A study has found that how often and when you eat is important when trying to control your glucose levels. So is a diabetes friendly breakfast still as important as we’ve been told?
The short answer is yes, breakfast is important.
There are some key rules that can help you make a diabetes friendly breakfast.
- Cut carbs.
- Be active after breakfast.
- Use non-traditional breakfast foods.
A good, diabetes friendly breakfast consists of foods with protein and fiber to help keep you sugar levels stable.
Many people will either have a small breakfast or no breakfast at all. This is not a good idea.
Skipping breakfast entirely might stimulate your liver to pump out more glucose. The hunger you’ll feel after skipping breakfast increase your chances of having that unhealthy morning or mid-morning snack you get a craving for.
When to have breakfast
It’s important to create the time for breakfast in the morning. This could mean that you need to go to sleep a little earlier though.
If having the time is a big issue for you, it might help to pick out your diabetes friendly breakfast ahead of time. Even better, if you’re a fan of leftovers, you can plan ahead to leave some dinner from the night before. If you’re dosing insulin before you eat, planning ahead is important so you know how to properly dose for the meal ahead.
Something that may work for you is a breakfast smoothie. With a smoothie, the preparation time is short and you can plan ahead and prep different options such as low-calorie fruits, yogurt, kale, spinach, etc.
It’s important to avoid eating out for breakfast because those places are typically loaded down in carbs and calories.
Breakfast is extremely important when starting your day and even more so when you have diabetes.