Tips to Keep Blood Sugar Balanced and Energy High
Diabetes can pose some dietary limits that can be hard to respect when you’re away from your kitchen. The keys to maintaining a healthy diabetic diet are good planning and good routine – and you’re in control of both. Refine your snacking and make the most of your meals for high energy and balanced blood sugar, wherever your day takes you.
Tips for Snacking Well When You’re on the Go
Since it can be difficult to make good food choices when you’re juggling a hectic schedule, try to internalize some helpful rules so you’ll be prepared when hunger or cravings strike:
- Snack consciously. It’s important to give your food your full attention. Simply looking at your snack as you eat it, standing or sitting still as you take each bite, or chewing slowly and deliberately can keep you in the moment and aware of how much you’ve eaten and when your hunger is satisfied.
- Focus on texture. You may be surprised at how well texture can stand in for calories. Avocado is rich and smooth and far better for you than pudding or custard. Crispy cucumber slices with salt and a splash of vinegar are a tasty alternative to potato chips. Think about the foods you crave the most and then look for wholesome alternatives that mimic their texture.
- Stay hydrated. Sometimes you think you’re hungry when in fact you are dehydrated. Before you grab a snack, try drinking a full glass of water and see if that takes care of your craving. Even if you still opt for a snack afterwards, the hit of hydration will do your body well.
Healthy Eating Habits for the Workplace
How you use the structure of your workday can either help or hinder your dietary efforts. Learn how to craft good lunch habits and avoid the common workplace snags that can jeopardize your efforts to eat right:
- Move away from your desk. Lunches can be busy, but it’s important to separate your meal space from your workspace for better control. If your office doesn’t have a suitable break room, go outside to a park bench, or find a quiet corner or unused meeting room to enjoy your lunch with a colleague.
- Stick to a routine. Your body will appreciate a regular schedule, so try to eat at the same time each day. If that’s simply impossible, then divide your meal into a few small portions that you can easily consume when you have a moment, rather than waiting until there’s enough time to get through your whole lunch in one sitting.
- Stock up on healthy dry goods. Devote some space in your desk drawer to energy bars, crackers, soy nuts and other healthy nibbles to keep you going if you miss lunch or feel a craving coming on. Despite popular opinion, a long shelf life doesn’t have to mean poor nutrition.
- Keep vending machines out of sight. Temptation is powerful, and even strong wills can succumb to the sweet, salty or rich rewards of junk food. Keep the vending machine or communal box of donuts out of sight and out of mind by adjusting the angle of your workstation, or taking alternate routes around the office.
Habits are hard to break, and that’s something you can use to your advantage. When you get used to eating on time, packing healthy snacks, and finding satisfying alternatives, eating well won’t feel like a sacrifice, it will become second-nature.