Nutrition and diet are traditional subjects, yet so many people cannot adequately define healthy eating. It’s more common for people to ask whether or not a particular diet can help with weight loss than it is to ask if it’s conducive to healthy living. While the ideal diet will combine both of these components, it’s ultimately the weight loss factor given more attention. Although this may be because those looking to improve their style of eating are usually doing so with a desire to lose weight: and that’s okay.
It’s not only important to eat healthily to fuel your body with the best nutrients, but also to…
- maintain or achieve a healthy weight,
- lower your blood sugar levels, and
- improve your cardiovascular health.
A healthy diet is one to help you with all of the above. While it’s unlikely healthy eating alone would fix all of an ill adult’s health issues, it can certainly make a significant difference for the better. And when it comes to weight loss and controlling Type 2 diabetes, a healthy diet may be all you need.
To further explain what it means to follow healthy eating, let’s go over some key components…
First and foremost, proper nutrition requires a balance. Eating some carbs and protein is simply not enough if you want to be healthy. You should eat a variety of foods of all kinds…
- different fruits and vegetables,
- various meats, and
- several sources of healthy fats.
Variety is the only way to ensure your body will be nourished with essential vitamins and minerals.
Next, it’s crucial always to keep blood sugar levels in the back of your mind – especially if you are a Type 2 diabetic. Contrary to popular opinion, there’s no need to be eating all the time. Frequent blood sugar spikes are harmful. If you must, have healthy snacks such as a small handful of nuts or fruit if you need something to hold you off until your next meal.
Also, it’s not only important what you eat, but also how you eat. If you eat too quickly, you are likely to overeat because you are not giving your body a chance to tell you it’s full. If you eat too frequently, besides the blood sugar spikes, you are not giving your body an opportunity to burn off fat. On that note, drink plenty of water to keep hunger at bay.
Lastly, behind an excellent diet is a physically active lifestyle. Exercise compliments your diet in every possible way. So never overlook the importance of physical activity: it combats insulin resistance so cells can remove sugar from the blood more efficiently.
While there’s no such thing as a perfect diet, what and how much you eat can both affect your Type 2 diabetes. But adopting a prudent eating plan need not mean dieting and deprivation, General rules do apply to eating for blood sugar control, but one diet does not suit everyone.