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Having a family member with diabetes has a big impact in any family. I know because my mom is 1 of 6 million Hispanics in the United States with diabetes. Latinos overall are at greater risk for diabetes than non-Hispanic Whites . An estimated 57 million people have pre-diabetes in the US, and 35% are estimated to be Hispanic. The main reason is that almost 80 percent of Latinos in the U.S. are overweight or obese, putting them at risk for stroke, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.
Being diabetic is no joke, you really have to be careful what you eat, the most important part is to lower their blood sugar, but also be careful of it going too low. You have to control the amount of carbohydrates the diabetic is consuming and manage their calories. For my mom the hardest part was to stay full throught the day and avoid cheating, she was having constant food cravings, which it doesn’t mean she was hungry. It is extremely important to identify is you’re hungry or is just a craving.
As a certified nutritionist I gave my mom 5 Tips to manage hunger during the day and they have really helped her stay on track of her diabetic meal plan, so I’m sharing my tips with you. These tips are not only for diabetics your whole family can follow them to help them eat healthier and stay fit.
1 Don’t Skip Meals Specially as a diabetic you should be eating 3 meals a day, plus two snacks. Make sure you space your meals throughout the day so that you don’t go longer than 3 hours without eating. This is very important when you want to avoid stomach grumble because it will keep your blood sugar levels and hunger hormones stable.
2 Ready To-Go Snacks One of the main reasons we break or diets is because when hunger strikes we eat whatever is available and it’s usually something we shouldn’t eat, like sweets or carbs.
Another great snack are shakes! I recently learned about Glucerna® Hunger Smart™ Shakes Managing blood sugar can be a challenge, and it’s often the little wins that count. Glucerna® Hunger Smart™ Shakes are the perfect option for when you need a midday snack. These shakes contain 6 grams of sugars and 1 carb choice per bottle, they’re a good source of fiber to help support digestive tract health and are an excellent source of 25 vitamins and minerals.
Glucerna® Hunger Smart™ Shake are specially designed for people with diabetes. Not only do they have 50% more protein than the leading weight loss shakes, but they also have 66% less sugars, making them a very smart choice to help manage hunger. Glucerna also contain CarbSteady, which allows carbs to be released slowly over time and prevents blood sugar spikes. I reccommend trying Glucerna Hunger Smart Shakes under medical supervision.
You can find Glucerna Hunger Smart Shakes at Walmart, they’re in the pharmacy department by the diabetic supplies. I bought w a 6-pack of vanilla shakes buy they’re are also available in chocolate. You can also purchase them online at Walmart.com and right now when you purchase two large packs online you can save $3.00!
- Fruit snacks. Berries are a diabetes superfood because they’re packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber, plus they’re low-GI. Three quarters of a cup of fresh blueberries has 62 calories and 16 grams (g) of carbohydrates.
- Veggie Snacks. Go Green and red! Cucumber, broccoli, celery, squash and tomatoes are veggies with very low sugar and carb levels. Add some lemon and enjoy!
- Almonds are an excellent source of several vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E and manganese, they are also a good source of protein, fiber and they’re very beneficial for people with diabetes. 1 ounce of almonds (about 23) has about 170 calories.
3 Water, water and more water! Fell hungry or think you’re hungry? Before reaching out for that snack, ask yourself these questions: Am I really hungry or is it a craving? When was the last time I ate? If you ate less than 2 hours ago, pour yourself a huge glass of water and drink it, better yet, get a big bottle of water and have it with you at all times so you’re constantly drinking water, after a few weeks of doing it, drinking water will become a habit. You can be creative and by adding a slice of lemon to your water which is one of the best things for your body. It keeps you hydrated and flushes out any toxins in your body.
4 Keep Yourself busy and think about something else Being bored or stressed or emotionally unsatisfied can trigger the thought of being hungry, when this happens, find a way to divert your attention so that you don’t go for that instant gratification. Get up and go for a walk, call a friend, organize a room or closet. Better yet, stay busy, if you don’t have a job, volunteer at your kids’ school, become a member or a gym or community group, anything to keep your mind away from food you don’t need.
5 Get enough Zzzz’s Did you know being sleep deprived makes you hungry? Two hormones, leptin and ghrelin, regulate our appetite, and both are directly affected by how much sleep we get. Seven hours of shut-eye each night helps the hormones work properly and it will help you avoid overeating.
Having a diabetes meal plan helps you to know how much and what kinds of food you can choose to eat at meals and snack times. The meal plan should fit in with your schedule and eating habits, otherwise it would be difficult to stick to it. Give Glucerna® Hunger Smart™ Shakes a try! They’re delicious and convenient, just grab and go to be healthy!
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