Food for thought. No. Food for feet! This week I’m going to spotlight how a few different foods can actually affect the health of your feet in a positive way. Check out some of these basic foods below that will actually improve the quality of your feet moving forward.
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Traditional meatloaf is usually made with ground chuck, which is high in artery-clogging saturated fat. You can create a healthier version by substituting low-fat ground turkey for the beef. In addition, you can reduce the carb count by cutting out the bread crumbs and using rolled oats instead. The oats can help regulate blood sugar, thanks to the high fiber and low glycemic index. This healthy meatloaf is finished off with great seasonings, and plenty of fresh and flavorful veggies. I always top mine off with some spicy salsa!
Not everything low-carb, low-sugar has to be tasteless. These diabetic-friendly pancakes are not only healthy and delicious, but also easy to make. Serve with fresh fruit to make it more filling, or add fruit right into the batter. For a heart-healthy option, use whole wheat flour.
Tip - Trading butter for applesauce is a healthy way to cut out excess fat and still enjoy the sweetness of pancakes.
In addition to the types of food and the overall volume, it’s also important to make sure that you’re aware of the timing and variety of your meals. Whether you’re diabetic or not, it’s going to be incredibly beneficial to your health and quality of life if you’re being smart about your eating habits.
To make things a little easier for you, here is a list we put together of 8 bad eating habits that should be avoided -
These avocados are stuffed with a flavorful southwest mixture of shrimp, bell pepper, jalapeno, and cilantro. It’s an easy, tasty lunch, snack, or even dinner!
I prefer to buy the raw shrimp and devein and cook myself, rather than the majority that are precooked. It makes all the difference in my opinion.
Looking for a healthy take on a comfort food favorite? How about Shrimp Scampi with Linguine?
All you have to do is sub olive oil for butter and zucchini noodles for pasta, and just 30 minutes later you’ll have a delicious and diabetes friendly Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles.
If you have type 2 diabetes, you’ve probably been advised by your healthcare team to incorporate healthier foods into your diet. In addition, you may have visited with a dietitian and mapped out a personalized meal plan to help you reach weight-loss or glucose-control goals. Nonetheless, what happens when, despite your best efforts, you still crave a food that’s not so healthy? For people with diabetes, this can be a serious problem.
Ahh snacking! Is there anything better in the world than opening a bag of potato chips and having a good snack? Of course there is, but a good snack is still a pretty amazing thing. : )
When you have to watch your weight and blood sugar, as most people with type 2 diabetes must do, potato chips and other fried snacks can quickly undermine your efforts. These processed foods add to your intake of calories, salt, and preservatives without providing much, if any, nutrition or fiber, which can help slow digestion a bit. Luckily, there are other options that provide great substitutes for traditional chips.
A basic smoothie can be a great way to include more fruits and vegetables in your diet. This healthy weight loss smoothie supports dieting goals and can be used in place of other snacks or meals. It can also provide you with the appropriate energy for exercise. These features are important for type II diabetes in which excess weight is a known risk factor. This filling and nutritious drink can boost your nutrient intake and help to stabilize blood sugar levels.
If balancing your blood sugar levels feels like hard work, these strategies can help.
When you live with diabetes, balanced blood sugar can be elusive. You might feel like you are always fighting high blood sugar levels, fearing low levels, and are never quite able to hit the ideal number when you test at home.
Aside from frequent testing on your own, your doctor will use a HbA1C test to show your average blood sugar level over several months. While there is an ideal range, your doctor will assess your results for your specific health needs.