By Beverleigh H Piepers
In regards to general eating and nutrition, diabetics have it harder than the average undiagnosed individual. There are just so many variables to consider. The Type 2 diabetic looking to improve their blood sugar levels and health will have to get used to the sensitive nature of their food choices.
One variable undoubtedly in the mind of many diabetics is snacking. Snacking doesn’t necessarily refer to frequent and disorganized eating as in the traditional sense. It also refers to small meals or portions consumed between main meals such as what you would eat between lunch and dinner.
Is snacking a good or bad thing for Type 2 diabetics? The short answer is it depends. Presumably, you can choose to eat something healthy, or something that offers you little nutritional benefit – but tastes great. Essentially, it is up to you to determine whether snacking will be a positive or negative addition to any nutritional goal you set for yourself.
Snacking is typically associated with poor eating behaviors because commonly we choose to eat foods that may or may not be of interest to our good health and stable blood sugar. Between salty chips while watching television late at night or an apple in between meals, it is clear which is the better snacking choice. Though a lecture solely comparing favorable and unfavorable snacks will not suffice.
Rather, what’s more important is to know the effect on your body of “good and bad choices” and, above all, develop a sense of moderation and balance when it comes to these choices. Try to eat healthier foods as often as you can. In fact, most of the time your eating plan or diet should be clean. This way, you can intentionally allow yourself your favorite foods (and snacks especially) in moderation, without any complications to your health.
At the end of the day, its balance that prevails. You just have to be more aware of your food choices to ensure your balances are appropriate. After all, if you have developed Type 2 diabetes it was likely due to a culmination of poor habits, especially those regarding nutrition. If you haven’t done so already, start to improve your nutritional knowledge. Consult a nutritionist or ask your doctor for a few book recommendations. You also have the internet to source healthy food choices and nutrition information.
Instead of focusing on what foods are good or bad, focus on how you can feed your body the way it deserves. If your goal is to improve your health as a person diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, it goes without saying you should be choosing from healthier foods regularly – where occasionally you can allow yourself a treat.
Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.