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Diabetes Diet: What to Eat When You Have Type 2 Diabetes: Dietary Restrictions, Dangers of an Uncontrolled Diabetic Diet
What is Type 2 Diabetes?
Let's face it, if you are overweight or obese you have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Many are already considered to have borderline diabetes (also known as pre-diabetes).
Unlike type 1 diabetes where the pancreas completely stops making insulin, type 2 diabetes is when the pancreas either has difficulty using the insulin it produces (insulin resistance) or the pancreas produces lower levels of insulin that diminish over time.
The goal for people who develop this disease is regulation of blood glucose (blood sugar) because the human body, once it develops diabetes, has trouble with naturally producing enough insulin.
Health Risks and Associated Complications
Studies have shown that uncontrolled diabetes can lead to the following:
- Kidney failure
- Vision loss
- Long term organ damage
- Nerve damage
- Heart disease
- Foot amputation, leg amputation
- Hand and/or arm amputation
Foods to Eat
Here is a safe list of foods to eat for a diabetes meal plan.
By including these yummy, super foods in your daily diet you will drastically lower your risk of diabetes if you have not developed it, and help control it if you have type 2 diabetes.
Top 20 Super Foods for Diabetes
- Melon (Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Honeydew)
- Tea (Green tea is highly recommended!)
- Red Onion
- Red Grapefruit
- Beans (Pinto beans, Navy beans, Black eyed peas)
- Flax Seed (Flaxseed)
Superfoods for Diabetes
Guidebooks and Recipe Books
As a type 2 diabetic myself I have bought so many recipe books, guides and snatched up any pamphlet I could get my hands on to find the best things I can do for myself.
The market is flooded with all sorts of diabetes diet books or books filled with recipes for diabetics. Some of them are worthwhile, others not so much.
A few of the guides and diabetic books that I favored can be found right on Amazon, and their links can be found in this article. Great resources and I still keep referring to them time and time again.
Diabetic Meal Plans
You Are What You Eat!
Foods that are on the do not eat list for the diabetic meal plan are usually packed with high amounts of:
- Carbohydrates (Bad Carbs)
With all the super satisfying, extra healthy foods out there it will be very easy to avoid foods that are an absolute no-no for diabetics.
There are healthy alternatives out there to many of these foods. Instead of going to restaurants and buying cheesy, greasy foods or purchasing a pack of cookies or a bakery good, there are diabetic friendly recipes out there that you should put to use.
Top 20 Foods to Avoid for Diabetes
- Luncheon Meats
(Processed lunch meats are the WORST for sodium, don't let the lower calorie count on some of those fool you!)
- Fried Chicken
- Store Bought Smoothies
- Store Bought Fruit Drinks
(Capri Sun, Juices, Minute Maid)
- Flavored Waters/Sports Drinks
- Regular Soda Pop
(it's just blended ice cream.. we know how bad that can be for sugar)
- Frozen Meals
- Hot dogs
- Diabetic Friendly Hot Dogs & Hamburgers
- Store Bought Cookies
- Frozen Pizza
- Restaurant Pizza
- Restaurant French Fries
- Oven-baked Sweet Potato Fries | Diabetic Connect
- Fish Sandwiches from Restaurants
- Chicken Sandwiches from Restaurants
- Store Bought or Bakery Cakes & Pies
You Can Succeed
There are many great foods out there that are diabetes friendly and heart smart foods, so pair them up with the super healthy power foods listed in this article to fuel your success in taking the first steps towards diabetes prevention, or controlling blood sugar that is already in the danger zone.
You can reverse type 2 diabetes so by avoiding the taboo foods and sticking with the super foods you will live a longer, healthier life.
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