Tips To Manage Diabetes Inexpensively
By:     -   July 21, 2017   -   Health & Wellness  -  Healthy Eating   -   12 Comments   -   616 Views

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Whether you are trying to control or prevent diabetes, your dietary needs will essentially be the same. However, there is the added layer of responsibility in that you will need to make some lifestyle adjustments – paying close attention to your food choices, especially your carbohydrate intake and portion control. But when you’re on a tight budget while managing diabetes, planning a healthy diet can seem intimidating, especially given the costs associated with medication and diabetes treatment programs. However, that is just one part of the overall wellness process, as you still need the effort and discipline in finding ways to meal plan without breaking the bank. That in itself can be one of the biggest challenges.

It has been an ongoing argument that junk food and processed foods are significantly more inexpensive, which can be challenging for those on a restricted budget trying to make healthier choices. Everyday people on the go tend to grab easy snacks and fast foods, but in order to manage your health more effectively, moderation and a more long-term plan will need to be put into place.

Here are some myths and facts about diabetes diets that you need to keep in mind:

Myth: Eliminating sugar for good is a must.

Fact: It is still possible to enjoy your favorite treats even with diabetes if you plan it right. Just as long as you follow a healthy meal plan and do not go beyond your allowed sugar and calorie intake, the dessert bar is not off limits.

Myth: You are required to purchase and eat special diabetic meals.

Fact: Whether you are diabetic or not, the principles of eating healthy are just the same. This means that there are generally no special benefits in eating expensive diabetes-specialized foods.

Myth: It is an absolute must to cut away your carbohydrates.

Fact: The type of carbohydrates you eat is actually key in managing your blood sugar. You need to focus on low-carb vegetables and whole grains. They are rich in fiber and are slowly digested by the body. This helps to stabilize your blood sugar more effectively.

Instead of relying on inexpensive, calorie-rich processed foods, here are some low-cost food tips you can follow.

Buy In Bulk

Buying your food in bulk seems costly, but what it does in fact is saves you more money. Bulk grocery items are generally cheaper. You can buy large tubs of yogurt, put them in smaller container cups and store them inside your fridge.

You can also buy grains and whole wheat products in bulk and store them for later use. Buying perishable items in large quantities may sound expensive too, but you can always allot a day of the week for meal prep and prepare your meals for the next few days. Also, check out these healthy office snack suggestions, as well as tips on how to stay active while at the workplace.

Cook At Home

The more you cook from scratch, the more you save on food expenses. It is easy to order take out, but preparing your meals at home yourself will ultimately keep your food costs low. You also get the chance to control the amount of starch, sugar, salt and other ingredients when you cook your own meals.

Shop At Your Local Farmer’s Market

The farmer’s market gives you access to low-cost, in season products. Buying your food from these vendors does not just help you stay healthy, you also help them and your community.

Split Portions In Half

When dining out at a restaurant with some friends and family, it is easy to get away with your meal choices. But if you are suffering from diabetes, you need to take the utmost precautions with your food portions. Since most restaurants serve bigger plates of food, you can ask your waiter to split your meal in half and put it in a to-go bag before serving it to you. This prevents you from picking on the other half of your meal.

You can also try asking your waiter if your meal choice comes in “child’s portion”.

Avoid Diabetic-Labeled Foods

Packaged foods labeled with “diabetic” or “dietetic” are more expensive than preparing them yourself. To save money, try to stay away from food that you can more than likely prepare on your own.

Truthfully speaking, the expenses in managing this condition need not break the bank, just as long as you find clever ways to keep your costs low. If you shop smart and plan your meals right, you will be well on the way to keeping your blood sugar in check.

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