Monday, July 9, 2012

Diabetic Healthy Diet and Life Style

Diabetic Healthy Diet and Life Style

"Diabetic Diet is not a Deprived Diet"

Article By DR.C.B.Krishna Kumar MD (Internal Medicine)

The Major Worry for all newly diagnosed diabetics is that there will be drastic changes and heavy restrictions on the types of food that they can eat.It may lead to a phobia regarding food and also the cravings may induce the patient to make unhealthy food choices.
Many myths and misconceptions surround the diabetic diet which we shall try to clarify here.

The diet for diabetes does not mean a "Sugar Free" diet. Sugar can be eaten as part of a balanced, health diet. Diet plays a vital role in the maintenance and quality of life in a diabetic,there is no reason that they should feel deprived even if there is certain amount of prudent restriction and life style changes that should be followed.

Following are some Beneficial Foods:  
These Can be taken in Abundance
  • Onions, Garlic, Cinnamon
  • High fibre foods like beans, lentils
  • Fenugreek Seeds
  • Fish
  • Barley
  • High Chromium Food (Broccoli)
  • Whole Grains - Millet,Rice,Wheat,Barley Grain
  • Algae Spirulina,Chlorella
  • Vegetables
  • Whole & Cooked Fruit
Foods with insulin like Action :

  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cucumbers
  • Green Beans
  • Garlic
  • Oatmeal & Oat Flour products 
  • Soybeans
  • Avocados
  • Raw & Green Vegetables
  • Wheat Green
  • Buck Wheat
  • Fresh Flax seed oil
  • GLA Oils (evening primrose,black currant seed oil, Spirulina)
Foods to Avoid:
A Diabetic should try to avoid what are now called as "White Foods" like the following.
  • Food rich in fat -Red Meat , egg, diary products
  • Sugars
  • White Flour,Rice.
These have a high Glycemic Index.

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