Type 2 Diabetes – Diabetes and Changing to a Healthy DIet
Diet is a difficult thing to change, and researchers at the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon in Mexico have begun to study the difficulty. Their results were published in the Journal of Education and Behavior in July 2013.
Their study included 21 men and 24 women with Type 2 diabetes. Three phases of dietary change were identified:
in the initial or first phase, the diabetics were given their new dietary plan.
in the second phase the participants began to accommodate the new diet and adapt to the new plan.
in the third phase, or crisis, the diabetics found themselves unable to stick to the new diet plan.
The worst obstacles included eating with others, replacing animal fats with vegetable fats, and replacing meat with legumes and vegetables.
From this information, it was concluded more research is needed to find ways of helping diabetics to stick with healthful diets.
Vegan diets have been shown to be the best kind for diabetics, although starting a vegan diet can be tricky. One person who was told to eat a vegan diet asked if she should cook a pound of broccoli for dinner.
Eating healthy is difficult after many years of eating the typical Western diet, but help is near. The American Diabetes Association has an excellent assortment of cookbooks for diabetics. Many contain recipes that call for vegetables or fruit. The Healthy Carb Diabetes Cookbook, for instance, has recipes for common vegetables, fruits, and whole grains that are easy to find in your local grocery store.
Another method of improving your diet might be to use veggie meat substitutes, such as veggie burgers, veggie chicken, and veggie dogs. The last in the list is so much like hotdogs that people who have recently eaten hotdogs can not tell the difference. Make your …
veggie burger or veggie dog with whole wheat bread.
salad with veggie chicken, lettuce, tofu, and your favorite chopped veggies served cold and crunchy.
use veggie crumbles in whole wheat pasta dishes. Bring one of your dishes to a potluck and see if people can tell the difference.
make a chipotle kale snack to share with friends.
The OrdinaryVegan website has a recipe for making kale chips with olive oil and chipotle paprika. Ohsheglows.com suggests making tortilla pizza with roasted tomatoes, basil cashew cheese (made with all plant-based ingredients), and large tortillas (use the whole wheat kind). Another website, Foodnetwork.com offers a recipe for hummus, a great dip for crisp whole raw veggies. Use chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini (sesame paste), water and hot sauce. Serve at a party or at home for a high protein snack instead of meat.
Thousands of other recipes for healthful vegan dishes abound on the internet and at most libraries and bookstores, so there is no need to feel deprived.
Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. By making easy changes to your daily routine, its possible to protect your heart, kidneys, eyes and limbs from the damage often caused by diabetes, and eliminate some of the complications you may already experience. Although it takes effort, it is possible to change your eating plan and lower your blood sugar readings.