You have a sweet tooth and you have type two diabetes…do you have to give up sweets? NO.
Okay. End of post. NOT—
Denying yourself sweets will not help you with your type two diabetes. What it could lead to is craving and then gorging…not a great way to keep your blood sugars in the right range.
Also, having a moderate level of fat, between 30 and 35 percent of your calorie intake, can help to slow down digestion and paces the amount of glucose entering the bloodstream. Of course, the fats that are the healthiest and most heart protective are omega-3 fats and monounsaturated fats found in nuts, olive oils, canola oils, flax seed and fishy fish.
So, what to do?
Sweets, as well as white bread and other carbs will raise your blood sugar. However, if you eat them correctly you can definitely have them in your diet plan. One of the most important words in your vocabulary now is moderation.
Pay attention to serving sizes
Eating a whole package of cookies isn’t eating in moderation. But if you eat the cookies in its serving size and note the carbs you are eating, you’ll be able to keep cookies in your diet.
Pair your sweets with a meal
One way to help you keep your blood sugar under control is to eat your sweets as dessert.
Instead of having a baked potato and a dessert, substitute the sweet for that high carb food in your meal plan. Having both can not only raise your blood sugar but it can also increase your calorie intake.
Monitor your blood sugar and keep a log
One of the most important parts of your life with type two diabetes is blood sugar monitoring. Use your Dario glucose monitoring system to help keep you on track. A quick blood sugar reading 2 hours after eating can give you an idea of how you are doing with keeping control of your type two diabetes.
After eating your meal with a dessert, take a brisk walk. It will help you burn calories, help you increase your muscle mass and in the long run, increase your metabolic rate and help decrease your blood sugar levels.
So moderation in all things is the way to go with sweets. Keep up the good work and remember, being a pancreas isn’t easy…you’re doing the best you can.