By Dr. Kirti Soota
Do you have a sweet tooth and find it difficult to resist? Or you love to eat greasy food that’s delicious but unfit as per your prescription? You can enjoy your food even when you are diabetic. All you need to do is think smart and replace your favorites with the food that would not increase your sugar and cholesterol level. When people try to manage their diabetes, the first step is to change the diet and switch on to a low calorie and low glucose food with high fibre. Food directly impacts your glucose level and food rich in fibre and low on sugar helps your body to stabilise the release of glucose.
Here are some tips for smart food swap on regular basis:
IF YOU LOVE TO EAT CHOCOLATES
Replace it with: Berries or Oranges. These fruits are rich in vitamins, minerals & fibre. This should be a part of a diabetic diet as it helps balance your blood sugar.
IF YOU USUALLY HAVE COLAS OR TETRA PACK JUICES
Replace it with: Water and unsweetened tea, Buttermilk, salted lemon water. Aerated drinks and juices are all loaded with sugar while water doesn’t increase your blood glucose level, and helps you stay fit. Beside this it keeps us hydrated and causes less exhaustion.
IF YOU HAVE A HABIT OF EATING POTATO CHIPS
Replace it with: Raw veggie sticks and roasted namkins. Veggies have more nutrients and fibre that help balance the blood sugar level. It is also the simplest way to keep your stomach filled for a long time.
IF YOU EAT SANDWICH FOR LUNCH
Replace it with: Half the sandwich and a salad. This helps you to fill your stomach and bring your meal at reasonable calorie range. It is always advisable to have 5 meals a day in small proportions.
IF YOU LIKE TO EAT CHICKEN WINGS
Replace with: Grilled chicken sandwich with mustard. This not only skips all the fats and calories, the turmeric in mustard has proved to have anti-inflammatory effects in the body and help lower the blood pressure. This also offers goodness of healthy food without negatives of deep frying.
IF YOU HAVE WHITE BREAD, PASTA IN BREAKFAST
Replace it with: Whole wheat bread, pasta. These are the eatables that contain far more fibre and nutrients which help to slow digestion and control blood sugar.
Changing your eating habits isn’t just all about cutting down or cutting out. It is about adding in healthier choice for you. Open up a new world with healthy and delicious flavours for you. All you need is to make smatter choices.