Posted on 07/30/2013
What is a diabetic diet?
Have you or someone you know said, “I need to go on a diabetic diet?” I have heard it plenty of times.
I am usually a little confused by the statement at first, since I’m not so sure what they mean by it. A so-called diabetic diet is essentially just a healthy, balanced diet…don’t we all need to have one of those? Diet meaning what you eat and drink, not meaning restricting food by the way.
So, when someone says a diabetic diet, what they truly mean is a healthy and nutritious diet.
A healthy diet includes fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, lean sources of protein and whole grains. It consists of a variety of foods, calorie and portion controlled. Humm, sounds familiar, huh?
Sugar, by the way, is acceptable in a diabetic diet…in moderation, as with all foods.
People who are at risk of developing type II diabetes, also called pre-diabetes by some health care providers, are usually in need of restricting calories and improving their diet. So, sometimes a provider may suggest he/she go on a diabetic diet. I understand how the misunderstanding about a diabetic diet begins. What he/she is actually saying is that they need to control their calories to reduce their weight and thus lower their risk for developing type II diabetes. By reducing one’s portions and calories, they are also reducing risk for heart disease and kidney failure too.
So, the next time you hear someone say they need to go on a diabetic diet I suggest you politely let them know that is the diet everyone should be on and they are fortunate they are doing so. The so-called “diabetic diet” is the diet for everyone, young and old.
She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.