Diabetes Friendly Diet: How do you Follow It?

If you are looking to improve your overall health, the diabetes diet is a good option. Although the term "diet" may seem daunting, Tegan Bissell, registered dietitian says it is possible to follow one. According to Tegan Bissell, a diabetic diet should be balanced with foods that you love and best suit your lifestyle.

Bissell team up with Megan Asterino-McGeean (PA-C), a registered nurse and diabetes educator, to show you what it takes to stick to a meal plan when you have diabetes.

What's a diabetic diet? Asterino McGeean believes that the best diabetes diet is not a diet. Think of diabetes as a lifestyle.

She says, "This diet plan assists those with diabetes to live a healthier life that improves their blood sugar management and lowers the chance of developing complications." Diabetes patients should eat well-planned meals, properly portioned snacks, and balanced meals.

You may need to consider these factors before you decide if a diabetic diet is right for your needs.

High blood sugar: If you are diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes, or your levels have reached dangerous levels, then this is a sign that you may have diabetes. Diagnoses of gestational diabetic: This is when you have been diagnosed with the type of diabetes that affects pregnant women. People diagnosed with gestational diabetes are at an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life - but you may be able to prevent it by following a diet plan for diabetes. If you have metabolic syndrome, or are obese, your weight may be an issue. What are the best foods for diabetics? Bissell says these are the most beneficial foods.

Lean proteins Proteins make you fuller and more satisfied. These are some examples of lean protein:

- Chicken. - Eggs. - Fish. - Low-fat dairy. - Turkey. These diabetes-friendly recipes will help you get enough lean protein.

Colorful Veggie Stew & Turkey Tenders Moroccan Vegetable Curry Crepes Sweet and savoury pork chops with grilled peaches. Vegetables that are not starchy provide vital vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Bissell said that these vegetables can be considered "freebies" because they are low in calories and carbohydrates.

These include:

- Broccoli. - Cucumbers. - Green beans. - Onions. - Peppers. - Salad greens. Here are seven tasty vegetable recipes you won't find boring.

Roasted Winter Vegetable Ragout. Sauteed vegetables with avocado and poached eggs Health fats. Healthy fats are good for your heart and stomach. These healthy fats include:

- Avocado. Peanut butter. - Nuts. - Olive Oil. - Seeds. Here are some recipes that will increase the intake of healthy fats.

Avocado Tapenade Bruschetta. Berry Chia seed Jam. A Cool Twist on Avocado Toast. Strawberry-Almond-Coconut Smoothie. Complex carbohydrates Carbohydrates provide energy, fibre and other nutrients. Complex carbohydrates are slower to digest, which helps prevent erratic levels of blood sugar. Complex carbohydrates are foods like:

- Beans. - Berries. - Brown Rice - Greek yogurt. - Sweet potatoes. - Whole-wheat bread. These recipes can be useful for those with diabetes and help to keep the engines running throughout the day.

Pan-Roasted Smoky Chicken with Rosemary Garlic Cannellini Beans. Rosemary Garlic Mashed Sugary Potatoes. Spring Vegetable Stir Fried Rice If you suffer from diabetes, Bissell advises that these foods be avoided. They can spike blood sugars quickly and cause cravings. Avoid processed foods like cereals, sweets and snack food packages, as well as sugary drinks such as sodas and juices.

Bissell emphasizes the fact that no one size fits all when it comes to diabetic diets.

Many people believe that they have to cut all carbs and 'white foods'. But you don’t have to stop eating them. Just limit your carbohydrate intake to the amounts that are most beneficial to you. You should also choose complex carbs at the correct portion sizes.

The following are some tips to make sure you get the best out of your diabetes treatment.

Avoid processed foods. Cooking at home is better than eating out. Get more water Reduce sugary beverages. - Include vegetables at most meals. Be aware of the portion sizes. These strategies may require some trial and error but Bissell suggests that they can increase your chances of success.

Check food labels. Knowing the ingredients in food will help you to make smarter decisions regarding portion size and purchase choices. You can get help from a local registered dietitian or outpatient diabetes clinic. They can assist you in developing healthier eating habits as well as teach you realistic methods to manage your diabetes. Use the Diabetes Plate Method. The American Diabetes Association's Plate Method requires that you fill your plate with half non-starchy vegetables. - A quarter lean protein. - A quarter complex carbs. Drink water or tea to wash it down. Get techy: A smartphone app makes it easy and convenient to track carbs. You can try problem solving: Bissell describes problem solving as observing how the food you have eaten affects your blood sugar levels approximately 1 to 2 hours after eating. You can then adjust the amount of food and portions based on these results. Bissell suggests planning ahead. "You will find many good recipes online, even if your diabetes is severe," he says. Bissell says that it is a good idea to create a week-long meal plan, by using recipes from cookbooks and websites with healthy ingredients. To ensure stable blood sugar levels, Bissell advises eating at least four to five meals per hour. According to Bissell, the traditional advice of eating six small meals per day does not work and can increase blood sugars. This is why it's important to plan the next day's meals. You can make sure you have healthy foods in your fridge or prepared and available for you when you need them. Are there any risks? Bissell said that it is possible to follow a diabetes diet plan if you do not go too extreme.

People eat too few carbohydrates or restrict their diets. She says this can lead to a lack of important nutrients and frequent low blood sugar. Balance and realistic expectations about the habits that you can sustain over time are key.