Do you often take A1C tests only to find that your blood sugar levels are too high? If you have diabetes or are pre-diabetic, this is probably the story of your life. You may need to make a life change, but don’t really know where to start. The place to start is your diet. There are foods that can naturally help to lower your A1C levels, and you should center your diet around these foods.
Eat Your Veggies!
We know that you mom always told you to finish your veggies at dinner, and she was right! Non-starchy vegetables such as carrots, asparagus, beans, spinach, broccoli, red onions, and tomatoes are excellent choices for helping to control your A1C levels because they are naturally packed with vitamins, minerals, protein, anti-oxidants and fiber. Make a salad part of your lunch or dinner every night to lower your A1C levels.
A great snack or salad topper are nuts. You can choose from so many varieties like raw almonds, cashews, pecans, pistachios, hazelnuts, peanuts, walnuts, and macadamias. They are all an excellent source of heart-healthy fats, antioxidants, and fiber. Nuts can help with lowering your cholesterol and stabilizing your blood sugar levels all while keeping you full and satisfied. They are high in calories, so be sure to eat them in moderation.
Lean Mean Fighting Machine
Roasted, baked, or broiled white meats like chicken, fish, and turkey can be your best friend in the blood sugar battle. This is because eating large quantities of certain fatty meats raises blood sugar where lean white meats do not. Just make sure you’re not crusting them in carbohydrate-loaded breading when you cook.
So You Dig Desserts…
Desserts seem to be the main cause of high A1C test results. Let’s be honest, they are tasty. However, if you are truly dedicated to bettering your health, you can find substitutes that will satisfy your sweet tooth and not spike your blood sugar. For example, replace your ice cream with low or no-fat yogurt and berries. The yogurt has a much lower glycemic impact than ice cream and so do certain berries such as strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Be moderate with your fruit intake, but adding 1/3 cup on top of your yogurt will add a refreshing sweetness to your treat.
It May Be What You’re Pouring In!
People often do not realize how many sugars, fats, and carbohydrates they are pouring down their throats due to their choice in drinks. These sugary drinks also cause blood sugar levels to rise. Replace sugary drinks with green tea, white tea or regular black tea. Choose a sweetener like Stevia if you prefer a sweet taste.
Your Next A1C Test…
Understanding your A1C is an important part of diabetes management and so is learning how to take control of it. Start making the right food and drink choices and your next A1C test results will make you and your doctor smile.