My Diabetic Diet is Painful

The onset of diabetes may be accompanied by unpleasant symptoms, such as blurred vision or frequent urination. Untreated, diabetes may lead to serious problems, such as nerve damage, kidney failure, or blindness. These potential complications are an important reason to make the lifestyle changes necessary to prevent further damage to your body. These steps being important, however, do not necessarily make them easy to take.

By the time a person reaches adulthood, it is natural for him or her to have created some deep rooted habits in diet and activity. Eating healthy may, surprisingly, cost more money than unhealthy eating, especially while trying to change habits. A person may stock up on raw produce, then lack the motivation or know-how to prepare the food before it spoils. Many people tend to attempt to reduce amount of food instead of making sustainable, healthy diet changes, which may lead to a patient being undernourished. This patient may not just be constantly hungry, but may experience vitamin deficiencies, illness, low blood sugar, headaches, and a whole host of other unpleasantries. Fortunately, there are steps one may take to ease the transition into a healthier, post-diagnosis lifestyle.

  • Learn about carbohydrate counting – Carbohydrates are the food group that has the greatest impact on blood sugar. Learning how to count the numbers of carbohydrates you are consuming in a meal may help get your blood sugar levels under control. If you are insulin-dependent, carb counting may also protect you from overusing your medication.

  • Learn about portion sizes – Investigate the recommended portion sizes of meals you enjoy. Keep a list of the items that specifically apply to your tastes. Make use of kitchen scales and measuring cups.

  • Plan balanced meals ahead of time – Planning meals featuring a mix of starches, fruits, vegetables, proteins, and fats for a week or so at a time allows for fewer instances of impulse taking over. If you are able to prepare meals ahead of time, this may also prevent you from surrendering into ditching the night’s plan.

  • Mind your beverages – A simple beverage may contain more sugars, calories, and carbohydrates than most people would ever imagine. A fancy coffee drink, a soda, an alcoholic drink of any type, or even a juice may spike your blood sugar significantly. Whenever possible, opt for the sugar-free, non-caloric option. Water is usually the best bet, and an increasingly pleasant option with the upsurge in sugar-free flavor enhancement drops and powders. The exception to this, however, is if you are experiencing significantly low blood sugar. In these situations, juice may quickly bring your blood sugar back up until such time as you can eat a proper meal.

  • Talk with a dietician or similar specialist – There are people who specialize in the planning of diets. That is because there is so much to learn and to take in. Trying to teach oneself everything there is to know about nutrition in two weeks may lead to frustration and discouragement. Enlisting the assistance of a trained professional may provide much relief while helping you make the best choices for you individually.


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