I try to live by the “if your food can go bad, it’s good for you” rule – the stuff that can survive on shelves for months is not good for you!
When you nourish yourself and your body with real, whole foods, you get the natural energy from foods, not the sluggish, fatigued feeling.
Key takeaway here: nutrition is NOT about deprivation! Deprivation usually leads to desperation, and you know how ugly THAT can get! All things in moderation, guys!
Any salt lovers out there? I like salt in moderation… my husband is a master at seasoning and never overdoes it, thankfully. But I don’t like overly salty things except for the odd salt and vinegar chip craving, really. Almost everything else I can take or leave it. Of course, a little salt activates the flavor… but thats a LITTLE.
A lot is a bad thing… puts you at risk for tons of health issues, bloats you, can dull your taste buds… so what can we better season our food with? SPICES!
There is no shortage of spices you can use to create a wide, and I do mean WIDE variety of flavors. And it’s a lot healthier, too.
Do you have a favorite spice to cook with?
I realize that people who aren’t diabetic, or don’t have a loved one who is have a limited scope/understanding of the disease. This is encompassed when someone asks me “should you be eating that as a Diabetic”? In my opinion (as in, for me personally) the answer is yes…
Because much of my lifestyle is in line with being healthy, I don’t feel guilty when I splurge on a treat. Do I keep it reasonable? Of course. But I don’t outright deny myself anything. My personality type is, when I get a craving or a desire in my head, it builds and builds unless I satisfy it. I find outright denying myself to usually have disastrous results. So I indulge, sensibly.
I try to be patient with people who don’t understand “the Diabetes” but I also feel its kind of rude to ask point blank “should you be eating that”, the same way its rude to ask someone overweight if they should be eating that cookie. Should they be? Perhaps not… But like I said, I feel like because most of my choices are in line with a healthy lifestyle, I don’t feel that treat should be forbidden.
I don’t make it a daily habit, of course. NO ONE, Diabetic or not, needs to be overindulging in sweets every day. But for me, denying myself is not the answer, either.
Balance. Moderation. Sensibility. These are the answers for me 🙂
Are you among the many who think that, as a diabetic, you need to avoid chocolate at all costs? A tip received from DLife indicates that’s not the case!
Research suggests that dark chocolate may have benefits for people with diabetes, when eaten in moderation. Dark chocolate has a low glycemic index and won’t spike blood sugar. Studies have shown that dark chocolate may also reduce insulin resistance and help the body process glucose better. The flavonoids found in chocolate can improve circulation, which may reduce the risk of neuropathy in people with diabetes.
Now, as always, it is important to note the keywords “in moderation“. This doesn’t mean you can dive face first into a chocolate river a la Augustus Gloop in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but it does mean you can satiate a craving for chocolate here and there!
More tips on Chocolate and Diabetes can be found here