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Living with Diabetes: 6 Tips for Making Healthy Eating Choices

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Learning how to eat right is an major part of controlling your diabetes and these tips on healthy eating can help.

Eat regular meals. Ask your health care team to help you choose a meal plan. Your dietitian may suggest you eat three meals and a snack or two every day at about the same times. Eating every 4 to 5 hours can help control blood sugar.

Eat a variety of foods. Choose a variety of foods to eat so that your body gets the nutrition it needs.

Eat less fat. Avoid fried foods. Foods that are baked, broiled, grilled, boiled, or steamed are more healthy to eat. Eat meats that have little fat. When you eat dairy products (cheese, milk, yogurt, and others), choose those that have little or no fat or cream.

Eat less sugar. You may find that eating less sugar helps you control your blood glucose level. Here are some things you can do to eat less sugar:

Eat less salt. Eating less salt may help control your blood pressure. Here are some ways to eat less salt:

Limit Alcohol. Alcohol can cause health problems, especially for people with diabetes. It adds calories and doesn't give your body any nutrition. Drinking alcohol may cause dangerous reactions with medicines you take. Your blood glucose can go down too low if you drink beer, wine, or liquor on an empty stomach. If you want to include a drink in your food plan once in a while, ask your health care team how to do so safely.

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Here's a great one-pot meal to warm and soothe a hungry, weary body after a hard day: Chunky Chicken, Vegetable and Rosemary Stew. (photo shown above)