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Being diagnosed with diabetes doesn’t have to depress you. It’s a chance for you to start taking care of yourself. Now you must eat on time, eat the right amount, and eat what leaves you feeling healthy and energized. This is a reason to rejoice. Savour the fresh, wholesome diet that your body is asking for. You can also do the yoga asanas. I recommended on my blog under Diabetes and Yoga.

Diet for people with diabetes

You can’t go wrong with a diet with whole grains, a little protein and plenty of vegetables with some fruit.  Take diabetes seriously and research what foods are best. Keep a food diary, with reactions to the foods eaten. Notice spikes in blood sugar level, correlate to food and stress.

There are as many diets as you could wish for – you will probably get some help from your doctor. This is the most important advice – so that anything creative that you wish to do with your food must fit into the parameters recommended by the doctor. Check out this interesting Diet Chart from desidieter.

Puzzled about fruits allowed? Be inspired by this wonderful slide show. For the few (mangoes for example) that aren’t so good for diabetics there are many that are. Think pineapple, melon, cantaloupe, grapefruit, jamun, apricot, pomegranate…happy now?

And then there are vegetables – tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower – amongst others.

Too many ‘western’ type vegetables? Can’t find asparagus in India and don’t care much for it. Watch this slide show for purely Indian vegetables. Ladies finger (okra, bhindi) , bitter gourd (karela) and pumpkin are amongst them.

I’m a great believer in the mind-body-spirit connection and have seen many things healed with affirmations. Louise Hay’s affirmation for Diabetes from her book “Heal your Body”, is “ This moment is filled with joy. I now choose to experience the sweetness of today.” I suggest that you repeat this to yourself again and again. 

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