What is the Best Eating Habit for Those with Type 2 Diabetes?
- 3 Square Meals
- 1-2 Large Meals
Diabetes and Eating Schedules
Wait… what? Those late night snacks are good for you?
Maybe, depending on what you eat!
One of the biggest issues for those with type 2 diabetes is their eating schedule. Long periods of time without food, followed by large meals, can cause spikes and lulls in your blood sugar. This is why fasting and 1-3 meals a day doesn’t work well for diabetics.
Instead, frequent snacking with small meals in between can keep your blood sugar from soaring or dropping significantly. As a bonus, this method keeps your metabolism busy, so you may even lose weight without even trying. But let’s not get carried away and think that late night piece of chocolate cake is going to do the trick. Sadly, it isn’t.
Protein is your friend, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have anything tasty. A lot of people tend to crave something sweet or salty late at night, and that’s okay. You just have to get creative about how you handle it. Try some of the suggestions below.
- Spoonful of peanut butter
- Peanut butter on celery
- Hard-boiled egg
- Cottage cheese with or without a bit of fruit
- Sugar-free jello
- Sugar-free ice cream
- Nuts or seeds
- Cherry tomatoes
- Cucumber slices
Tip: If you like to dip your veggies, try some hummus, salsa, mashed avocado (fantastic for reducing blood sugar), or guacamole dip.