Controlling Diabetes The Natural Way

There is no cure for diabetes, but it can be treated effectively through a combination of diet, exercise and the proper medication. While Type II diabetes can initially be controlled through diet and exercise alone, Type I diabetes requires insulin as well as diet and exercise modifications.

Making Exercise Part Of Your Program

Exercise is an essential part of treatment for anyone, and typically lowers blood glucose by increasing the need for glucose by the muscles. Try to make exercise part of your overall routine. By choosing activities you enjoy, you will be motivated to engage in them more frequently and make them part of your lifestyle.

Exercise Guidelines For The Diabetic

Before mild to moderate exercise, eat a high-carbohydrate snack such as peanut butter, lower-sugar fruit, or yogurt. Always take some form of complex sugar along when you exercise. If you feel dizzy or confused, stop exercising and take some form of healthy sugar immediately.

Try to work out with others and let them know you have diabetes so they know what to do if problems occur.

Simple Ways To Cook Healthier

For diabetics with a sweet tooth who like to cook but want to avoid sugar, diet sweeteners are marketed as your answer. But don't waste a lot of time and ingredients baking with the chemical sweeteners when you can bake healthier using modified natural ingredients. And as a diabetic, focus on "trading off" your meals.

When you have diabetes or if you simply want to avoid ever having diabetes, your nutrition goal should include eating low-fat, low-cholesterol foods and meals, minus the invasion of chemicals found in the various diabetic food products. Typically in today's society, some of your favorite foods might not fit this mold. But don't get frustrated: they can with an easy adjustment. Whether it's an ingredient substitution (a natural one, that is) or a different cooking technique, the result can taste better than you ever imagined without using chemical sweeteners. Best of all, you'll feel really good knowing that you're taking care of your diabetes while you're enjoying real food! Try these "chemical free" suggestions:

TOSS THE YOLK - Whenever a recipe calls for two eggs, throw out one yolk and you'll save 45 calories and 5 grams of fat. This works with casseroles, scrambled eggs, egg salad, and desserts.

SLIM DOWM MEATS WITH BULGUR - Substitute bulgur for part of your ground beef dishes. The meat will come out fluffier and leaner. For every pound of beef, mix 1/2 cup soaked and drained bulgur. Bulgur is a form of cracked wheat in the grain aisle of most markets. Adding bulgur also adds fiber, which is very good for controlling blood sugar.

MARINATE TO ADD FLAVOR - Lean meats are less tender and much drier than fatty meats, but the fat must be avoided in the diabetic diet. Marinating your meat not only tenderizes, but also adds flavor. Different marinades include Bragg's®, broths, citrus juices not from concentrate, vinegars, and herbs and spices.

GRILL - Grilling intensifies flavors, concentrating the food's natural flavors due to the high heat. Instead of sautéing your vegetables, try marinating and grilling them.

"FRY" IN THE OVEN - Baking at high heat creates the same results as frying, but without as much fat. This works best with oven-fried potatoes opposed to French fries, homemade whole-wheat tortilla chips and breaded chicken.

Bon Appetite!

Posted November 2004 | Permanent Link

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