Whether we live to eat or eat to live is a question with a pinch of humor. The sarcasm is mostly directed to people who are supposed keep diet control. Always and to all it is nice to have a balanced food intake for healthier life. More so with Diabetics; diet control is first and foremost. Management of food by the body is in trouble. It has to be streamlined so much so that your body gets balanced nutrients. Enough carb, protein, fat, Vitamins and minerals together with sufficient fibers. It should also aim at controlling the weight.
So far you had been eating freely. Now you understand that you have to control food. What I can eat is a natural question with a lot of confusion and anxiety attached to it. The consoling and true answer is that you can eat everything in moderation except direct sugars and sugar in prepared foods and beverages. The best policy is to consume less carbohydrate, fats and oils. Consume more vegetables, preferably raw vegetables and low calorie foods. Avoid sugar, honey, sweets, chocolates, soft drinks, payasam, dried fruitsand fried foods. Rice, Chapathy, Doasa, Idali, Puttu, Appam,Uppuma are to be taken in moderation. Vegetables, green leafy vegetables, unrestricted. Fruits to be minimum. Protein containing foods like Dals , small fishes, grilled fishes and Chicken have to be preferred . Measured management definitely give good dividend.
The general policy of meal timing 4 main meals and 4 snacks. Breakfast, lunch, evening snack ,dinner and every 2 to 3 hours some low calorie filler foods like one or two biscuits, one large glass of butter milk , egg white, carrot Juice or cucumber juice, sprouts, salads. Never skip meals. Train your stomach. Prevent glucose dip. The discipline is for life. Living with Diabetes is to be made easy. See the following sample diet plan. Suppose you are a 60 kilo man .You can have a tea or coffee at 6.30 in the morning with ½ glass milk and the rest water without sugar. At 8.30 you can have your breakfast with 3 iddalies and a cup of plain sambar (without potato sand other tubers), white of an egg and a glass of vegetable juice. At 10.30 you can have 2 small biscuits without cream. At 12.30 P.M you can have a big glass of butter milk. At 1.30 you have your lunch with 1 cup of rice , one fish piece, sambar, lots of vegetable salad , At 3.30 you can have 2 biscuits. At 5 P.M you have yourevening snack with tea or coffee , Moong dal sprout salad. At 7 P.M. you can preferably have your dinner 3 chapthies with veg curry and ½ apple. Always assemble items in your plate before start eating. Eat slowly. Drink 2 litres of water every day. Work out a working diet plan in cooperation with other family members. Make it refreshing than boring. Eat slowly with other members of the family. Learn to live with your share comfortably.