One woman shares how she is making healthy changes to improve her family’s lifestyle after a Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis. Try these five tips to improving your own eating habits and see the positive changes that Laura’s family experienced in your own home, too.
My husband’s diagnosis a couple years ago with late onset Type 1 diabetes made me take a good look at not just my eating habits, but the whole family’s. Since my dad was also diabetic, I’m very concerned that my daughters learn to eat right. We adopted the following changes, which are still a work in progress:
1. Cut way back on refined sugar-the girls only get dessert a couple nights a week now (usually ice cream) and Tom and I switched to a single square of gourmet chocolate with a high -70% or better-cocoa content.
2. Cut out white rice and refined pastas (mostly-I still get complaints from Tom and the girls).
3. Started experimenting with quinoa, barley, brown rice and other complex carbohydrates.
4. Gave up our evening glass of wine or beer. Now, we save it for Friday nights and stop at one (usually). Great weight loss help!
5. Switched from “normal” peanut butter which has an insanely high sugar content, to natural peanut butter which has a much lower sugar content.