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Monday, April 13, 2015

Type 2 Diabetes - Five Shopping Tips For Diabetics

When it comes to having Type 2 diabetes, it's so important to keep your eating plan in perspective. It's best to always make every effort to include food that is as healthy as possible. Of course, you should include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet, as well as complex carbohydrates including whole grains. Grains are an essential part of your eating plan because they are so much healthier than simple carbohydrates as they take longer for your body to digest.
Staying away from processed foods and fast foods is very important. These do nothing to add nutrients to your body, and they are often overloaded with salt, fat, and sugar. When going to the grocery store to look for food, it's important you take a shopping list with you to help you to stay on track.

1. Make sure you shop the perimeter of the grocery store. This means you will be focusing on fresh fruits and vegetables, and low-fat dairy. You can also look for lean meats as well.

2. Another important point to remember is to not go shopping when you are hungry; its best to shop after you have just eaten. It's so easy to buy the wrong kind of foods because your hungry stomach is offering too much influence over what you choose to purchase. Also, shopping when you are tired or in a hurry only encourages you to make incorrect selections.
3. When looking for fruits and vegetables, try to choose fresh produce. Sometimes, however, you will want to look for frozen fruits and vegetables to save time and money. You certainly don't want to buy produce if it's only going to go bad because you can't eat it fast enough. Frozen produce and vegetables often have just as many vitamins and nutrients in them because they are frozen at their peak of freshness.
4. When looking at grains and legumes, look for unprocessed varieties such as wild rice, brown rice, bulgar, couscous, quinoa and barley. Look for whole-grain varieties of pasta, breads and rolls. You might want to look at pita bread, sourdough bread and French bread as well. If you want to purchase tortillas, look for low-fat flour tortillas and corn tortillas. Dried cereals with no added sugar are also a great way to fill up without getting too many calories and too much fat.
5. When looking at proteins, choose lean sources such as boneless skinless chicken breast, or boneless skinless turkey breast. You can also look for vegetarian protein sources such as tofu and tempeh if you do not eat meat.
Type 2 diabetes is no longer a condition you must just live with. It need not slowly and inevitably get worse. Now is the time to take control of the disease... and take back your health.
Credit : Beverleigh H Piepers
Type 2 Diabetes - Five Shopping Tips for Diabetics

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