Sometimes it’s difficult to know what to eat when you are managing a health condition. That’s often
true for people with diabetes, since what they eat can affect their blood sugar levels. In many
cases, education is key to making it easier to manage a special diet. The more you know, the more
control you have over your condition! I often work with clients who identify with this problem, and
maybe you do too. Whether you are dealing with a new diagnosis or are not sure what to eat for disease
management, this year’s Nutrition Month 2017 campaign has a solution. Plug your problem into their three-step approach to Take the Fight out of Food.
Here’s an example of how it works.
Thomas has type 2 diabetes. He was struggling when making food choices because he was unsure how certain foods affected his blood sugar levels. He particularly had trouble when eating at restaurants or in a food court.
Spot the problem: Thomas has diabetes, and is overwhelmed by everyday food decisions at
home or when eating out.
Get the facts: To learn more about diabetes, Thomas started his research on the Canadian
Diabetes Association website at www.diabetes.ca. He learned that he can live a long and healthy
life by managing his diabetes, which includes:
Being physically active
Monitoring blood sugar levels
Taking medications as prescribed
Keeping blood sugar levels in the target range set with his health care team.
When he was first diagnosed, Thomas didn’t seek any nutrition advice for diabetes because he
was afraid it meant giving up foods he loved. But as he reads more about nutrition and diabetes,
he understands that a dietitian can help him fit his favourite foods into his eating routine. There are
no foods that are completely off-limits, but portion control is important.
To his relief, Thomas finds out that planning meals doesn’t need to be complicated. Following a
few basic tips may be all he needs. He reads about the “Plate Method” as a practical way to figure
out portion sizes and food choices when eating at home or dining out. His plate should look like
He was not eating many vegetables, and didn’t know that half his plate should include his
favourites, like mushrooms, spinach, red peppers and cauliflower. He will put more veggies into his
diet by whipping up some recipes like:
Bean-stuffed cabbage rolls
Broccoli & lentil salad with turmeric yogurt dressing
Avocado, roasted squash and black bean tacos
Seek support: After getting the facts from www.diabetes.ca, Thomas is curious to learn more from
a dietitian. He already has a doctor, but since most diabetes care plans include a team approach,
he will work with a dietitian too.
If you want to get the facts from a dietitian, I’m here to help you with your individual “fights with food”! Book an appointment with me, Lauren Wills at the Ottawa Chiropractic and Sports Injury Clinic by calling 613-454-1239 or online via https://ocsiclinic.cliniko.com/bookings#service