Once you get over the shock of being diagnosed as a diabetic, you may wonder what you can eat and still keep your diabetes in control. However, that doesn’t mean you have to sob in your soup while watching other people indulge in your favorite foods.
Here are 4 tips to enjoy healthy diabetic treats in menopause:
Get rid of junk foods
Don’t stockpile goodies such as quarts of ice cream or bags of candy. When temptation strikes, buy a single serving of dark chocolate with at least 70 % cocoa. It can also be high in fiber and contain nutrients such as iron, magnesium, potassium, and as an added bonus, good for your heart.
If ice cream is more your thing, buy a single cone. Some ice cream shops have more low-fat flavors to choose from, and they’re still delicious.
Watching your carbohydrates doesn’t have to be a drag, and by making trade-offs with yourself, you can still enjoy your favorite foods. Is spaghetti a personal favorite? Skip the garlic bread. Who doesn’t love a good burger cooked on the grill? Eat it open-faced or skip the bun altogether.
Some days you just have to indulge in a dessert, so count those carbs and trade-off with another carbohydrate in your meal.
Don’t Indulge on an Empty Stomach
When you let yourself get too hungry, you just want to eat as soon as possible and that leads to overindulging on the first food you can get your hands on. Too much carbohydrate may also send your blood sugar numbers off the charts. Instead of eating a piece of garlic bread for a snack, combine with a protein-rich meal such as chicken and vegetables.
Exercise is not only good for your overall health, it also helps counteracts the balance of protein and carbs for better blood sugar control. If you’re stressed out, exercise is healthier than reaching for a sugary snack to make yourself feel better. Aim for 30 minutes a day, which can also be broken up into three 10-minute sessions.