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This blog originally appeared on the Healthy Driven Chicago website.
If you have diabetes, what you eat can greatly impact your overall health and how you feel. Fortunately, managing your nutrition doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be done by making simple, sustainable changes to your diet.
Moderation is the key for successful nutrition management. A few additional guidelines are to keep it simple; aim for three, similarly-sized meals that are spaced throughout the day; choose complex carbohydrates over refined ones and aim for minimal added sugar in foods.
Breathe a sigh of relief: there aren’t any foods that are off-limits. Patients often ask if it’s okay to indulge in a piece of birthday cake or enjoy a pancake breakfast with their family. Everything can fit and we don’t label any foods as bad foods. It’s all about finding ways to incorporate your favorite foods into a meal plan and balancing, in a way, that keeps your blood sugar under control.
There are a few different dietary plans we recommend for patients with diabetes:
Wondering what a day of eating looks like for a person with diabetes? Here are some examples of healthy meals:
With the help of a certified diabetes care and education specialist, you get an individualized plan of care and the support you need to achieve long-term success. To learn more, contact the Diabetes Learning Center in Elmhurst at 331-221-6440 or the Edward Diabetes Clinic at 630-527-3213.
Learn more about diabetes care at Edward-Elmhurst Health.
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