Food always plays a central role when it comes to celebrating festivals across the globe, including Diwali. The meals are big with foods ranging from high fats to fried stuff and there is no dearth of sweets too. But people with diabetes patients during Diwali need to take special care during the festivities.
If you plan your festive diet properly and limit the sugar content, then you don’t have to be off-limits when it comes to sweets/ desserts. Focus on healthy meal plans for this Diwali and you are all set.
2. Eat foods that are rich in fiber
Avoid starchy carbs and opt for whole-grain carbs, they will help you maintain your blood sugar levels to the required limit.
3. Eat homemade sweets
When you prepare sweets at home, you will know how many calories, sugar, and carbohydrates you need to put in your recipe. You could use healthy oils such as olive, coconut, or avocado to make it healthier. In case you are suffering from high blood sugar levels, then you can make baked sweets. The choices are endless when you are opting for homemade stuff!
Focus on portion control. Do not eat too many sweets at one time. This, of course, needs good control and discipline, but it is achievable. This habit will not only let you enjoy your Diwali to the fullest but also will help you in the long run.
Try not to eat sweets as a stand-alone item. Always eat them along with your meals. This one is yet another trick that will help you establish good control over your blood sugar levels.
6. Small meals will make your Diwali enjoyable
Instead of three meals, switch over to six small meals a day. This habit will also help improve your digestion making you more fit and healthy.
No matter how much you ignore it, but the fact is that exercising helps to keep in check your weight and improves your insulin sensitivity. A 30-minute walk every day will do wonders for your health. If this looks like a big ask, then you may very well divide the time into three, that is, go for three walking sessions of 10 minutes each, per day.
Vital Diet Tips for Diabetes Patients During Diwali
Make the below mentioned changes in your diet if you are diabetic:
Use artificial sweeteners only if necessary, always go for natural sweeteners.
In order to keep diabetes in control add more protein-rich food to your diet such as paneer and milk.
Try to substitute regular paneer with low-fat paneer or soya paneer and substitute regular milk with low-fat milk or skimmed milk.
Replace regular butter with low-fat butter.
Replace regular sugar with natural low GI ingredients like figs, jaggery, dates, and some other fruits.
Instead of drinking fruit, juices and milkshakes go for eating whole fruits as juices and milkshakes have high sugar content and are heavy to digest.