Managing a diabetic diet can be overwhelming. It was for my mother. But here is what I told her. There is only one thing you must to do for victory. Take a good look at where you sugar is coming from. Most diabetics feel that they do not eat all that much sugar. Admit it, by the time you know of your diabetes you have an ingrained need to eat sweets. This is otherwise known as a craving.
Since we only need enough sugar to keep our brains functioning at tip top speed, let’s consider the amount that is absolutely necessary for your diabetic diet control. Mindful that no one in the free world is ever sugar deprived of the 8 teaspoons or 32grams of sugar per day. Children and young adults need more sugar about 65 grams or 11-12 teaspoon a day. This requirement is to supply the daily energy necessary to grow, change and develop into adults.
So where is all this sugar? My guess is that it is hidden in all the convenience food of a contemporary lifestyle.
The invention of Tomato ketchup is the ring leader with 7 teaspoons in 2Tbs. Then came barbecue sauce, pancake syrup, sodas with as much as 37 teaspoons in one bottle. This followed by ‘health giving’ cans of energy drinks with as much as 68grams of sugar. Stay away from these as if they were the plague, even if your favorite talk show host or celebrity praises their virtues.
Take a reserved attitude about fast food like McDonalds Vanilla shake with 24 teaspoons of sugar. They put the fast in fast blood sugar elevation. Is ‘read the labels of prepared food’ coming to mind here? This little action will put you on a new path – the pathway to awareness and body protection. Once your body and mind pick up this new attitude, two things can happen. You will consciously seek to avoid these foods and happily seek hew healthier alternatives found in fresh food. You will feel contented instead of deprived and in an unhealthy sugar spiral.
The real solution is to quickly switch to natural food. Instead of apple juice, eat a fresh apple. This simple action will give you 3 benefits. It will readjust your sweet palate since a slice of apple has less sugar than a swallow of juice. Chewing will tell your brain that you are eating and that you will be soon satisfied, decreasing your sugar craving, and you will be getting necessary fiber, a factor that is needed to alleviate your complaint and giving you a healthy, happy body.
When seeking to attempt a diabetic diet you might turn to artificial sweeteners. This is not the healthiest idea for a diabetic. Artificial, sweeteners are not recognized by the body as food. The idea of no calories is mesmerizing! However, the science of sweeteners is fuzzy and no one knows the long term effect on brain and body function. This molecule that masquerades as sugar with unrecognizable composition will put a strain on both your digestive system and your immune system, each trying unsuccessfully to breaking down this foreign molecule in your body. This can leave you with bladder issues, aches and pains as unutilized material and inflammation settle in your joints causing you even more discomfort.
One other things to consider; although it is sweet you will still be deprived of the energy coming from real sugar. I think this is too much metabolic stress for a person whose cells refuse to admit sugar leaving it to roam in the blood stream.
There is one other aspect of food that you must consider and that is foods that are easily digested into sugar by natural enzymes in your mouth. Foods made with white flour such as crackers, white bread, rolls and buns have this characteristic. Instead plan to eat high fiber foods diabetics need from whole wheat, oats and fibrous grains. Vegetables like white potatoes which breaks down to sugar in the mouth can be replaced by more fibrous vegetables such as sweet potato.
Giving this simple idea a fearless focus you will easily master this one skill. With this one conscious consideration you might never have to deal with the unstable health care industry. Instead, imagine reversing your diabetes and dying peacefully in your own bed of natural causes at the ripe old age of 103, like my mother.
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