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Food Help for Type 2 Diabetics

By Stephen R. Farris

Chances are you know someone who is dealing with type 2 diabetes. You may have been diagnosed with it yourself. If so, you know you've been told that certain foods cannot be included in your diet anymore. It's very frustrating having to change up the way you've eaten all your life. 

It's a necessary evil that has to be followed, along with regular exercise, watching your blood sugar levels and taking your prescribed medication. By not following what the doctor ordered could lead to other health conditions we don't want to have to deal with.

However, changing your diet and the way you eat isn't altogether a bad thing. You might just be surprised at the good it can do overall.

Picky, Picky, Picky is Good

Choosing foods that are low in sugar isn't too difficult, especially if you add raw fruits and vegetables to your diet. However, some fruits may be higher in sugar than others so it's best to study up on the ones that are beneficial to you. Consuming foods low in sugar can help decrease your risks of developing vision problems, stroke, heart and kidney disease, so yes, picky is good.

Don't Forget the Fiber

We tend to overlook getting enough fiber in our diet. It's essential for maintaining good health, especially when it comes to obesity, heart disease and our colon. Foods high in fiber, such as berries and pears, or vegetables like artichokes and broccoli, are great sources to choose from and are packed with nutrients. And let's not forget about that breakfast favorite, oatmeal.

Now We're Cooking!

What is one thing found in nearly every kitchen we use to cook food with? Besides a frying pan, it's cooking oil. Sticking to our health consciousness, the best ones to use in your diet are olive oil, canola, safflower and corn oils. These are considered to contain good fats.

Avoid These, Period

There's plenty of great food choices available, yet we still -- from time-to-time -- crave some of those from our old lifestyle. Avoid these unhealthy products like chips, canned soup (packed with sodium that we don't need), meals made for the microwave (see canned soup), cake, candy and cookies, and pasta. Of course, this is just a short sample of a long list. Just remember, it's not only about eating right, it's about eating to live.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Tampa, Fla.

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