Diabetes has always fascinated me. My mom suffered from this disease and died from its complications, and now my husband is trapped in its madness. So when people ask what diet is best, the answer isn’t easy and isn’t the same for everyone.
Type 2 diabetes is unbelievably common, yet there is no “cure.” They say an offense is the best defense, but even so, over 100 million Americans suffer from type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetics. Every year that number increases instead of going down.
The onset is slow but steady, and luckily most people get a warning that you’re heading directly into its destructive path. But often people don’t take the signs seriously and ‘suddenly’ find themselves crossing the threshold and welcomed into the diabetic club.
As a child and spouse of a person with diabetes, I was bewildered to learn the limited education provided by our health care system on what foods to eat and how often to eat them. In fact, my husband was given a paper plate with lines drawn on it to indicate how many vegetables, carbs, and protein to eat. That was it – oh – and
“Good Luck!” as he walked out the door.
Most people who are recently diagnosed are left on their own to search the internet to find information -right or wrong- when food can literally save their life.
When I started to do some digging into the various diet options available, I found it fascinating the diet wars that occur within this community. Maybe its the society we live in today where tolerance and differences of opinions are snubbed. I’m not sure the reason why but the bias is real.
If your lifestyle or diet differs from another, you run the risk of being kicked out of a facebook group, or private messaged by people you don’t know with amazingly rude remarks. This happened to me numerous times by simply asking what I thought were valid questions – to others who traveled this road earlier.
The interesting fact is that many food plans work with people who have type 2. While some diets are stringent, rigorous and limiting, others are a little more relaxed and flexible.
Do you crush on fruits and vegetables? Good news! There’s a plan for you.
How about high protein? You’ll stabilize blood sugar eating this way too.
Is your passion olive oil infused foods? Lucky you, because you’ll savor the Mediterranean diet.
There are many options available for all your eating pleasure!
The key is to find the plan that fits your lifestyle, eating desire and budget.
There are several things all plans have in common which include eliminating sugar, processed foods, bad carbs and increasing your daily fiber.
Celebrate everyone who makes a positive change in their habits, mindset, and lives instead of taking on the diet wars that has infiltrated this community.
Bottom line? There is no “one size fits all” for people with diabetes and, no plan is better than another. The best method is the plan that works best for you!
Health is the celebration and is what we all want to accomplish.
Let’s stop the bullying and honor the awareness that there are many roads to take to arrive at the same destination. What works for one may not work for another.