Dietitans for Diabetics Johnston RI
The Diabetes Diet
Yes, you can still enjoy mealtime—and not even give up dessert.
By Joanne Gallo
When it comes to diabetes and food, it often seems like an all or nothing proposition. Many diabetics crave and indulge in sugar and carbohydrates, a hallmark sign of the disease, which only makes them sicker, fueling a vicious cycle. On the other hand, those who fear that they “ate” their way into it can become suspicious of every morsel and limit their diets so much that they miss out on vital nutrients.
But neither feast nor famine is a useful strategy if you’re struggling with type 2 diabetes or trying to ward it off. Instead of viewing food as an object of either desire or dread, your dietary philosophy should embrace eating as simple, enjoyable and beneficial.
“Eating wisely is one of your most powerful weapons in the fight against diabetes,” asserts Sandra Woodruff, MS, RD, LD/N, author of The Complete Diabetes Prevention Plan (Avery). What’s more, it doesn’t have to be complicated. “For most people, it’s simply a matter of getting back to basics—replacing overly processed foods with wholesome alternatives.”