|Try a Little Sweetness |
If you have diabetes and a sweet tooth, try these tips from the American Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.org) to add some sweetness to your life.
- Don’t deprive yourself of your favorite foods. Instead, work with your dietitian to develop a meal plan that incorporates your likes and dislikes. He or she can help you learn how many carbohydrates you can eat and still remain in your target range.
- Add low-calorie sweeteners. They make food taste sweet, but don’t count as a carbohydrate, fat, or any other exchange.
- Learn to read the Nutrition Facts on food labels to know how much fat, protein, and carbohydrates you’re getting.
- Don’t forget the food pyramid (http://www.diabetes.org/nutrition-and-recipes/nutrition/foodpyramid.jsp)! Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, and whole grain foods each day.