These days, a lot of people are becoming more aware about following a nutritious eating plan. If you want to learn how to overhaul your eating habits, then you have to take the steps necessary to know how to do this effectively. Adding exercise into your life is a great thing when you have Type 2 diabetes, but if you never change your eating habits then you are likely to fail at your weight loss efforts.
Here are a few nutrition ideas you can actually use to change your diet and improve both your health generally and your Type 2 diabetes.
The first step is to look at your diet objectively. Write down everything you eat for a week. This includes everything… those snacks, sodas, fruit juices and even that cappuccino. Then, take a look at what you are really eating and figure out ways you can change the unhealthy aspects of your diet. If you are overweight or gaining weight, you can rest assured there are items in your diet that are not working well for you.
One way to overhaul your eating plan is to look at increasing the amount of vegetables you eat each day. Anyone can add more vegetables at just about every meal. Soluble fiber seems to be a vital component of blood sugar control for many people. Fiber is found in vegetables such as peas, beans, oats and oat bran, barley, and several other vegetables.
Like to eat scrambled eggs for breakfast? Add some green peppers and onions and make an omelette. Like to eat hamburgers? Instead of french fries, have a side salad and some green beans. You can add vegetables throughout your diet if you are willing to make the change.
Don’t be afraid to also take some good vitamin supplements. You might benefit from taking one or more nutritional supplements but you don’t need a cupboard full of vitamin pills.
You may be lacking in certain areas of your diet which can cause nutritional deficiencies. These deficiencies can actually cause you to crave foods that are not good for you. You might even want to have blood work done to find out where you are lacking and add vitamin supplements you can take until your diet takes over. Despite what you see on store shelves, there is no official diabetes multivitamin. At this time, what is good for non-diabetics is also good for you.
You can also ask your doctor for some nutritional advice, although hiring a dietitian is a better idea. Dietitians are trained to assess a person’s nutritional habits so the person with Type 2 diabetes can make changes to create better health.
Finally, focus on creating a healthy eating plan (don’t call it a diet), that is fun and flexible. Make small changes on which you can build and set realistic goals. If you try to do something that’s going to be too stringent, you won’t enjoy it and you’ll quit easily. Instead, make this a lifestyle change and adapt the changes for the entire household. You may want to buy some books on nutrition just to get well-versed in the three main types of nutrients in the world of foods: carbohydrates, protein and fats. Being able to identify what type of nutrient is in the food you are eating is the best place to start learning about a nutritious diabetes meal plan.