How To Make Your Kitchen Diabetes Friendly

How To Make Your Kitchen Diabetes Friendly

We know by now that we need to eat the right foods, need to work out, and do stuff that is healthy for us. Because maintaining good health does not happen by accident, it requires work and smart lifestyle choices. But sometimes when we wake up at 6 am to hit the gym before work or shunning the donuts in breakfast, it’s easy to lose sight of for what are we doing all these. So here are some top articles choices that can keep you motivated to lead a healthy lifestyle and keep diseases at bay.

How To Make Your Kitchen Diabetes Friendly

The most important step in controlling diabetes as well as preventing diabetes is to eat right and eating right starts at your kitchen. Hence, your kitchen should be diabetes friendly. A diabetes friendly kitchen is more important if you you have diabetic patient at home or if you are at risk of developing diabetes, because of your family history of diabetes. Diabetes friendly kitchen does not mean that you can not enjoy your favorite food and enjoy your meals daily. You can certainly have your favorite food and enjoy it too with diabetes friendly kitchen.

The nutritional needs of a diabetic individual is same as any other normal individual. Hence, the kitchen also need same ingredients at hand. What you need for controlling your blood sugar is to eat in moderation and eat right by making right choices and by adopting a better eating habit. Eat variety of foods and give special emphasis of plant based foods.

Why we need diabetes friendly kitchen?

What you eat can hurt you or help you in your health (especially diabetes) and what is available at our kitchen is what we eat. If you are diabetic, keep some diabetes friendly foods readily available at your kitchen and keep some foods off your kitchen away from your sight. Because, out of sight means out of mind.

In diabetes, it is more important what you should not eat, than what you should eat. So, keep some foods that you need to avoid, out of your sight.

Foods to keep out of sight:

some foods such as cookies, pastries, candies, sugary cereals, high-fat lunch, fried foods, all types of chips, cream-based foods, full-fat dairy products, juice, and sodas. If you keep these foods out of your cupboard and out of your sight, you will eat less of them and gradually get used to being without them. All the above mentioned foods are strict no no in diabetes, if you are serious about controlling blood sugar levels.

Foods to be kept readily available in your kitchen:

  • Fruits: keep a basket with variety of fresh fruits, on your table or in a counter, which should be at your hands any time. Fruits are rich in vitamins and minerals as well as soluble fibers, all of which are essential in diabetes and also for normal individuals.
  • Vegetables: keep variety of vegetables (especially those vegetables that can be eaten raw as salads such as cucumber, carrots, tomatoes, celery etc.) ready and handy. If you feel like eating something, just grab a vegetable and eat it. You can alternately eat fresh fruits from your fruit basket. Keep the vegetables in plastic bags.
  • Nuts: keep variety of nuts and seeds at hand, so that you can grab some at any time when you feel hungry. Walnuts, cashew-nuts, peanuts, pumpkin seeds are some easily available nuts and seeds to be kept at hand in your kitchen.
  • Cereals and grains: diabetics should eat whole grains and cereals. So, keep various grains and cereals at hand, such as brown rice, quinoa, whole wheat flour, maize, millet, and pearled barley. Grains are rich in insoluble fibers and complex carbohydrates, good for diabetes.

Organize your kitchen in such a way that healthy foods are readily available and unhealthy and non-diabetic friendly foods are out of sight.

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