Diet Guide for Diabetics

One of the most difficult experiences of a diabetic is choosing the right food to eat. There are so many restrictions to the diet that some patients feel deprived of the good stuff. However, once you understand what you are getting from your food, it will be easier to choose the ingredients and to prepare the food.

Healthy Eating Tips

  • Consult your team of doctors if you’re planning to start a new diet or if you need a new diet plan
  • Don’t skip meals if you’re trying to lose weight, instead, eat regular meals evenly spaced out everyday
  • You might need snacks in between meals if you are taking insulin
  • Generally, you are advised to eat avoid meals that are high in fats and sodium
  • No single diet plan will work for everyone, and even children and adults with diabetes have different needs
  • Remember these three nutrients that will impact your blood glucose levels: proteins, fats, and carbohydrates
  • Always choose non-starchy vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean meat, poultry, and fish

Counting Carbohydrates

One of the most important considerations to keep in mind is the amount of energy that you will burn and the matching amount of food taken daily. The effect of carbohydrates on your body will depend on the type and the amount of carbohydrates.

That doesn’t mean, however, that you should avoid carbohydrates completely, but you should maintain your energy levels with the right amount of carbohydrates. Doctors will usually advise you to pick food that have low glycemic index (or the duration of the digestion of carbohydrates to glucose), but are high in fiber content.

Fats

You will be advised to limit your fat intake, because it increases the chances of gaining weight even if it will not directly affect your blood sugar level. You’re not supposed to go for a fat-free diet either, because fats can help you to control the feeling of hunger. You will be advised to avoid animal fat, and pick monounsaturated fats instead.

Protein

Your body needs protein to repair itself, so don’t worry about avoiding your favorite cheese or meat, because proteins can’t break down into glucose and affect your blood sugar level. As long as you don’t have allergies and food intolerances, you can still eat eggs, fish, tofu, seeds and nuts, milk, lentils, legumes, and yoghurt.

Sugar

You don’t necessarily need to avoid sugar, but you need to be careful about its sources, such as added sugars and alternative sweeteners. You can occasionally have high-sugar food, but you should limit these snacks to not more than 3 times a week.

Alcohol and Sweet Drinks

You can still drink alcoholic beverages and sweet drinks as long as your doctor permits it. Limit alcohol to not more than 2 glasses per day and your sweet drinks to low joule or diet types. Beverages such as coffee, tea, herbal tea, and soda water are okay as long as you don’t use artificial sweeteners.

Encouraging Healthy Lifestyle among Kids  

Singapore’s Health Promotion Board (HPB) is bringing healthy lifestyle awareness to secondary school children. It is better to introduce healthy lifestyle early so kids can incorporate it and understand its importance when they grow up. HPB knows that students spend most of their time in school. In line with this, HPB developed a school program that helped hundreds to lose weight and stop smoking.

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The programme is called Student Health Adviser Programme. It started way back 2010. The initial program only covered 8 secondary schools but it will be expanded through time. HPB will make sure to bring the awareness to additional 50 secondary schools, 5 Polytechnics and 3 Institutes of Technical Education by the end of 2018. The health programmes are spearheaded by HPB in the hopes of reducing the rate of obesity and other chronic illnesses in Singapore.

The initial program helped 30% of more than five hundred overweight students. Overweight students attended the Weight Management Programme. The Weight Management Programme for example covers three sessions which will give students tips on how to promote healthy eating habits and staying active.

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Teenagers should be constantly reminded of healthy food choices and exercise. Food choices and exercise can affect your life in the later years. It is better to start young. If you are a parent, you should encourage healthy living to your kids by being a role model. Remember that your kids follow your lead. If you live an unhealthy life, they will surely tread the same path.

Healthy lifestyle is fun if it is done together with friends. Teenagers will surely like the program of HPB.

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What to Do and Where to Go In Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands is probably the most famous spot in Singapore City, and the infinity pool is probably every person’s dream. Nonetheless, there is far more than the infinity pool once we talk about Marina Bay Sands. There are more activities to do after hanging out and relaxing to the pool that overlooks the cityscape. Let’s start from the infinity pool, though.

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The infinity pool is located at the Marina Bay Sands Skypark. Expect breathtaking view in this place; therefore prepare your cameras to capture the moment because in the Marina Bay Sands Skypark, one gets to see a 360 degrees view of Singapore. It is exciting to play “find that landmark” in this area because most landmarks can be seen and pinpointed. The Merlion, the Singapore Flyer and the River—you can see it all from this spot. You’ll be relaxed and awed as you walk in this park.

Another way on taking a look to Singapore is having a ride to the Singapore Flyer. Have an exciting 30-minute ride in this Flyer. You can see Singapore at a low point to a panoramic view once you are here. If you want something that can truly show that you are in Singapore, go to the Merlion also located in Marina Bay. Merlion is the official tourism icon of Singapore, so never miss taking picture in this landmark.

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Lifestyle, fine dining and world class shows wait in the Esplanade –Theatres on the Bay. Dive into the luxurious place by watching the shows, tasting their good food and choosing Esplanade as your shopping spot. Not to mention this place’s unique architecture. If you are a fan of building designs and figures, you would not stop looking around wondering how amazing Esplanade was built. Arts and culture—these are the two words that best describe Esplanade.

Before ending your tour at Marina Bay, make sure not to leave Gardens By The Bay, and be wowed by their super trees planted in 101 hectares of land. These super trees are not only called “super” because of their size but also because of their environment friendly functions.

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