Diabetes and Nutrition: How and What You Should Be Eating
Tips for Staying Healthy and Preventing Painful Diabetic Nerve PainPosted by: Natural Neuropathy Treatment - NeuraVite on July 15, 2015
One of the best ways to avoid the inconvenient or painful symptoms of diabetes - like nausea, peripheral neuropathy, dizziness, and others - is to be thoughtful about what and how you are eating. Below you’ll find some helpful snack and meal tips to maintain a stable blood sugar level in a natural way: through mindfulness and moderation.
Diabetes and Desserts
Since sugar is a type of carbohydrate, and carbohydrates cause your blood sugar to spike, if you must indulge, it’s best to take your desserts in moderation. Choose a small scoop or slice, and be mindful of the amount of sugar/carbohydrates you are ingesting. If you’re trying to satisfy a sweet tooth, a great alternative to an overly sugary dessert is a small serving of fruit!
Diabetes and Snacks
When it comes to diabetes, snacking can be an effective tool to stabilize blood sugar. If you experience a dip in your blood sugar between meals, or you feel yourself beginning to get hungry, choose a snack that combines carbs, protein, and fat in order to best satiate you and keep your blood sugar at an appropriate level. Some good examples include: a piece of fruit, low-fat popcorn, or a half-sandwich on wheat bread with a lean protein like chicken or turkey.
Diabetes and Fiber
Fiber-filled foods are an excellent choice for those suffering from diabetes or its symptoms, like shakiness, nausea, and peripheral neuropathy. While fiber is a carb, like sugar and starches, the body does not digest it, which means that fiber does not adversely affect your blood sugar. In fact, it can help to even out your blood sugar.
Diabetes and Skipping Meals
If you suffer from peripheral neuropathy or any other symptoms associated with diabetes or pre-diabetes, skipping meals can certainly exacerbate your condition. Skipping a meal might cause a significant blood sugar drop and result in undesirable symptoms including nausea, dizziness, shakiness, or diabetic nerve pain. Or, if you consume a large meal after skipping your previous one, your blood sugar might spike to an unhealthy level. To keep your blood sugar stabilized, aim to consume a balanced meal every four to five hours, while keeping snacks handy in between.
Diabetes and The Right Kind of Potatoes
It’s difficult to cut out carbohydrates completely, so a great way to enjoy a carb favorite - potatoes - is to choose the right kind of potato to consume (still in moderation!). For instance, sweet potatoes are a great alternative to white potatoes, as they don’t cause a significant blood sugar level increase, and are packed with healthy vitamins.
Diabetes and Sugar-free Food
Before you decide to indulge in sugar-free food alternatives, be sure to the check labels for the amount of carbohydrates in your selections. Many sugar-free sweeteners or food alternatives contain just as many carbohydrates as the real sugar options, which will spike your blood sugar.
Practicing wisdom in your food choices is an excellent way to maintain a healthy blood sugar and keep your diabetic symptoms in check. Sometimes however, painful symptoms like peripheral neuropathy can negatively affect your daily quality of life. Just like mindful food consumption is a natural tool to manage your diabetes, NeuraVite is a natural, one-a-day supplement that treats the source of your neuropathy pain and can alleviate common and painful diabetic nerve pain.
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