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Sustainable health changes happen when you shift the balance of what you eat and when

If you have diabetes, or you’re taking care of someone who does, you’re probably already aware that managing the condition requires reducing your sugar and carbohydrate consumption. But what are you supposed to put in their place? We’re here to help so you don’t feel deprived while you’re maintaining your blood glucose, because restrictive diets and completely eliminating foods have been shown time and again to backfire.That’s right: You don’t have to give up anything! It’s all about improving the ratio of how much food you eat that will help keep your diabetes in check, and relegating foods that can cause blood sugar spikes to smaller amounts and special occasions.

Here are examples of foods you’ll want to eat more of — as well as those to limit or avoid — when living with diabetes. Keep this handy guide saved on your phone or pinned to the fridge to take the guesswork out of making healthy choices on the fly. 

Diabetes dietInfographic by Lauren Hunter


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