Living and eating well with diabetes

Having type 2 diabetes can be overwhelming. The good news? While everyone’s treatment plan will be different, there’s a good chance you can manage your type 2 diabetes by making healthy choices. Convinced, but still struggling to work good choices into your real life? Start here for resources, tips, and tools for eating healthy foods, being more active, testing your blood sugar, getting support, and using your medicines.

Smart snacking tips for diabetes

Follow your body’s hunger and fullness signals. Smart snacking can help you keep your blood sugar levels stable, especially if you are taking medicine for diabetes.

  • Take time to enjoy your food.
    Try using a smaller plate, bowl, or glass while you slowly eat your snack.
  • Try to make healthy choices.
    Eat a piece of fresh fruit. Or combine that fruit with some protein, such as a small apple and a tablespoon of peanut butter. Or try dipping your fruit in some light yogurt.
  • Be prepared.
    Keep cut-up raw vegetables in your refrigerator. If these are ready to eat, you’re more likely to grab them than something else. Try a low-fat dip on the side.
  • Eat nuts.
    Try a small handful of almonds, walnuts, or pecans. These treats each have less than 15 grams of carbohydrate.
  • Choose filling foods that can satisfy your hunger without a lot of calories.
    For example, try a hard-boiled egg or an ounce of reduced-fat cheese, such as string cheese.
  • Skip high-fat dips.
    Instead, mix plain yogurt, fat-free mayonnaise, cottage cheese, or fat-free sour cream with a small amount of dry soup mix. Or try a bean dip made with fat-free refried beans, topped with salsa.
  • Get more fibre.
    Put that turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread. Mix wheat germ into yogurt or sprinkle it on salads. Choose whole-grain breads and cereals.
  • Try something new.
    Make a pita pizza with a piece of whole wheat pita bread, tomato sauce, and a sprinkling of reduced-fat cheese. Top with sliced courgette or mushrooms. Bake until cheese is melted.
  • Don’t eat out of the bag or box.
    Take a single serving and eat from a plate or bowl. It’s easy to eat more than you need or want when the bag is open in front of you.
  • Don’t buy snacks that aren’t healthy choices.
    If unhealthy snacks aren’t around, you won’t eat them.
  • Keep an eye on the Nutrition Facts label, especially in low-fat or fat-free foods.
    To make up for flavour, sugar and salt is often added when fat is taken out.

Eat your meals and snacks at the same time each day. Overall, try to eat a wide range of foods. Spread carbohydrates all through the day. This will give you a ready supply of energy and help control your blood sugar.

It can be hard to living with diabetes. It’s normal to feel sad or angry. At totally Health, we want to help people feel more motivated, confident and in control of managing their own health, so they can make changes that help them feel better.

We help people with all types of diabetes. We are here for you – when you need us. We listen. We understand. We help. We want you to live your life to the full, feel good and take charge of your health.

If you would like to know more about our service and how we could help you, please call 0333 004 0043.