One of the main reasons there is so much Type 2 Diabetes around is that we eat too much unhealthy carbohydrate. We drink sugary drinks, we eat sweet foods and we add hot chips, pasta and rice to many meals.
Now the national recommendation is that around 40% of our diet can be carbohydrate but most of us eat around 80-90% carbs. So we need to cut back and get choosy about which carbs we are going to eat. Not only that, a lot of processed food has sugar added to it, so that we want to eat more of it. Sugar can be addictive, so we need to be aware of how much we are eating. Eating freshly cooked food is one way of reducing added and hidden sugar.
Avoid fruit juices, salad dressings and fizzy drinks. Eat sweet foods only on special occasions and look for health options when you eat out.
In this program, we are gradually reducing your reliance on carbohydrate and replacing it with quality protein and healthy fats and oils.
For example, meals and snacks are balanced to contain all three macronutrients – protein, fat and carbs. This gives you more energy, encourages your body to burn fat for energy rather than carbs and gives you more endurance throughout the day.
Keep fluids up with water, green tea and green juices. You can add a squeeze of lemon, if you don’t like the taste of water. Avoid artificial sweeteners if possible.
Your body will gradually adjust and you’ll find that you crave sugar and carbs much less as time goes on. Just stick with it and you’ll be successful.