Last time we touched on decreasing your A1c using food, specifically reducing your carbohydrates, but we didn't discuss HOW to do that. So, here are some helpful ways to decrease your carbs.
Mostly it's about swapping foods that are high in carbs with vegetables, making sure you eat enough good fats and consuming enough protein.
For example, for BREAKFAST instead of eating a bowl of oatmeal/porridge have eggs and sauteed vegetables cooked in coconut oil. This may seem time-consuming, but it won't be if you cook extra veggies the night before.
For LUNCH eat a beef burger (or other protein leftover from the night before) on top of grilled veg or salad instead of using a bread roll or bun.
For DINNER substitute cauliflower rice for white rice, zucchini noodles for pasta, kelp noodles in Asain dishes and lettuce leaves for tortillas.
When BAKING don't use flours made from grains like wheat or spelt, instead use flours made from nuts, coconut and seeds.
For a SWEETENER, use rice malt syrup, honey or maple syrup sparingly - cut the recommended quantity in half. Avoid refined sugars, such as table sugar, and artificial sweeteners.
When changing your diet you will need to alter your medication, especially your insulin. Work with a practitioner to help you achieve your goals.
There are lots of resources out there to support you in changing to a lower-carbohydrate diet. If you are interested in ADDITIONAL INFORMATION and RECIPES have a look through my Blog.
If you need more INDIVIDUALIZED SUPPORT contact me directly here on my WEBSITE.
Next week I will discuss other factors that increase daily blood sugar levels, therefore increasing your HbA1c.
Cheers - N x