Biggest misunderstanding? “When people assume that just because I am diabetic, I can’t eat sweet food.” (Anonymous)
When it comes to diabetes and food, it’s like everything else in life—it’s all about balance. Having a healthy eating plan, makes it much easier to manage your diabetes.
Selecting the right foods
By knowing the right foods to eat for your diabetes, you’ll soon find that you can have your cake and eat it too (literally!). If you aren’t sure what you should be eating, check out nutrition.
The as1diabetes website also has some great information and ideas for snacks.
There are lots of recipes available online and in publications especially for people with diabetes and they are recipes that can be enjoyed by anyone!
Be adventurous and try cooking something new—you may surprise yourself and even impress someone special! Impress your friends and manage your diabetes at the same time!
For more recipe ideas try:
- Better Homes and Garden’s Diabetic Living magazine. Published every two months it has loads of recipes.
- Another site for finding yummy, diabetes-friendly food is the taste.com.au website.
- Your local diabetes organisation website will also have recipe ideas.
Biggest misunderstanding? “From people who don’t realise that you don’t need to have special food when eating out.” (Amanda, age 21)
Diabetes and restaurants do go together. You just need to know what foods to eat when you are out. Ask for something that’s not on the menu if there is nothing suitable. Most restaurants will try and cook something different for you if you explain why.
Read more in our fact sheet Eating out.
Talk to a dietitian at your local diabetes organisation for more information and advice.