- Eat lots of vegetables and fruits. Try picking from the rainbow of colors available to maximize variety.
- Eat non-starchy vegetables such as spinach, carrots, broccoli or green beans with meals.
- Choose whole grain foods over processed grain products. Try brown rice with your stir fry or whole wheat spaghetti with your favorite pasta sauce. Increase your fiber intake.
- Include dried beans (like kidney or pinto beans) and lentils into your meals.
- Include fish in your meals 2-3 times a week.
- Choose lean meats like cuts of beef and pork that end in “loin” such as pork loin and sirloin. Remove the skin from chicken and turkey.
- Choose non-fat dairy such as skim milk, non-fat yogurt and non-fat cheese.
- Choose water and calorie-free “diet” drinks instead of regular soda, fruit punch, sweet tea and other sugar-sweetened drinks.
- Choose liquid oils for cooking instead of solid fats that can be high in saturated and trans fats. Remember that fats are high in calories. If you’re trying to lose weight, watch your portion sizes of added fats.
- Cut back on high calorie snack foods and desserts like chips, cookies, cakes, and full-fat ice cream.
- Decrease your carbohydrate intake, this includes sugars, especially refined sugars.
- Eating too much of even healthful foods can lead to weight gain. Watch your portion sizes.
For additional information and helpful resources please visit the American Diabetic Association website.
Every patient under the care of a Suburban Home Health Care professional will receive a detailed plan of care designed specifically to meet the needs of the patient. The information above is offered as a helpful resource to our viewers, but should not be considered a substitute for professional medical attention. Call our office today and let us develop a plan of care for you or your loved one.