When you have diabetes that’s a loaded question.
What I eat, when I eat and how much I eat all affects my blood sugar. And controlling my blood sugar is my number one priority when it comes to managing diabetes.
How do I figure out what’s “best” to eat?
Do I pay attention to food groups? Count grams of carbohydrates? Count calories? Track glycemic indexes? Track vitamins and minerals? Eat goodcarbs? Don’t eat badcarbs? It’s all so overwhelming and enough to make me want to run from the room screaming.
While the short answer might be “yes” to all the questions listed above, that’s not realistic. It’s better to focus on a few things, do them well and get a positive result than to try to do everything, be scattered and ultimately fail.
My short answer to “How do I figure out what’s best to eat?” is threefold:
- Use the Healthy Diabetes Plate method to create balanced meals
- Count the grams of carbohydrates eaten at each meal and snack
- Test my blood sugar in pairs
More about these later.