|When you are living with diabetes, even everyday activities take on extra importance. That includes grocery shopping.
Choosing well in the supermarket is your first stop on the path to healthier eating. Buying healthy food will help you maintain control of your diabetes.
And if you have type 2 diabetes, healthy changes to your diet could result in positive changes to your overall health, including weight loss.
This is the first of three blogs on “smart” grocery shopping for people with diabetes.
So, let’s start shopping!
Before you go!
While You are There
Choose the right type of fats Buy more poly- and mono-unsaturated fats (such as olive, canola and safflower oils) and less lard, butter and stick margarine.
Pick the right carbohydrates. Carbs are necessary for energy, so don’t cut them out of your diet. Just make smarter choices about the ones you consume. Unprocessed, unrefined carbs such as whole oats, whole-wheat pasta and beans and whole fruits are the way to go. Be sure to pair them with lean protein and vegetables for a nutritionally balanced meal. Work with your doctor and dietitian to determine how many carbohydrates you can consume each day.
Consider your choice of proteins. Instead of red meat or chicken all the time, try some omega-3-containing fish such as mackerel, salmon or fresh tuna. Having a vegetarian entrée once or twice a week will lower your intake of saturated fat and increase how much fiber you are getting. Look for beans and peas, tofu or tempeh. Nuts and seeds are also a good protein source. In addition to their protein benefits, nuts leave you feeling much more satiated than do a bag of chips and they don’t wreak havoc on your blood glucose.
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