Costco Connection would like you to provide some healthy nutrition tips for diabetics for the winter.
- Winter tends to be an easy time to put on a little comfort weight due to the holidays and hearty comfort foods like stews and creamy soups, etc. You can have your favorite winter meals but look for healthy recipe modifications and lower carbohydrate options to avoid winter weight gain.
- Monitor your skin and lips. Diabetics have drier skin then the average person; make sure you are monitoring your feet for sores and dry skin. Apply a high quality lotion preferably without parabens or dyes at least one time per day.
- Aim to drink at least half of your body weight in ounces of water per day. Water naturally transports essential nutrients to vital organs and cells increasing energy and helps regulate appetite. For the best type of water drink hydroxide water, it decreases inflammation by helping eliminate acids from the body. It also helps clear out the detoxification pathways. Both of these are important for a person’s health, especially those with diabetes.
- Make sure you are eating at least 25 grams of fiber per day. The best sources of fiber for a Diabetic are fibrous vegetables and fruits like leafy greens, broccoli, berries, avocados, or apples. Avocados have 12 grams of fiber each, that is almost half of your daily target. Fibrous vegetables are the best source because they do not increase your blood sugar levels, keeping your levels within normal/optimal ranges. This can be more challenging in the winter months, because we tend to want warm foods, consider adding vegetables to soups, stews or roasting them in the oven.