Posted on Aug 26, 2008 | Comments 0
Planning a meal for your type-2 diabetes is an important step that helps you to control the disease in a better way.
When you are at the beginning of making necessary changes in your diet and lifestyle changes, you must keep them as simple as you can.
Never go for complicated options that can lower your motivation levels.
However, eating well and including well-balanced diet in your normal routine is one of the best things you can do to improve your over all health and also to lower your blood glucose, fat and blood pressure levels in your body.
How many carbohydrates you should take?
It is always advised to keep your carbohydrate intake at 55% to 65% of your daily diet. This is because of the reason that even though carbohydrates directly affect your blood sugar levels, they don’t cause any serious harm to your health.
Carbohydrates mainly contain many essential nutrients that your body needs. Your body mainly uses carbohydrates for producing energy levels by breaking down the glucose.
If you have diabetes, your body doesn’t use glucose for energy; rather it needs insulin to break down the glucose molecules.
So, try to take those recommended levels of carbohydrates to stay healthy with diabetes. Include lean type proteins such as white meat chicken, soy products, egg white to keep your cholesterol levels in control.
Which food plan diabetics should follow?
Using a food plan helps you to keep a track of food intake and how your body reacts to your diet plan. There are three major food plans that you can adopt in your routine life to manage your diabetes in much better way.
These three food plans can mainly include exchange meal plan, counting carbs plan and continuous carbohydrate plan.
- Exchange meal plan: In this meal plan, food is divided into certain categories that can include fruits, vegetables, meat, fat, starches and milk. This meal plan offers you better flexibility to trade one food with another.
- Constant carbohydrate meal plan: This is the simplest meal plan adopted by many diabetic patients. With this meal plan, you can easily keep a good track of your carbohydrates intake. You can take help of your dietician or your personal doctor to know how many carbs you can take in your regular diet to control your blood sugar levels.
- Counting carbohydrates: This is more flexible meal plan that you can adopt. All that you need to do in this meal plan is to keep a regular track of your carbohydrate intake. This can help you to limit your over intake of carbohydrates and certainly helps to stay healthy.
Take better suggestion from any dietician or health expert regarding your diabetes diet plan and try to maintain normal levels of blood sugar.
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