One of the hardest parts of the diet for a person with Type 2 diabetes understanding just what foods to buy. For years you’ve known exactly how to search for your groceries… you did not even need to make a shopping list. So you’d no thought that you would have to look at re-learning your shopping skills; you would need a Shopping Guide!
Guide to the Low-Glycemic Diet
All of a sudden you’re hearing about low-glycemic (low-GI) foods, and being advised to read food labels.
“You had no idea the amount of processed and high-glycemic carbs are found in everything you believed were native foods.”
It is usually a good idea to:
- shop for groceries after you have eaten either a snack or a meal… every little step helps you to chose the Ideal foods
- Organize your meals a week ahead
- Make a shopping list and only buy what’s on your own list
Type 2 diabetics have been advised to eat carbohydrates following the low-GI scale.
Foods on the low-GI scale provide you wholesome and tasty foods that are easily accessible and highly satisfying.
Low-GI foods generally fit into several types:
- Fruit and vegetables
Buy Diabetes Food from Grocery Stores
Buy the majority of your foods in the outside aisles: Grocery shops are usually laid out with certain items that are safe for individuals with Type 2 diabetes… fresh produce (fruit and vegetables), dairy products, meat, and grains… from the external isles.
You will usually find refined foods like crackers, cakes, biscuits, etc., at the inside aisles.
Buy low-fat protein: Choose turkey or chicken instead of high-fat meats like pork and beef. Skinless, white chicken and turkey breasts are perfect… they contain fewer calories.
Be skeptical of frozen foods: Frozen foods can be misleading… sometimes packages are indicated lite and decreased calorie;… this could be confusing. You will often find these foods contain a high amount of sugar and sodium. Of course, there are some healthy frozen foods… veggies that are frozen fresh (in other words that they have no added sauces), are ideal.
Look out for promotion traps: Remember that food companies Are Extremely clever at promoting their goods:
- Lite or light does not always mean low fat or sugar These may even be present in parasitic cookies
- Cholesterol / Sugar-free… a cookie label may say it is cholesterol-free. This implies there are no animal fats used in the processing but it doesn’t mean it’s a healthy choice
- A certain percentage fat-free… when a product claims to be a certain percentage fat-free it is speaking to the product’s overall weight, not the percentage of fat calories per serving
- Dietetic… this means that a couple of ingredients are changed in some fashion. It Doesn’t mean There’s a Decrease in calories
Knowing some of the advertising traps to watch out to help you choose foods to help you eliminate weight and have lower blood sugar levels.
Would you like more information about alternative methods to deal with your type 2 diabetes?
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