Chances are diabetes affects you or someone you know. For Diabetes Awareness Month, I was on Morning Live to discuss nutrition tips for diabetes management.
Feel free to share this post and media interview with someone you know who is affected by diabetes!
Please note that this post and the media interview are meant for individuals with Type 2 diabetes. According to Diabetes Canada, 90% of people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. Type 2 is more prevalent in adults, but children can also be affected.
About Type 2 Diabetes
Your doctor or dietitian might speak to you about controlling how many carbohydrates you eat and choosing more complex carbohydrates, which break down slower.
I developed a diabetes friendly pasta recipe for TV. It is made with NuPasta, a konjac pasta - which is low in carbohydrates (6 g per package – 210 g serving) compared with 40-50 g of carbohydrates in regular pasta:
[CLICK] for Diabetes-Friendly Garlic Chicken & Veggie Pasta
Complex carbohydrates break down slower in the bloodstream and are often higher in fibre than simple carbohydrates (white bread, rice, pasta). Oatmeal (go for slow cooked), quinoa, brown rice and sprouted grains bread are great options.
I Have Diabetes. I was Told to Avoid Eating Sugar. Can I Eat Fruit?
Although fruit is a nutritious option, it has more naturally occurring sugar than most other whole foods. Limit your intake to no more than 2 to 3 servings per day.
What’s a serving of fruit?
- A medium apple – about the size of your fist.
- ½ a cup of chopped fruit (berries, melon, pineapple, etc).
Foods That Slow Down Absorption of Carbohydrates
Remember to speak to your doctor or registered dietitian for more information and individualized support for your needs.
Olive oil, canola oil, avocados, salmon, sardines and nuts all have healthy fats and are a great addition to your diet.
Canned salmon and sardines (high in omega 3 essential fatty acids) also have the added benefit of having calcium and vitamin D from eating the bones, and are also more economical than fresh fish!
Meal and Snack Planning
Be sure to speak to your doctor or dietitian for an individualized care plan to fit your needs!
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