Get familiar with the glycemic index rating of foods to help gain better control of your diabetes. It is important to learn to recognize high glycemic foods like breads, fruit juices, cereals, pasta and rice. Eating more vegetables, lean proteins and other low glycemic index foods keeps your blood sugar from spiking after meals.
If you want to choose a treat that might be high in sugar, go for an item that is also high in protein. For example, ice cream has a lot of protein to help you break down the sugar in it. Another option is cheesecake with a high fiber crust. Yogurt with berries can also be a great treat, especially if you use non-fat unsweetened yogurt like kefir.
Rather than totally ditching the foods that you love, try altering them in healthy ways. One of the hardest things to do as a diabetic is to adhere to a strict diet. Many people assume that they have to stop eating their favorite foods. Many people will eat their favorite foods whether they should or not. The intelligent solution is to make reasonable substitutions to your favorite dishes. A lot of foods can be acceptable for a diabetes diet if healthier choices are made in place of problem ingredients.
If you have diabetes and you're going on a trip, be certain to take an insulated bag to store insulin. Extremes of temperature, either too warm or too cold, can ruin insulin. Using an insulated bag will keep insulin at the proper temperature in any weather.
Take all of your medications that your doctor prescribes you. Follow the directions exactly, or you will not be getting the benefits of the treatment. If you have any side effects that you do not like call your doctor and they may be able to give you something else that agrees with your body better.
While it may be tempting to save yourself time and energy by eating out a lot of the time, you should only eat restaurant foods in moderation when trying to keep diabetes under control. Eating at home is much more cost effective and you have total control over what goes into each dish.