Changing the way you eat is a process, and it doesn’t happen overnight. If you prepare for the obstacles that may get in your way, you are less likely to be discouraged. Here are some tips and suggestions from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Talk to your health care provider before starting any diet plan.
Focus on 1 or 2 changes at a time. Eating regularly and balancing the amount of carbohydrates you eat during the day should come first. Then you might try to cut down on the amount of fat you eat. After that, check your portion sizes. Next, try to use less salt. Small steps. Once you’ve made those changes a routine part of your meal plan, you will likely be feeling proud of yourself and be ready to move on to more changes.
Get support from others
Healthy eating is good for everyone, not just people who are living with diabetes. It can be helpful to ask your family or others you live with to eat better with you. When everyone is following a healthy meal plan, you can support each other.
If you slip, get back on track
If you go off your plan, get back on track as quickly as you can with more determination. Talk to your diabetes care team if you are concerned about sticking to your meal plan.
Pat yourself on the back
When your new meal plan is going well, you should be proud of your progress. You may notice some weight loss, a boost in energy, and even blood sugar levels moving into your target range.
The more you see results from healthy eating, the more you’ll want to continue.