Many of our patients suffer from some form of diabetes in our post acute community. Maybe you are similar. Maybe you’ve managed your diabetes everyday since your diagnosis, and you are great at it. But the holidays, despite being a joyous time, can throw you off balance. At South Coast Post Acute Care, we like to remind people with Type I or Type II diabetes that staying on track with healthy eating starts with healthy shopping despite the holiday season’s knack for making unhealthy foods more prominent in stores. Preparing a shopping list and planning before heading to the grocery store will keep you focused on buying healthy ingredients that will help keep your blood sugar under control during this crazy time of year. Here are a few tips:
What Types of Foods Should I Get?
There are many tips for grocery shopping that will help you:
- Never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach. When you are hungry, foods you might not ordinarily consider can be very tempting, so go shopping right after a meal or snack.
- Plan your menu for the week. Start with planning dinners as they require the most planning. Breakfast and lunch tend to be easier because these meals do not change much from day to day.
- Spend extra time in the produce department. It is important to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables. To supplement your fresh vegetables with low-sodium canned vegetables and frozen vegetables that are cut and ready to cook.
- Read food labels. The most important tool for shopping is the nutrition label. Reading food labels will make it easy to compare and find foods that have the nutrition value right for you.
- Treat yourself. There are many sugar-free foods that can satisfy your sweet tooth and help you control your blood sugar.
These are just some good pieces of advice that can help you stay on track with your nutrition and diabetes goals.