Summer Eating Tips for Diabetics


Summer is here and in full swing. Summer is more than just a season in our calendar year. With summer, comes outdoor fun, beaches, warm weather, sun tans, and of course endless summertime dishes. Barbecue is considered the norm during summer, and sometimes the food you are eating is inescapable, especially at a friend or family barbecue party.

When you are not contributing to the menu, most of the time meals will not be diabetic friendly. Luckily there are some healthy alternatives to enjoy your favorite foods. Living with diabetes does not mean you will never be able to eat normally again, and enjoy your favorite foods.

When summer comes around, it is more important than ever to balance your food groups. Hot dogs, hamburgers, and potato chips are going to be prevalent. There is nothing wrong with enjoying a hamburger and a few potato chips. One thing that is important to understand is that you have to balance your diet accordingly.

Living with diabetes does not mean you cannot have any carbs whatsoever, and it also does not mean you have to strictly eat protein. In fact studies have shown that eating too much protein, especially animal protein, may actually cause insulin resistance. Having a healthy variety of many different foods groups promotes naturally healthy body functions. Balance may be the most important factor for summer eating.

Another thing you are going to want to consider is what you eat, when you eat, and how much. What you are eating should me mostly plant foods. Delicious corn on the cob, house salads, vegetable dips, and fruits are great. Keeping regular meal and snack times also help to keep more constant blood sugar levels. If you are planning a day to the beach, pack a lunch and snack foods that can hold you over between breakfast and dinner. Maybe a deli sandwich with a few crackers, or even a fruit salad. Yum! After you have what to eat and when to eat figured out, it is important that you have portion control.

Even the most heathy of foods can add weight with too much quantity. Weight is a key contributor in diabetes. Remember, just because you are living with diabetes, doesn’t mean you are alone. Individuals without diabetes practice the same eating habits, because it is simply healthy! Eat healthy, be healthy.

If you are having trouble finding the right foods to eat, there are always other options. If you are going to be attending a summer outing, and you are concerned that you won’t be getting all the nutrients you need, then you can always offer to make a dish! Nine times out of ten your friends or family will love if you are to help out with a few dishes. Bringing a dish is also great conversation starter, and lets you show off your cooking skills, as well as your passion for tasty foods! Bringing your own dish lets you control what is going into the food, and then you don’t have to worry about what is going to be available come dinner time.

Along with every meal comes a cool drink as well. Of course, ice water is always best. If that seems a little boring try a lemon slice to add a little bit of flavor to your refreshing drink. Other options you have are unsweetened teas, or diet sodas. Both are just fine, and tasty. Don’t count out green tea. Green tea has endless health benefits, and served on ice can be quite refreshing. Of course, the summer drink menu usually comes equipped with alcoholic drink menus. There is nothing wrong with enjoying an ice cold beer, or margarita. Just know your limits and make sure to drink these beverages during a meal.

Summer is always loads of fun. Don’t let diabetes damper your mood. Remember to balance your meals correctly, preform proper eating habits, and even contribute to the menu. If you follow these simple tips, summer will continue to be a blast, and you can be a little less worrisome. Living with diabetes doesn’t have to hold you back from having a great summer!

This article was written by Alyssa Jacobs. Alyssa is an enthusiastic health care advocate. She frequently blogs on topics including healthcare, fitness, lifestyle, and skincare. She works to with, providing you with the best acne treatments.

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