January 18, 2016
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Breakfast is one of the most important meals. People living with diabetes must take proper breakfast. During the 8-10 hours of sleep, we don’t eat anything. Hence, when we wake up in the morning, the blood sugar levels are already low. Once you take your daily diabetes medicines in the morning, the blood sugar level further dips below normal – this is termed as ‘Hypoglycemia’.
Hypoglycemia can often lead to a headache, dizziness, and even lack of consciousness. Hence, people living with diabetes should start their day by having a hearty breakfast like a king.
Having a nutritious breakfast improves metabolism & also maintains a balance in blood glucose levels. You get the energy you need to remain active throughout the day. On the other hand, if you skip your daily breakfast, you tend to eat high-calorie snacks in-between or even have extra portions during the afternoon meal.
This should be your breakfast…
One should choose the food items that are low on the glycemic index which helps in not only maintaining the balance in blood glucose levels but also provide the necessary energy for the body.
- Please ensure that your breakfast includes enough proteins. If you eat non-vegetarian food, eggs can be the ideal choice. Else, dry fruits like almonds, walnuts are very good alternatives. Milk & milk proteins also should be included. But, avoid the full cream variant and go for skimmed milk instead. You can also make tasty, low sugar shakes using yogurt.
- If you love breakfast cereals, then fiber-rich & low-sugar oats, rice flakes (poha) with a handful of vegetables can be a good choice over corn or wheat flakes.
- Choose harmless carbohydrates. Rava (suji), Idli, multigrain bread, oatmeal dosa are the right choices here. Avoid items such as paratha, bhakari, khakhra, rice idli, dosa or white bread that load your body with only carbohydrates.
- Fruits with high sugar content like banana, chickoo, watermelon, mango should be avoided. Choose strawberries, blueberries, and apples instead. Packed fruit juices that contain high quantity of added sugar are to be completely avoided. Use Peanut butter & low-fat spreads in moderate quantities instead of butter and jams.
- We Indians love to drink tea. In fact, we like to begin our day with a hot cup of tea. If you’re living with diabetes, you can definitely take your morning cup of tea or coffee, but make sure you use low-fat milk and sugar substitute.
So have a hearty ‘breakfast like a King’ that will be rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals but low in carbohydrates.
At Advanced Diabetes Center (ADCPL), we take every single element related to the patient’s individual likings, habits, and cultural and religious preferences etc. to meticulously prepare the diet and nutrition regime. As a part of our commitment to support the patients at every step, we also offer to accompany them during grocery shopping and thus help them choose the right type of ingredients. We also believe that the patient with diabetes should not compromise by eating bland food. Our nutrition experts carefully design the menu to suit individual taste buds.
For all your queries related to Nutrition and Diet for a person living with diabetes, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply call us at 0261-2600100 to book your appointment with our nutrition expert.