April is gardening month, and a great time to focus on a healthier, diabetes-friendly meal plan. Eating in a way that keeps blood sugar levels stable is critical for your foot health, but it can seem overwhelming. One of the easiest ways to simplify your meal time decisions is to have a wide selection of homegrown vegetable options. Of course, if you’re lacking a green thumb, the produce section of your local grocery store will suffice.
If you do most of your shopping at the local farmer’s market (in season), or along the edge of your favorite supermarket, you’re likely making good choices for a diabetic diet. This is where you’ll find fruits and vegetables that serve as great carb and fiber options. You’ll also find milk products that are fat-free in the outer aisle. Low-mercury fish options prepared without frying serves as an excellent source of protein and omega-3s. Check out the meat department for options that are lean—chicken is a favorite pick!
Once you start going up and down the aisles, you’re likely to find more processed foods that are higher in everything—including salt, sugar, and empty calories. Don’t get sucked into the trap of diet drinks and low-sugar, processed snacks. Your whole family will benefit from avoiding junk foods.
A diabetic diet isn’t just about what you eat, it’s also a matter of portion and distribution. Meeting with a dietician will help you discover the best method of monitoring your meal plan. Some people use the exchange system, others opt for the glycemic index, and still others count carbs. Find the system that works best for you, and stick to it. Your feet will thank you!
Eating well and monitoring your foot health are two steps you can take to control your diabetes. At Edmond/Norman Foot & Ankle Clinic, we understand the seriousness of this disease, and we’ll walk with you every step of the way to keep your feet healthy. Make an appointment with Dr. Bil Buksh today. Call (405) 321-6984 in Norman, OK or (405) 285-7408 in Edmond, OK.
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