(MayoClinic.com) Your diabetes diet probably focuses on fruits, vegetables and whole grains. It's the same healthy-eating plan that's best for everyone, but it's not always easy to follow your diabetes diet. Consider these five barriers to healthy eating — and common-sense strategies to overcome them.
Fresh fruits and vegetables can put a serious dent in your food budget. But the money is well spent. Consider it an investment in your health. Then get creative about saving money in the produce aisles:
It might help to look at your total grocery bill, too. The more you spend on fruits and vegetables, the less you're likely to spend on chips, cookies and other junk food.Barrier: You love ethnic foods.
From jambalaya to wontons, food is an expression of culture. But all cuisine can be prepared in healthier ways. Challenge yourself to make healthier versions of your favorite ethnic foods.
For more ideas, check out diabetes cookbooks that focus on ethnic foods.Barrier: Your family doesn't get it.
From weeknight dinners to holiday gatherings, food is often the center of family life. If your family members don't seem supportive of the changes you're trying to make, help them understand why healthy eating and portion control are so important. Your diabetes diet helps you:
Remember, change may be hard for your family members, too. But healthy foods and portion control are good for everyone. With your family's support, healthy eating can become a way of life.Barrier: You want to be social.
It's hard to turn down a dessert or snack when it's offered to you, especially if everyone else is joining in. But you can eat sweets or other treats once in a while without feeling guilty or sabotaging your diabetes diet. Just plan ahead.
You're busy. It may seem that following your diabetes diet only adds to your stress level. But there's a catch. If you don't follow your diabetes diet, you may feel even worse. So make it easy:
If you're prepared to eat healthy foods, you won't need to give your diabetes diet a second thought while you're busy juggling other demands.Barriers be gone!