When someone is diagnosed with diabetes, they may worry about everything they put into their mouths. Is what they are eating healthy? Should they eat more of one thing? Less of another? Planning meals and snacks for someone with diabetes can be a daunting task if you aren’t sure what constitutes a healthy diet for a diabetic patient. Knowing which foods are best for diabetics and which should be avoided can help make your job as a family caregiver and the job of your parent’s home health care provider much easier.
Home Health Care West Hills CA – What are Healthy Food Choices for People with Diabetes?
Foods to Include
Your parent’s doctor will probably recommend that they see a dietitian to create a personalized meal plan to manage their diabetes. The following foods are suggestions for foods that you and your parent’s home health care provider can work into the meal plan so that you can create healthy, balanced meals and snacks.
Dark green leafy vegetables (spinach, kale, collard greens, etc.) are low in carbs and calories, so your parent can eat more of them.
Sweet potatoes have a lower glycemic impact than white potatoes and contain vitamin A and fiber.
Fish that is high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, are a good choice. However, avoid fish that is breaded or fried.
Nuts can help manage hunger and contain magnesium and fiber. Some also contain omega-3s.
Berries are a good option when your parent is craving something sweet. They are full of vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants.
Beans are filled with fiber, protein, magnesium, and potassium.
Citrus fruits (grapefruit, oranges, lemons, etc.) contain vitamin C and fiber.
Tomatoes, whether cooked or raw, are a great source of iron and vitamins E and C.
Fat-free dairy products are a source of calcium and vitamin D.
Whole grains contain important nutrients like magnesium, folate, and chromium.
Foods to Avoid
Some foods may seem like healthy choices, but aren’t. Sometimes they are bad choices because of the way they are processed so that they contain extra sugars, fats, or sodium. Some foods to avoid including in your parent’s diet are:
Processed grain products, like breads made with white flour and white rice.
High-sodium canned vegetables.
Vegetables with added butter or creamy sauces.
Fruit canned in heavy syrup.
Jams and jellies, except in very small portions.
Fatty cuts of meat.
Bean products that contain lard.
Living with diabetes doesn’t have to mean feeling deprived. There are lots of food options available. In fact, cooking for your parent with diabetes may cause you to try new foods, which can make meal preparation more creative and exciting. Your parent may enjoy helping you or their home health care provider to cook a new recipe or tasting something they’ve never tried before.
Belina Calderon-Nernberg is the CEO and founder of 1Heart Caregiver Services. Recently offering 1Heart franchise business opportunities to the public, Belina provided the vision, leadership, and direction that the company needed to achieve its goal of making a positive difference in the homecare industry. As her greatest accomplishment, the company is now equipped with the expertise to expand its business operations to different States in the U.S. Belina brings with her a corporate experience of 25 years, with 15 solid years of experience as CEO of an employment agency and a senior care service company in Southern California. Belina has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of St. La Salle, Philippines. She has been the recipient of several awards given to emerging leaders in business, community service, arts, and entertainment. She has also been honored as an Ambassador of Goodwill by the HiFi (Historic Filipinotown) Neighborhood Council. This title is bestowed to carefully selected Filipino-Americans who are persons of integrity who have the ability “to promote, reach out, influence and mobilize public interest and support of the ideals, values, principles, and programs of the Historic Filipinotown.