Often people with diabetes are scrutinized when they sit down to eat, either socially, by family, or their own conscience that is always questioning the kind and quantity of foods they consume. How frequently we hear that because they have Diabetes, these persons cannot eat fruits like banana, grapes or deserts like pound cake or pizza? However, THIS IS NOT SO and I would love to share with all of you, not only the possibility of doing so but the way in which to do it.
Having Diabetes and being able to eat everything requires learning certain strategies. I think when we are told that we have Diabetes, it’s like signing up for a beginners’ training course in something new. What does this mean? It means that we must first summon the willingness to undertake this new challenge or ACCEPT that we are beginning a new stage of learning. This ALWAYS depends on our good attitude, in the face of the diagnosis, which will enable us to generate the COMPETENCE to be a person with Diabetes who is sufficiently KNOWLEDGEABLE to take on the responsibility and have the focus to reach GOOD CONTROL.
How do we accomplish GOOD CONTROL?
Now, if you like, we can learn to construct our own building. The food plan is one of the fundamental pillars in achieving good control or the construction of our own edifice to appropriately manage kinds and quantities of foods that we can consume. We begin by learning:
1. There are 6 basic food groups.
2. Which foods belong to each of these groups?
3. Which of these foods in the food groups are
transformed into sugar (Glucose)?
4. What is the recommended size of the portions?
5. How many portions of each group are allowed
in each one of our meals?
6. How many grams of carbohydrates (CHO) are
allowed in each meal?
Now is the time to find and keep on hand a food plan designed by a Nutritionist or Dietician. In our next conversation, we will work on the first three points above.