How Diet Affects Diabetes Type 2 and What Foods to Avoid
For people living with type 2 diabetes, your insulin level is very sensitive to food choices. You may have been told to avoid eating too many starches, processed foods, or foods with a lot of sodium, but are you aware of some of the more subtle food combinations that can cause slight insulin imbalances?
These slight imbalances may or may not show-up when you take a blood-sugar reading at home, yet you’ll be able to feel them. Check-out the tips below to enhance your insulin balance and increase your energy!
Lactose & Sucrose
Even the healthiest cereals on the market often contain some type of sugar, and there’s something else to consider. When lactose, or milk sugar, even in small “recommended” doses, interacts with sucrose, your system can go haywire!
Lactose and sucrose when mixed together can speed-up your heart rate, cause you to feel suddenly fatigued, or make you feel very hungry even if you’ve just eaten. Instead of eating cereal and milk, opt for a breakfast high in protein.
Bread & Veggies
Vegetable platters are a great choice when you want to eat healthy, but most vegetable combos already contain starches. If you add bread to this already starchy meal, even the healthiest of breads can cause your system to imbalance with all of that starch. Even rice and veggie platters can be too much and cause an energy crash later on.
Remember, adding a little healthy protein is far better than adding extra starch!
Food & More Food
While you certainly don’t have to avoid eating combinations of foods all together, without strict guidelines, it can be far too easy to consume too much food.
Keep in mind that your body can only process around 500 calories at a time before some of it starts converting to fat. The smaller and healthier your meals, the easier your body will be able to digest, and the better your digestion, the better your health and insulin levels!
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