If you’re diabetic and vegetarian, you may be after better ways to get all the nutrients you need from food without impacting your health in the process. Unfortunately, having diabetes can restrict what you’re able to eat and sometimes make it trickier to create healthy meals which still taste great.
Maintaining a balanced diet when you’re diabetic will go a long way in ensuring your blood sugars at the correct level. With a little know-how and a few new recipes under your belt, you’ll be able to enjoy healthy and utterly delicious meals every day of the week!
Whether you’ve had diabetes for most of your life or you’ve only recently be diagnosed, it’s important that you follow a healthy diet which isn’t high in the following:1
Foods which are high in either added or natural sugars are a big no-no for diabetics as they can play havoc with your blood sugar levels. As well as obvious things like biscuits, cakes and chocolate, many products may have sugar added to them without you realising. Watch out for yoghurt, breakfast cereals and juices in particular.
Eating large amounts of processed foods made from highly refined flour have been shown to increase blood sugar levels in those with diabetes. You should try to avoid eating lots of white bread and pasta or switch them up for a whole wheat or gluten-free product.
Remember that you should also always be aiming to eat at least five portions of fruit and veg a day. As some fruit can be high in natural sugars, it’s a good idea to make most of your five a day allocations vegetables if you’re diabetic.
If you’re keen to keep your diet healthy and free from the foods listed above, why not swap out:2