Posted 11/17/2020 in Diabetes
November is National Diabetes Month and Regional Medical Center (RMC) would like to shed some light on this important topic. Unfortunately, diabetes is stigmatized as being shameful and burdensome. Our goal is to remove that stigma and give you a fresh perspective on how to “have your cake and eat it too.”
Those with diabetes often avoid sugar in order to keep blood sugar levels stable. Our RMC Diabetes Educators are here to tell you that you can enjoy that dessert without any guilt. Cara Recker, RMC Dietitian and Diabetes Educator shares, “I NEVER tell people they need to avoid sugar, because my first goal is to NORMALIZE food, before ever talking about stabilizing blood sugars.” She adds, “There is no good vs. bad food; it’s all just food and does not define your morality.”
Instead of avoiding, try finding the right eating pattern that will help diminish sugar cravings and balance blood sugars more consistently.
- Regular Meal Patterns - Don’t let yourself get overly hungry. That is when the “hungry monster” hormones kick in gear and want to be fed sugar.
- Balanced Meals - There are three major food components that help to keep you full and your blood sugars stable: protein, healthy fat, and fiber.
- Tasty Food - Eat foods that taste good and satisfy you. Don’t eat foods you “think you should” but taste like cardboard.
You are not a robot, and you should not expect to have the exact same blood sugar readings all the time. Make a note of how your body reacts, learn from it to help make future food choices, and feel confident that you are allowed to sometimes eat dessert. It’s normal to sometimes crave food. By all means, eat that cookie with pure enjoyment and without any guilt.
If you would like to learn more about Diabetes Management and want to schedule an appointment with one of our RMC educators, please call 563-927-7763.