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Diabetes And Nutrition Go Hand In Hand

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Article by Arthur Gueli

Food is an essential component of anyone's life. The selection of foods becomes even more important for a good diabetes and nutrition program. In the North American culture, poor food choices have culminated in a population of obese individuals, many are pre-diabetic, others have type 2 diabetes and some have gestational diabetes. In all of these cases a proper diabetes and nutrition food management plan, can reduce weight by the recommended 5 to 7 percent. A diabetes and nutrition program can even help lower your blood sugar level and improve your general state of health.

It is not sufficient to simply rely on your insulin shots or medication prescribed by your doctor. They cannot do all the work. You will have to learn to regulate your food intake.

With the abundance of food available to us, sometimes it is not easy to choose wisely. That piece of chocolate cake can be much more tempting than having a small fruit salad in natural juices for dessert. A trip to your favorite fast food restaurant is more inviting than bothering to cook a meal on the evening that you come home tired from work. Perhaps all you want to do is curl up on the couch and not even bother to drag the family out for a meal. In this situation the idea of calling the restaurant to order that fried chicken or greasy hamburgers is oh so tempting.

However does it necessarily stop there? Do you limit eating out or ordering in to once a week, twice a week, or do you not even consider how many times you do this. What about breakfast, do you have a solid nutritious breakfast or do wake up already on the run, and grab a donut on your way out the door, or not even bother to eat breakfast at all? Yes we know, you are busy, busy, busy, but those calories are empty, empty, empty. There is very little nutritious value in much of the food choices you are presently making. Yet, these same foods are loaded in calories designed to keep the extra weight on. They are fatty and loaded with sugar.

Sometimes the idea of a diet scares people. They look at it as depriving themselves of the foods they love. A diet first of all is not a system of deprivation; it is a way of life. Do not look at it as depriving yourself of the foods you love, but rather look at it as giving yourself the healthy life style that you deserve. Do not look at is as losing anything, you are gaining a healthier you and in doing so, you are adding precious years to your life.

To start this journey to a healthier you, begin by learning how to make healthy food choices. A diabetes and nutrition program is designed to show you the proper foods to eat and then help you regulate the amount of food you eat in order to keep your blood sugar levels and weight in control and at normal levels. Included in this information you may also find good health smart recipes that are not only nutritious but delicious.

Once you learn the proper foods to eat you will also learn that you can extend your diabetes and nutrition management to outside the home. You will learn how to eat the proper foods when you are visiting friends and family, or going out to eat in restaurants. With a proper diabetes and nutrition and management program you can lead a normal life and enjoy much of the same foods you have always eaten; only now you will know how to do it the right way.

Carol Roach, M.Ed, B.A. is an author publisher and professional writer working with http://www.exquisitewriting.com She hails from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and specializes in psychology and health-related topics. She also has diabetes. Carol recommends Fit4D (formerly Fitness4Diabetics) as a health coaching service for those affected by diabetes.

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