Dietary Interventions

To keep blood sugar down, there will be many foods that need to be restricted or eliminated from your diet. It is critical to self-monitor your blood sugars before a meal and 2 hours after a meal. This will help you to learn how particular foods affect you.  Blood sugar self-monitoring is the ultimate measure of the effect foods have on your blood sugar.

These are the basic rules for normalizing blood sugar:

  • Eliminate all foods that contain simple sugars.  Breads and other starchy foods such as potatoes and grains, become glucose so rapidly that they can cause serious after-meal increases in blood sugar.
  • Limit your total carbohydrate intake to an amount that will work with your body chemistry.  In this way you will avoid an after-meal blood sugar increase and avoid overworking any remaining insulin-producing beta cells of your pancreas.
  • Stop eating when you no longer feel hungry, not when you are stuffed.
  • Follow a predetermined meal plan.

In general we have found the following list to work for the majority of diabetic clients (ie. Blood sugar does not spike 2 hours after a meal).

Eat lots of:

  • Leafy vegetables
  • Cucumber
  • Protein
  • Seafood
  • Avocadoes
  • Good fats
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Hard cheese
  • Eggs
  • Plain yogurt
  • Use butter and/or olive oil for cooking

Eat none of the following:

  • Sugar, candy, sweets, desserts
  • Grains and cereals
  • Pastas
  • Root vegetables
  • Rice
  • Milk
  • Cottage cheese
  • Tomatoes
  • Canned foods
  • Fruits and fruit juices (only one small fruit per day)
  • Pop
  • Artificial sweeteners except stevia

Again, it is important to check your blood sugars.  What causes one person’s blood sugar to spike after a meal may be different for another person.  You should feel free to experiment with food and then perform blood sugar readings.  It is likely that for any diabetics most of all of our restrictions will be necessary.