Many people think they can’t make big changes in their life. But, do you think you could make just one healthy change in the next week – even a small one. You see, it’s all about taking “small steps.” If you can make just one small change each week, then by the end of one year you will have made 52 healthy changes! And those changes add up to real transformation!
Oats/Muesli – Do you need a powerful shot of protein and fiber in the morning? Try some oats or muesli and you will be happy to have a bowl on alternate mornings. You can add some fresh fruits and dry fruits to make your breakfast complete. These will give you an opportunity to try new flavors everyday so you are not bored of your breakfast and also get a healthy boost every morning.
Fiber is especially important to a diabetics diet. We should have fiber, along with Vitamin D, Calcium, and Omega-3s at every meal. (The guidelines for these 4 particular fat-fighters are a good idea for anyone, diabetic or not.) Here are a few examples of the fiber content of some common foods: 1 medium apple = about 3 grams, 1/2 cup fresh raspberries = 4 grams, 1 cup cooked fresh spinach = 4 grams, and 1/2 cup chickpeas = 6 gram. In reference to the above tidbit, this is why it is important to eat whole-grain breads.
The best of the three in my opinion is the Honey Nut Cheerios. These are just like Honey Nut Cheerios Cereal, except you also get the milk filling. Additionally, each bar has to be held together somehow. I find a hint of a caramel taste in the corn syrup which seems to comprise what holds them together. It makes the honey nut cheerios bars slightly sweeter than the other two varieties. Within the past year, General Mills has changed the makeup of the Honey Nut Cheerios bars, and they are sweeter than they were before. I liked the old flavor better, but these are still delicious!
It makes sense to start the day early. No, you don’t have to be up by the crack of dawn. However, you should allow enough time for a healthy breakfast or perhaps a quick workout.
Turn the broiler on. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the sucanat or brown sugar on top of each dish of oatmeal. Watch closely for a few minutes until the sugar bubbles and darkens. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
Let’s not forget the importance of water into your diet as well. Your body needs the water for hydration and it also helps to keep the body satiated. Instead of reaching for the sugar laden drinks, consider adding some fresh fruit to your water for a hint of flavor. Smoothies are a great way to get the added nutrients your body requires as well and a favorite among children.
Plan ahead. Don’t expect yourself to live on a food plan based on deprivation. Take the time to identify the treats you want to indulge in and choose the trade-offs that you are willing to make. What are the temptations you can have anytime that you can pass by over the holiday months? What portion size will you serve yourself? Thinking proactively will increase your ability to be in control and to make effective choices.