Tuesday, November 18, 2014

November is American Diabetes Month!

While there is not a one size fits all diabetic diet, there are two major components to diabetes care. You probably guessed it! DIET AND EXERCISE. Below are some quick nutrition tips to help manage diabetes.
1.     Consume healthful carbohydrate sources: Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are all examples of healthful carbs and should be included in your daily diet. Another benefit from getting your carbs from these sources is that they help provide fiber!
2.     Avoid sugar sweetened beverages: Sugar sweetened beverages can raise blood sugar making it harder to control. Instead of soda or sweetened iced tea, try flavoring your water with fresh lemon juice.
3.     Decrease the sodium: Most Americans consume more salt than necessary in their daily diet. To help with diabetes and weight management try to stay under 2,300 mg of sodium each day. For some individuals, especially those with high blood pressure, this still may be too much.

For additional help managing diabetes contact a registered dietitian or certified diabetes educator!

Information adapted from: http://www.diabetesforecast.org/2014/mar/what-should-i-eat.html

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