For the person who suffers from diabetes, their diet and eating habits can become very restricted. Just how restricted depends entirely on how strong your diabetes is. If you’ve only got the mild type of diabetes, then your diet should only need to be controlled mildly. For the person who suffers from a very high blood sugar level though, and has a stronger type of diabetes, you will need to go on a strictly controlled diabetic diet.
This isn’t really fun, especially in the beginning when you’re first having to let go of all those foods that you’ve loved and adored for most of your life. If you’re a known chocoholic then you’re in for desperately hard times since you won’t be allowed to have that much chocolate ever again. Don’t despair though, there are some diabetic diets in which you can have some small amounts of chocolate, just not in the quantities for which you’re used to.
What can you really have in a normal diabetic diet though? What foods are restricted entirely, and what foods can you consume in small quantities? You should ideally include at least between 40–50% of carbohydrates in your diet. The diet itself is based on many things like your age, weight, sex, and type of diabetes. There will also be a set amount of calories that you can eat for your recommended daily diabetic diet, and most times this is less than the recommended daily allowance for non-diabetic people. All of these need to be calculated and weighed in first, so there is no set calorie value that all diabetics can use.
It’s also true that you can have some sugar in your diabetic diet but this should only be taken alongside some good healthy foods. There are also some “free” foods that you can take without it detracting any from your diabetic diet. These include reasonable amounts of coffee or tea, sugar-free tonic water, broth, water, diet soft drinks, and sugar-free gum. A nutritionist or doctor will be able to give you a better list of these “free” foods.
And the best thing that you could do would be to talk with your doctor or nutritionist as to what type of diabetic diet would best suit you. From there it’s just an easy step for you to maintain a healthy lifestyle so that you can better help in the control of your diabetes. Diet alone might not be the answer to your diabetes, and you might need to couple your diabetic diet with regular exercise and shots of insulin. Don’t guess at what you might be needing, and go see your doctor or nutritionist as soon as possible. Who knows you might actually be able to have a slightly richer diabetic diet than you thought you could.