The type of lifestyle you choose to live can have a drastic impact on how you manage your diabetes.

For example, diet can have a major impact on your health, especially for those with diabetes. It’s important to have an understanding of how food can affect you healthy depending on what you consume at mealtime.

In this article we’ll examine 10 diet and lifestyle tips that have been gathered from prominent nutrition experts for those with diabetes.

1. Carbs are not your enemy

Even though carbohydrates can have an impact on blood sugar levels, they shouldn’t be removed from your diet entirely. Carbs are a main source of energy used by the body to function efficiently. Focus on quality carbohydrates such as whole grains and fruit which can provide essential vitamins & minerals.

Buttered Bread with Knife

2. Watch portion sizes

Portion describes the quantity of food you decide to eat during mealtime without an objective measurement. For example a muffin, eggs and coffee can all be considered a portion. Try to include lean meats and vegetables in your diet which can make you feel more satiated and slow down a potential blood sugar spike, fiber can help keep blood sugar levels balanced. Be mindful of the amount of food you are consuming every meal. Use your plate to calculate the portions in your meal. As a basic rule of thumb, half your plate should be non-starchy vegetables such as leafy greens, broccoli and zucchini and the remaining half with lean protein such as chicken or beef. Carb counting, plate method and being conscious of the calories in your meals can help you control your portion sizes as well as your blood sugar levels & weight. Consult a doctor on what you should eat and how much.

Male preparting meals in plastic meal containers

3. Learn some Fruit facts

A diabetes myth is that fruit should be avoided by people with diabetes. The truth is that fruit is fine however should be part of a meal and not alone. The American Diabetes Association advises that fruit is fine as long as the person with diabetes does not have any food allergies to a particular fruit. Fresh or frozen fruits are better than processed fruits in a jar or can; or even dried fruits which are high in natural sugar.

Plethora of fruit that includes pineapple, watermelon, pears, strawberries and bananans

4. Fiber is your friend

Fiber is a type of carbohydrate found in plant-based foods such as vegetables, fruits and legumes and whole grain breads and cereals. It has been found that people with diabetes are at a higher risk of strokes and heart attacks. Consuming enough fiber (20-35 grams daily for adults) can lower the risk. Fiber helps control cholesterol level and avoid any cardiovascular problems. Dietary fiber is essential to your diet and can also regulate blood sugar levels, detoxify and promote a healthy bowel movement by serving as a pre-biotic.

Different types of fiber

5. Alcohol & Sweets should be an occasional treat

It should go unsaid that alcohol and sweets are not good for anyone’s health and moreso for those with diabetes. They should only be consumed once-in-awhile and with other foods to slow their absorption. For example, if you’re going to have a candy bar,