Diabetic Eating Guidelines – 5 Reasons Most are Not Helpful 

Diabetic Eating Guidelines – Why Most Don't Help

You can go online and find at least 10 sets of diabetic eating guidelines in a matter of minutes. They’re featured on blogs and medical websites. There are also many eBooks and traditionally published books dedicated to instructing diabetics on how to eat for lower blood sugar and overall health. The problem is that most people can’t follow these  guidelines long term.

Why Most Diabetic Eating Guidelines Fail

If you can’t follow them for the rest of your life, the improvements in your health won’t last. You may reverse diabetes only to hear that dreadful diagnosis once again in the future: “You have diabetes.” To avoid that outcome, it’s important to understand why most diabetic eating guidelines are less than effective.

1.  They’re too restrictive.

Eating plans that give you a list of “bad” foods that you should never eat will always set you up for disappointment. When you try to ban your favorite foods, you will naturally give in to cravings eventually. Then you feel like you’ve failed, and you blame your lack of willpower. You give in to defeat, assuming that there is no hope for you.

The good news is that it’s not your fault. Instead of trying to force an overly restrictive plan, you need to embrace a plan that gives you the power to make healthy decisions for your body. When you follow my diabetic nutrition plan, that means that you can enjoy a treat from time to time. No guilt allowed. 

2.  They encourage “diet” mentality.

The fastest way to sabotage your commitment to eating healthy is to tell yourself that you’re on a diet. This immediately sets up the expectation of deprivation and agony. Instead of learning how to implement nutrition guidelines into your meal plan permanently, you check days off the calendar while waiting for your sentence to end. That’s why diet plans with time limits, like “10 days to a new you,” don’t work long term.

3.  They include guidelines that aren’t backed by scientific research.

Some guidelines are simply one person’s opinion. They aren’t backed by real science. There’s no anecdotal evidence that shows the strategies have worked for other people with diabetes. In some cases, the guidelines represent basic diet guidelines for people who don’t have diabetes. You can spend months or years following these guidelines and see no improvement in your blood sugar levels. Of course, most people then blame themselves because they don’t realize that the guidelines were lacking.

4.  They recommend or require expensive dietary supplements.

Most people don’t want to pay for prescription diabetes medications, so why would they want to sign up for a lifetime of expensive over-the-counter supplements? You can eat natural, fresh foods straight from the grocery store or farmer’s market and get the same nutritional benefits for less money. Many of these programs are aimed more at earning money from supplement sales than at helping you defeat diabetes.

5.  They offer recipes that are overly complicated or that contain ingredients that are hard to find.

If you’ve ever had to Google ingredient names when reading a recipe, you know what I’m talking about here. Some diabetic recipes look like something a gourmet chef with 20 years of training would have to prepare on your behalf. When you encounter odd ingredients that you don’t even know how to find in the grocery store, you can feel your motivation to eat healthy run away in a panic.

I know how it feels to come across these ineffective diabetic eating guidelines because I was once in your position. I tried to implement the advice given by many medical professionals and reputable online sources, but I fell short time and again.

Eventually, I did the research to develop my own guidelines to feed my body well. Those guidelines were tested and improved over time, until I had a solid nutrition plan that effectively reversed my type-2 diabetes. I now share my guidelines with others like you because I don’t want you to think that those restrictive guidelines are the only options available.

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