Start with a diet that eliminates refined carbohydrates. This type of program can shock the system into resensitizing itself to insulin. After the blood sugar has stabilized, you will be able to add some of the whole grain and fruit carbohydrates back to the diet.
Eat plenty of vegetables and a handful of nuts daily.Eat as many vegetables as you would like, however, limit fruit intake to one serving daily until the blood sugar has improved. Then you will be able to add more fruit.
Eat 3 main meals and 2 snack-meals daily. Alway separate any meals that contain carbohydrates by 4-5 hours to allow the insulin time to work and be metabolized out of the blood.
If and when you do eat refined carbohydrates, take some sort of fiber supplement to help slow the absorption of carbohydrates. See the supplement recommendations below.
Become familiar with the glycemic index and glycemic load charts. Eating foods that are low on the glycemic load or index will help to stabilize blood sugar.
Exercise is very important. Start with a controlled exercise program that is graded to your fitness level. Pay close attention to your body, looking for symptoms that may indicate that you are getting hypoglycemic. If this occurs, then you may want to have some low glycemic food such as a handful of nuts 20-30 minutes before exercise.
Avoid Alcohol – Alcohol can severely impair blood sugar control.
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