Facts and Fiction for a Diabetic Diet
From the moment that you are diagnosed with diabetes your mind starts to wander in all sorts of directions. You start questioning how you got the disease and what is going to happen to your life now that you will have to change everything that you do on a daily basis. In your quest for the answers to all of your questions, people are going to have many things to say and you are going to find that much of what they tell you is just fiction and not fact. Asking questions is one of the most important things that you can do.
For example, eating a lot of sugar is not going to give you diabetes. Of course it is not exactly great for your health but it is not the leading cause of the disease. In fact, it is not 100% known what the bottom line is since there are many players. The type of diabetes that you have been diagnosed with is also going to play a role in what the causes are as well. Remember, diabetes is a complicated disease. Just because you eat sugar it does not mean you will end up diabetic.
You also may have heard that carbohydrates are not good for your diet when you have diabetes. This is a huge myth. The fact is that carbohydrates are a big part of your diet when you have diabetes. In fact, they are the backbone of a good menu. When someone tells you that you need to eat more protein they are wrong as this can cause you more trouble than you can imagine. Yes you can eat protein but you need to be careful of how much you actually eat. Of course, choosing carbohydrates that are full of vitamins and nutrients is a big plus in your favor.
A really scary myth is that you can no longer eat your favorite foods ever. This is absolutely not true. You will still be able to eat your favorite foods however you may just need to go about how you eat them a little differently. For example, you may have to watch the amount that you eat, how you cook it and what you eat with it at meal time. By working with your doctor you will be able to find ways that you can incorporate your favorite foods, even the sweet stuff, into your daily menu.
For anyone that tells you that you have to give up dessert, stop eating sweets, cannot use sweeteners or that you have to eat special meals, tell them that they need to read up on their diseases. All of those are tales and myths that do not apply. You can have sugar but in moderation, sweeteners are fine as long as you do not overdo it and special meals are the ones that you cook when you are going to have a special evening. Although you may need to make a few changes in your daily routine, you can still eat your favorites.
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