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Diabetes and Diet

Posted by Jade Venhaus on

Your doctor has likely told you to maintain a healthy diet to ensure better diabetes management. But you’re probably thinking, what does a “healthy” diet mean for me? Well after living with diabetes 19 years, I’m here to explain my best practices. Keep in mind, I am not a doctor, but these are my recommendations for maintaining a healthy diet with diabetes:

 

1. Make a Plan

Start by making a list of the healthy foods you already love, and then plan meals around those. I suggest that you plan meals and monitor how your blood sugar responds after consuming them. After some trial and error, I’ve found that my body performs best with a mostly vegan diet that is not necessarily low-carb. Some people say that doesn’t make sense for someone with diabetes (my doctor has told me to aim for a lower carb diet), but I have found my body doesn’t thrive off a low-carb diet. I’ve tried it in the past but ended up feeling a lack of energy. Now this isn’t the same for everyone, so plan your own meals and monitor how your body responds!

 

2. Get into A Routine    

Routine? Boring, huh!? Getting into a routine helps in regulating blood glucose levels. I tend to eat 5-6 small meals per day. The number of meals you eat per day is up to you, I simply suggest each of those meals contain a protein, grain and veggie/fruit. This is what I do, and it helps me keep my blood sugar in range.

 

3. Count Your Carbs

I used to have a bad habit of not properly counting my carbs. Which completely bit me in the ass, and I ended up with a higher than normal A1C! So, moving forward I made sure to properly count my carbs. I get the inconvenience of it, but it’s worth it. I’ve found some apps such as, Nutritionix to be useful.

 

4. Exercise      

Exercise helps to regulate blood sugar levels. I have found when I go for a walk after I eat a meal, I tend to avoid any blood sugar spikes. Keep in mind the benefits of even a quick walk. For more information on exercising with diabetes click here.

 

You can eat that slice of pizza or have a glass of wine, just be mindful of nutrition facts and what feels right for your body.

 

Jade Venhaus @vibrant.jade

Living with Diabetes Since 2000

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2 comments


  • Hi Thomas,

    I totally agree with you! It can be a real challenge sometimes. Typically when I go someplace without any nutrition facts, I try to compare it to someplace similar that does have their nutrition information listed. For example, I went to Hopdoddy Burger Bar and ordered a Veggie Burger that had no nutrition facts available. So, I went on Nutritionix app and searched “Veggie Burger The Habit”. I already knew The Habit had a similar sized Veggie Burger, so I figured it’d be close in carbs. Which it must have been, because I didn’t spike after having the Veggie Burger from Hopdoddy! Keep in mind this won’t be 100% accurate, but it’s still better than completely guessing.

    With Love,
    Jade

    Jade on

  • These are great tips, but easier said than done! Haha

    What do you do when you’re someplace to eat that has absolutely no nutrition facts?

    Thomas on

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