Change Your Relationship With Food to Help Control Diabetes

images (21)If you’re like many people, you likely have a love-hate relationship with food. On one hand, you love food for what it provides you: sustenance, pleasure, and satisfaction. On the other, you’re troubled by what it can cause: indigestion, weight gain, and high blood sugar levels.

Eating itself is not inherently harmful to you or your health. Even if it were, there would be no avoiding it. You simply need to eat for your body to survive and thrive. This fact alone eliminates the idea fasting for extended periods of time is beneficial to your health. (Although short-term fasts do have their place in a healthy lifestyle.)

As you’re undoubtedly aware, what’s ideal is to establish a balance. Avoid overeating, but also avoid extremely low-calorie diets. Find a daily intake where you are slightly hungry for much of the day, to ensure you are able to maintain a healthy weight. But also make sure you can eat at least one satisfying meal that includes a healthy variety of foods.

Here’s an example of a healthy meal for just about any adult…

  • seasoned chicken or turkey breast,
  • sweet potatoes,
  • steamed vegetables, and
  • fresh fruit for dessert.

When you start making positive changes to your eating plan, you can begin to take control of your health. Even if you are not guilty of poor food choices, there is always something you can do to improve your nutrition.

Minor changes themselves can make a difference. Avoiding the late-night chips and having some Greek or plain yogurt instead is a wiser choice.

If you are a person diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, you will benefit from making positive changes to your eating plan. Not only to lose weight – but importantly to also lower your high blood sugar levels to help prevent one of the diabetic complications that may threaten your life.

Many people have a love-hate relationship with food that will probably never change. But your current relationship with food can certainly change. And depending on your circumstances, adjustments may be necessary. If your doctor has…

  • advised you to lose weight,
  • if your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, or
  • if your blood cholesterol profile needs improvement,

they are signs you must change your relationship with the type of food you eat.

In theory, it’s a simple process. All you have to do is start seeing your meals as a form of sustenance at a basic level. Start eating to fuel your body – as opposed to your appetite. In practice, it can be a challenge. But don’t fret, because you will learn and improve along the way.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.