Preventing Type 2 Diabetes in the Next
toward developing type 2 diabetes can be hereditary, but how we are
nurtured also plays an important part in our health. If you have type 2
diabetes and have children, one concern you have is in preventing
diabetes from affecting them too.
to recent research, the best type of diet for diabetics, type 1 or type
2, is likely to be the vegan diet. Vegans eat no animal or animal
products. This is one healthy way to raise a child. If a good variety
and enough calories are provided, there will be enough protein
available.Calcium is available from:
Although vegans tend not to eat as much calcium as omnivores,
utilization of the calcium eaten appears to be more efficient, so not
as much is needed.
leafy vegetables (remember Popeye?) and lentils are good sources of
iron. Vitamin B12, used for making red blood cells, can be a concern,
and should be supplied with nutritional yeast, fortified tofu, or a
supplement. Providing vegan nutrition need not make for radical changes.
A school lunch
with a peanut butter and jam sandwich (use whole wheat), and an apple
with 100 per cent fruit juice or water to drink is vegan. So is
spaghetti with tomato sauce. Hamburgers can be made with vegetable
patties and whole wheat buns, tomatoes, lettuce, and onions for a
healthy meal. Veggie wieners are so much like the real thing that meat
eaters cannot tell the difference.
If you feel
that your child cannot live without meat and animal products, at least
try limiting meat to lean varieties and cut out processed meats.
Substitute skim milk for homogenized and serve plain yogurt with fresh
fruit instead of the kind with fruit on the bottom.
When it comes
to quenching thirst on a hot day, contrary to all the commercials,
there is really nothing like cool water. Add a slice of lime for some
flavor and a little vitamin C. Cool sparkling water can also be
refreshing with a little 100 per cent fruit juice added for flavoring.
Avoiding the sugar, and especially the high fructose corn syrup in the
soft drinks or soda, will help control weight and maintain insulin
sensitivity, the key to preventing type 2 diabetes.
Left to their
own devices, children will usually choose candy for their favorite
snack, and the sweetness will keep them wanting more. Why not break
this cycle with the sweetness of apples or berries? There are many
kinds of apples, with different appealing colors and flavors. Try
buying one of each kind the grocery store has to offer and have your
child try each one. Once you know his or her favorite kind, you can use
this instead of sugary snacks. At first it may seem a little dull, but
once your child becomes used to fruit, he/she will appreciate how sweet
Many people go
for fast foods because they're well... fast! But if you pack a healthy
meal containing fruits and veggies into a picnic basket, you can avoid
the lines at McDonald's.
No summer seems
complete without ice cream but what about substituting with sherbet...
that's less fat and calories? Or read the label and find the kind made
with milk instead of cream.
children eating healthy fat-free food today... then they will develop
good eating habits and lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Would you like more
information about alternative ways to handle your type 2 diabetes?
To download your free
copy of my E-Book, click here now: Answers to Your Questions...
its based on questions many diabetics have asked me over recent months.
Beverleigh Piepers is a
registered nurse who would like to help you understand how to live
easily and happily with your type 2 diabetes. (c) 2010