Friday, April 28, 2017

- Why You Should Be Eating More Vegetables and Berries

Type 2 Diabetes - Why You Should Be Eating More Vegetables and Berries

Type 2 Diabetes - Why You Should Be Eating More Vegetables and Berries
By Beverleigh H Piepers

When it comes to staple foods, there will always be foods that are better options than others for people with Type 2 diabetes to include in their eating plan. Especially if body weight and blood sugar are serious concerns. While white rice is a staple for many, any whole-grain alternative would be better for someone trying to improve their blood sugar control. Lean meats are excellent sources of protein but are not viable for vegetarians, who must find a different way of getting their protein in a healthy manner.

As far as carbohydrates go, there are many ways to meet your daily requirements - even if you have Type 2 diabetes. Do not be misled into thinking you have to cut your overall intake, or they are the reason why you have high blood sugar levels. What you likely need are some simple dietary changes. And this is where your staples come in.

You have heard the suggestion many times before to eat more fruits and vegetables. It bears repeating because even if you have made recent efforts to improve your diet, there is still a good chance you do not eat fruits or vegetables as often as you should.

Vegetables and berries as your choice of fruit are not only essential but also hard to beat. They are effectively "super foods" for a few reasons...

  • they are rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals.
  • they are low in sugars; berries are a particularly excellent choice of fruit because they are less caloric than other fruits with their more moderate amount of sugar. Plus, there are always one or two types you are bound to like enough you could eat them daily.
  • they contain plenty of fiber, which helps with satiety and is essential for optimal digestive health.
  • they can be eaten at any time as part of a meal, appetizer, snack, or dessert.
Combine all of the above, and you have just a few but significant reasons why vegetables and berries are the ultimate staples of any healthy diet.

A major problem most people have with weight loss has to do with appetite management and caloric intake. Either it's...

  • hard to maintain daily discipline in regards to appetite control, or it
  • proves to be difficult to keep a caloric deficit long enough to get sustainable results.
While these issues have several workable solutions, one simple piece of advice is to eat more berries and vegetables.

With raw vegetables or a handful of blueberries, it is hard to eat past your caloric limits. The same cannot be said about sugary cookies or a bag of chips. At the end of the day, you can consider this yet another friendly reminder to eat your fruits and vegetables.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.

For nearly 25 years, Beverleigh Piepers has searched for and found a number of secrets to help you build a healthy body. Go to to learn about some of those secrets.

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