So it’s been about a month since I’ve produced a proper blog post – apologies – it’s been manic what with work, being away with the girlfriend and trying to keep on top of things. But I’ve made a commitment to blog at least twice a week from now on. There’s a lot I want to accomplish via this blog and there’s a lot of work going on to try and make this as successful as it can be.
I’m working on a complete re-design of the website and various other social media outlets to try and increase awareness of what it’s actually like living with diabetes!
I thought I’d come back talking about what I consider to be basics of nutrition. A light read as it’s only a Monday morning and even at 8am as I’m writing this it’s still a little gloomy.
To be honest it’s actually fairly simple to have a good diet and nutrition can be really easy. Unfortunately, the amount of new diets in loads of glossy magazines or in the media can seem like it’s really complicated.
Getting a good base for your diet is key to trying to manage your blood sugar levels as best you can. Focus more on the basics. The basics make up 90% of it all. The other 10% is fine tuning and is the stuff that’s written about the most.
Below I’ve written the 10 most important factors I think everyone, diabetic or not, should pay attention to in order to hit that 90%
1) Drink plenty of clean fluids – so water, green tea.
2) Plenty of single ingredient, natural foods – this should make up 80-90% of your diet.
3) Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables.
4) Getting an adequate amount of protein sources into your diet.
5) Have a good understand of your calories in and calories out and what you require daily to meet your goals.
6) If a food is causing you a reaction, be aware of it and try and avoid it as best you can.
7) Getting plenty of those zzz’s. You should be aiming for 7-8 hours per night.
8) Dealing with stress – whether it be physical or mental – make sure you’re on top of it.
9) Exercising 3-4 times a week to keep you fit and healthy.
10) Having a few supplements to cover the areas of your diet that are lacking slightly – i.e. fish oil, vitamin D, a good multi-vitamin.
That’s it. I’ll be delving more into some of these 10 points over the coming weeks to give a little more insight into them!
Happy Monday all!