There are so many myths about what and how diabetics should eat that it is tough to weed out fact from fiction in diabetic plans. The truth of the matter is that the body uses glucose to fuel metabolic processes, and all foods are eventually converted into glucose for fuel. The first thing people think of when diabetes is mentioned is abandoning sugar altogether. Many are still operating under the false impression that if they do not eat sweets, their diabetes will be okay.
Diabetes menus include a healthy balance of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Those are the macronutrients. The foods chosen to round out what is needed for the daily intake of macronutrients are picked to meet the requirements of providing healthy levels of micronutrients as well. The micronutrients are the vitamins and minerals a diabetic needs to live as healthy as possible. Daily recommended intakes of certain micronutrients may need to be higher or lower for a diabetic since standard recommended levels are for those who have no health issues.
A Type 2 diabetes diet plan often is designed for weight loss since being overweight is one of the causes of Type 2 diabetes. Another associated cause is living a sedentary lifestyle. Diabetic cookbooks for controlling Type 2 diabetes are made to provide tasty recipes to be enjoyed that are lower in calories and fat with the carbohydrates being complex rather than simple.
A simple carbohydrate would be a chocolate bar. A complex carbohydrate would be rice. The math of caloric intake determines weight loss or gain. To lose weight, one must eat less calories than are burned. Technically, it does not matter if the calories come from the chocolate bar or a bowl of rice. However, simple carbohydrates are sorely lacking in the proper levels of nutrients needed to live in optimal health.
Exercise burns calories and builds muscle. Muscle consumes more energy around the clock than fat does. Exercise also is protective for the heart and circulatory system. Diabetes is a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease. This is why exercise is another important component in diabetic health plans. Regular exercise increases strength and stamina that help prevent loss of energy that leads to sedentary living. This controls weight and further reduces the chance of acquiring diabetes associated complications.
There is no magic formula for diabetes. It is a lifelong process for those who have it. Each day should be approached as another chance to do as many things right as far as diet and exercise are concerned. It is not the little mistakes or even the little victories. It is what we accomplish overall in trying to keep to a diabetic plan.