Healthy Eating Tips
Provided in conjunction with Diabetes Integration Project
· Eat a variety of food! The food guide “Eating well with Canada’s Food Guide, First Nations, Inuit and Metis” is an important tool for individuals, families and communities to learn about healthy eating. The food guide explains how traditional foods and store-bought foods can be used to support healthy eating.
· Eat three meals a day and space meals no more than 6 hours apart. Eating at regular times can help you manage your blood sugar levels.
· Try cooking methods such as baking, broiling and steaming food instead of frying. Frying food adds fat to it and can make it hard to stay at a healthy weight. A healthy weight is healthier for your heart!
· Choose wild meat and unprocessed meats such as skinless chicken, fish, lean ground beef etc instead of bacon, bologna, and wieners. Wild meat is lower in fat and healthier for your body!
· Try wild rice, brown rice, whole grain macaroni, whole grain bread, oatmeal bannock instead of the white types of grains. Whole grain breads and cereals have fiber that will help you feel full and can also help with blood sugar and blood fat levels!
· Choose fruit when you want to have something sweet! Food such as desserts, cookies, candies, jam, honey and jelly can increase your blood sugar level. Fruit has fiber that will help you feel full and can also help with blood sugar and blood fat levels.
· Choose water to quench your thirst. Drinks with sugar such as cola, juice and drink crystals may contain a lot of sugar. Too much sugar in your food can make it hard to keep your blood sugar level in a healthy range.
· If you have questions about your food intake and your health, contact a Registered Dietitian.
Please check the websites below for additional information on nutrition:
Canadian Diabetes Association: http://www.diabetes.ca/diabetes-and-you/nutrition
Dietitians of Canada: http://www.dietitians.ca