Dining with Diabetes
1Q. What is Diabetes?
1A. Diabetes is a condition where the body has issues regulating or producing insulin which is essential in allowing glucose or sugar to enter the bloodstream.
2Q. Besides your doctor, what are some ways people with Diabetes can know they are doing well?
2A. The best way to tell if your diabetes is being regulated well is to monitor your glucose levels. Individuals who have been diagnosed with diabetes should have received a glucose monitor and should check their glucose levels at least once a day at the same time each day. Effective management can be recognized if one’s results are within the same range each day and remain between 80-130 before meals as below 180 two hours after meals.
3Q. When someone is first diagnosed with Diabetes, it’s a scary time for them, what would you tell someone about the first steps to take when it comes to food?
3A. Take a log of your food for a few days. Make sure to record a log on the weekends as well to get a better idea of what kinds of foods you’re eating and when you’re eating them. Even this can help you realize positive and negative eating habits and food selections.
4Q. What are some of the most important information they need to know about food and diabetes?
4A. No food is off limits or bad. Moderation is key when it comes to managing diabetes. Diabetes is manageable, but one must be disciplined and intentional with the foods they select to fuel their body. It is also important to be physically active to help keep glucose levels regular.
5Q. For your upcoming class students will have hands-on learning training, what are some things you go over in the class?
5A. We will talk about new ways to cook some of their favorite dishes without the compromise on flavor. Each class students will have an opportunity to taste and see firsthand that making health-conscious food is not has difficult as it may seem.
6Q. What foods should someone with Diabetes avoid and are there any types of food that can be a benefit for them?
6A. Increasing vegetable intake can be beneficial to maintaining healthy glucose levels. It’s all about balance. If one can’t give up a slice of their favorite cheesecake, they can go for a smaller portion and reduce the number of calories consumed during that meal. Also, protein consumption can aid the body when metabolizing sugars to prevent sugar spikes and crashes.
7Q. What do you believe people wish they knew about diabetes and food?
7A. I believe people wish they had a black and white list of good and bad foods, but it is more complex than that. Each individual is different and their bodies respond to sugar differently. Not to mention, one’s lifestyle can drastically impact how their body processes sugar. Being physically active is a great way to regulate blood sugar and weight. Diabetes can be scary, but with medication, being dedicated to monitoring food choices and building healthy habits, diabetes can be managed effectively.
8Q. What should be with diabetes know about their food?
8A. Food is there to fuel your body, not destroy it. Moderation and informed choices are necessary to keep the body and mind healthy. Food and exercise is a friend, not a foe.
9Q. What are some good breakfast/lunch/dinner options?
9A. Breakfasts that are high in protein, low in sugar is a great way to start the day. Including low sugar fruits and colorful vegetables in breakfast can prevent sugar spikes and keep energy levels steady. Lunch and dinner should especially consist of half a plate of vegetables, one-fourth protein, and one-fourth grain. Following the My Plate method can remove the intimidation of preparing healthy meals at home.