Everyone needs a varied and balanced diet with diabetes or not. It is the pillar of good health! This is one of the recommendations we receive daily from the media but is the information we receive always accurate?
We tend to be more and more directed towards a consumption of industrialized products which are difficult to assimilate by our organism, very impoverished in nutritive elements, often too sweet or too salty and overloaded with preservatives.
In addition to carbohydrates (starch, bread), protein (meat, fish, eggs or vegetable protein), and lipids (fat) our body needs water, vitamins and minerals and the best way to assimilate is to consume unprocessed fresh products as often as possible.
Balanced eating also means eating quality foods. Our growing consumption of sugars is worrying because sugar is too present in supermarket products, hidden under different types of names and that therefore we have trouble identifying. So, take the time to know the products you consume. To take good eating habits is to preserve one’s health as long as possible. For the child, a balanced diet is all that the body needs for growth and psychomotor development. For the diabetic child, it is also to participate in the balance of his diabetes, to vary the meals and to be able to eat while adapting his insulin according to the menu. Let’s make meals with our children a convivial moment of discovery and pleasure.
Tip#1: Read the tags
No matter where you shop, supermarket or small shop, organic store or not, the first thing to do when you want to buy a consumable product is to read the label. I recognize that often it is written in very small and there is information that we have a little trouble decoding. What I invite you to do is to look mainly at how many carbohydrates and sugars your product contains, to compare it with another and to focus on the one that contains the least. It’s important for you to know what you are consuming.
Example: you want to buy a bottled fruit juice and you see that the amount of sugar in the first product is 20g of sugar per 100ml (4 pieces of cube sugar for a drink), you can easily find another product that will contain 10 g of sugar per 100 ml (2 pieces of cube sugar for a glass).
Tip#2: Eat fresh as often as possible
If possible, it is best to replace bottled or brick fruit juice with fruit juice or fresh fruit. The best time to consume fruit is in the morning or afternoon because these are the times when they will be most beneficial. The fruit is digested faster than other food categories so eating it alone or first during a meal allows faster digestion and allows your body to fully assimilate vitamins.
If you shop in organic stores, you can consume the skin without problems. If this is not the case, remember to wash your fruits or peel them if it is not possible to wash them in the moment.
Tip # 3: Eat with variety
To continue in the example of the fruit, it is important to vary them! The ideal is to consume the fruits of the season as much as possible. This allows you to change according to the season but specially to have naturally sweet fruits and good for the health.
Similarly, for vegetables, always favor seasonal vegetables!
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