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What Foods Can I Eat as a Diabetic?

October 20, 2015 by  
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foods to eat with diabetes and a blood glucose monitor

There are many misconceptions about what you can and cannot eat when you are a diabetic. The truth is, most diabetics are able to eat most foods, in moderation of course.

Trying to decide what foods you can and can’t eat does not have to be hard. There are many myths about what types of food are good for you and what is off limits for diabetics. People with diabetes will benefit from the same healthy habits as everyone else, but the truth is that most things in moderation are fine for diabetics. The only way to know how your body will react to a certain food or beverage is to try it out and test your blood glucose levels.

If you want to know how a food will affect you it is best to start a food journal. Test your blood glucose level before you eat or drink. Then eat or drink a reasonable portion. About two hours later test your blood glucose again. If your blood glucose is under 140 then you are properly metabolizing that item. If your blood glucose is above 140 then you should probably avoid that particular item.

There are still many best practices that would be in your best interest to adhere to. Portion control is key. Below is a chart that shows the recommended portions for various foods using your hand as a reference point.

portion recommendations compared to hand size


As always it is recommended that you stick to a healthy diet for the most part. Trying to eat 5 fruits and vegetables a day, whole grains instead of processed, small portions of lean proteins, and small amounts of healthy fats are all a part of a healthy diet. Cheating is also a part of a healthy diet. Just make sure you know what your body can handle the item you want to eat, and allow yourself to enjoy a treat every now and then!


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