Eat THIS, not THAT.
Don’t eat fruit. Too much sugar.
Did you know carrots are loaded with sugar too?
Diet pop is completely fine.
Diet pop will kill you.
And on and on. Seriously, it’s a wonder you can even get through the day in one piece sometimes with all the advice flying at you left, right and centre.
You don’t want to make things worse for goodness sakes but you just don’t know what to eat – or what you should avoid completely.
When your doctor first tells you that you have prediabetes, most people wonder: well, what the heck should I eat then?
And, in my opinion, there’s also certain foods that you probably should avoid too. I mean, not like you can never have these foods but any level of high sugar in the blood stream is a recipe for disaster.
I really want you to focus on making sure you get enough of the right types of carbs, tons of antioxidants and loads of fibre.
For most people, it’s more about what you’re not eating that’s getting in your way of type 2 diabetes prevention.
So you may know about my list of 107 Foods to Reverse Prediabetes, It’s a perfect way to focus on what you should eat.
But what about the foods to avoid? Are there certain types of foods to avoid completely?
You don’t want to make things worse for goodness sakes but you simply don’t know what to eat – or what you should completely avoid.
Well it’s a great question and lemme tell you, I’m not a fan of the “everything in moderation” camp.
When it comes to prediabetes reversal, eating “everything” (too general) in “moderation” (too vague) will not, in my opinion, get you to the finish line faster.
There are certain foods with certain benefits that are best to focus on to help ease the inflammatory process that often goes hand-in-hand with prediabetes.
So which foods should you cut out?
Here’s a few points to consider to get you started in the right direction:
– When someone is first diagnosed, I definitely want to “clean up” their eating as much as possible. Eliminating the refined sugars (cakes, cookies, juices, pop, etc) and even most granola/snack bars as they tend to spike insulin levels (and we’re trying to be as kind as possible to your pancreas)
– Even seemingly “healthy cereals” I recommend go. Actually most cereals don’t do us any favours. But the ones that disguise themselves as healthy include: Special K, Raisin Bran, Bran Flakes and Corn Flakes.
– Best to cut out any artificial sweeteners too. Although the debate rages on as to their link to other health problems (cancer, etc), they do spike insulin levels in people that are sensitive to them.
It’s more about what you’re not eating that’s getting in your way of type 2 diabetes prevention.
When you’re first diagnosed with prediabetes, it can be confusing to know what to eat and what not to eat.
Use the tips in this post to get you started in the right direction and if you want even more foods to avoid, grab my list of the Foods to Avoid When You’re First Diagnosed with Prediabetes here.
And remember: reversing your prediabetes is possible.
All my best,