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Diabetes Diet: Six Foods That May Help Maintain Healthy Blood Sugar Levels

While there's no substitute for a balanced healthy diet, adding certain foods may help those with diabetes keep sugar levels under control. Coffee and cinnamon have made headlines as foods that might be able to help cut the risk of diabetes or help maintain healthy blood sugar levels. However, don't get the idea that such foods are magic pills for your diabetic diet. It's still important for people with diabetes to eat a balanced healthy diet and exercise to help manage the condition. Nevertheless, some foods, such as white bread, are converted almost immediately to blood sugar, causing a quick spike. Other foods, such as brown rice, are digested more slowly, causing a lower and gentler change in blood sugar. If you are trying to follow a healthy diet for diabetes, here are 6 suggestions that may help to keep your blood sugar in check. Porridge Porridge can help control blood sugar and the charity Diabetes UK recommends it to see you through the morning. Even though porridge is a carbohydrate, it's a very good carbohydrate. Because it's high in soluble fibre, it's slower to digest and it won't raise your blood sugar as much or as quickly. It's going to work better at maintaining a Continue reading >>

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  1. eleven

    Hi Ladies,
    I've just had my first appointment with my endocrinologist following my Gestational Diabetes appointment and after following his diet all day I was STARVING so just made myself a peanut butter sandwich. I'm disappointed in myself but was honestly too hungry to sleep.
    The diet I'm supposed to eat includes only the following...
    2 slices of toast. No butter, just a scrape of vegemite
    (porridge/weetbix or eggs are other options but I don't eat those foods)
    1 piece of fruit (only choose from apple, pear or orange)
    small serve of pasta with tomato based sauce or
    salad with small amount of protein
    1 piece of fruit (only choose from apple, pear or orange)
    grilled or steamed protein with vegetables.
    No potato, rice, sweet potato, carrot, pumpkin.
    That's it.
    It's simply not enough for me. I feel tired and starving!
    IS this enough food for a pregnant mumma? I know I usually eat more than one apple for a snack twice a day...

  2. I'mBeachedAs

    I think you need to increase protein. That's quite different to how I eat with GD.
    This is what I ate today:
    Bf: 2 weetbix, a few blueberries and milk. If not this I have 2 slices of multigrain toast with natural peanut butter for protein.
    Snack: handful of almonds
    Lunch: 2 multigrain wraps, leftover burrito mince and salad
    Snack: green apple
    Dinner: chicken and vegetables
    Increasing protein will help keep you full for longer. Try to also consider low GI carbohydrate options as all toast/pasta/rice are not created equal. It's also about working out what suits your body.

  3. Future-self

    For reasons not relevant I followed a low GI gestational diabetes diet during the later stages of my pregnancy with DD even though technically I didn't have Gestational diabetes. I ate more than you listed!
    The National diabetes association is a good start
    I then followed the QLD health ideas
    There's so many different combinations of foods, you need to take the time to see what works for you and your blood sugar

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