must follow a strict diet when actually they can eat anything a person without diabetes eats.
A diabetic’s nutritional needs are pretty much the same as everyone else. Everyone, whether they have diabetes or not, should eat a healthy and wholesome diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein foods, and healthy fats. So, therefore, to cook separately from the family and make special food or plan complex meal plans is not necessary.
So, in a nutshell, a diabetes diet is simply a healthy eating plan that is high in nutrients, low in fat and additional salt, and reasonable in calories. The only difference being that you need to pay more attention to some of your food choices—most importantly the carbohydrates you eat. It is important to watch the amount you eat and the combinations in which you eat. Nowadays, the choices available are so many and varied, that “treats” and “special” foods can easily be incorporated while maintaining a healthy balance.
Diabetic and “dietetic” foods generally provide no exceptional value. The majority of them still raise blood glucose levels, are normally more expensive and can cause adverse side effects.
Diabetic people are generally under the misnomer that in order to proactively prevent and control this condition means living in culinary deprivation, where one has to give up sweets in totality or resign oneself to a lifetime of bland food. This is so untrue. Being diabetic, one can still eat tasty food that will not only boost energy, but also enhance mood. One can still take pleasure from meals without feeling hungry or deprived.
Eating right is imperative if you’re trying to prevent or control diabetes. While exercise also plays a very important role, what you eat has the biggest effect when it comes to weight loss. This basically means eating an assortment of nutritious foods in reasonable quantities and adhering to consistent mealtimes.
So go ahead and eat healthy- collectively as a family!