What’s on your plate?

What’s on your plate? It’s an important question. Your food choices matter a lot when you’ve got diabetes. One of the most essential steps to avoiding complications from type 2 diabetes is managing your diet. Knowing which foods to avoid when you have diabetes can sometimes seem tough. However, following a few guidelines can make it easier. Your main goals should include staying away from unhealthy fats, liquid sugars, processed grains, and other foods that contain refined carbs. Avoiding foods that increase your blood sugar levels and drive insulin resistance can help keep you healthy and reduce your risk of future diabetes complications. Do not forget that Diabetes is an unseen pandemic. Know about several important tips that can help you successfully manage Diabetes first by controlling what you eat. Click the link below to access the ongoing webinar for FREE!!

A diabetic diet doesn’t have to be complicated. Nothing is completely off-limits. Even items that you might think of as worst could be occasional treats — in tiny amounts. But they might not help you nutrition-wise, and it is easiest to manage your diabetes if you mainly stick to the best options.

 The first step to making smarter choices is to separate the myths from the facts about eating to prevent or control diabetes. If you fall in the risk group take necessary precautions today to protect yourself from the killer disease. Click on the link below to know why?

Let us check some everyday food a diabetic patient should avoid:

White Flour

Every diabetic should restrict and avoid refined flour alternatively termed as white flour. This processed fluor is delicious in taste but it is depleted of important minerals and nutrients that promotes constipation as well as various other digestive disturbances. Striping away of the essential fibres, vitamins and other nutrients leads to increased glycemic index of white flour. Thus, it aggravates diabetic condition.

Always opt for high fiber slow-release carbohydrates. Focus on high-fibre, complex carbohydrates which gets digested slowly and makes one feel full for long.


Diabetics should restrict their salt consumption. Normal salt allowance is approximately 1 teaspoon for an individual. Salt does not direct impact diabetes symptoms but increases risks of high blood pressure that promotes heart diseases, kidney disease and stroke. Excess salt in the body causes water retention that can lead to obesity.

Most common tips in limiting salt intake can be by avoiding salt addition to cooked food served at the table and saying no to processed foods.

Spot the hidden sugar

Being smart about sweets is only part of the battle. Sugar is also hidden in many packaged foods, fast food meals, and grocery store staples such as bread, cereals, canned goods, pasta sauce, margarine, instant mashed potatoes, frozen dinners, low-fat meals, and ketchup. The first step is to spot hidden sugar on food labels.

Choose fats wisely

Saturated fats that are found in red meat, dairy products and tropical oils are unhealthy. It is best to avoid them or have them in moderation. It directly contributes to unwanted weight gain and raises the level of bad cholesterol in the body which eventually leads to heart diseases.

Opt for unsaturated fatty acids like omega 3 fatty acids common from fish and plant sources.

These might seem very basic yet we tend to overlook these steps. Its high time to fight this silent killer. If you want to know more about Diabetes nutrition enroll to my course Art of Living with Diabetes today. Module 4 of this education programme will guide you on food and diabetes, how to design your plate that is palatable and healthy. It is important to realise that food you eat not only make a difference to how you manage your diabetes, but also to how well you feel and how much energy you have.

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Published by Dr.Pratim Sengupta

Dr. Pratim Sengupta thinks of himself as conscious, living, soulful being with an inner urge to break the inertia of life. He feels that life is nothing but a material expression of the Supreme Almighty Consciousness. His conscious existence empowered him to see, to hear, to talk, to interact, to feel, to dream, to ask questions, and to seek solutions to every problem. In the flow of life, as he grew up, he understood that knowledge of life is the only way to understand the scientific basis of conscious existence. Hence Dr. Sengupta felt the urge to study the science of life – i.e. Medicine. After he completed his higher secondary education from the Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira in Belurmath, he joined the MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) course at RG Kar Medical College, Kolkata. The professional packaging of knowledge in terms of a time-bound, goal-oriented syllabus frustrated him a bit, but nevertheless ignited the urge within him to study further. He thus went on to his post-graduation (MD) in Medicine from IPGMER and SSKM Hospital, Kolkata. During his MD training, he got a glimpse of the vastness of knowledge, and the quest to learn precisely the facts of life narrowed down his area of interest to the functioning of the kidneys and the specialisation of Nephrology – a discipline that is complex, yet relatively new and still evolving in terms of complete understanding of renal physiology and pathology. So, Dr. Sengupta decided to study and train for the DM (Doctorate of Medicine) degree in Nephrology. Right from the start of his career, Dr. Sengupta was passionate about Research. During the MD programme he worked on Cirrhotic Cardiomyopathy, Autonomic Neuropathy of Lupus, and Insulin resistance in Diabetics. All these research studies were published in national journals. During his postdoctoral study in Nephrology, he worked on Hemodialysis efficiency, and suggested an angular placement of the Dialyser in order to increase efficiency. This innovative concept was accepted for presentation at the World Congress of Nephrology, Milan, in 2009, and also published in Hemodialysis International. Dr. Sengupta also worked on Plasmapheresis – a blood filtering technique by which toxic and pathogenic immunoglobulins can be removed from the body. He studied the role of Prethymectomy Plasmapheresis in Myasthenia Gravis patients, and his findings were published in the journal Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. The patient-empowered nutritional model for nutritional care of kidney patients is another interesting and innovative area in which Dr. Sengupta has worked for quite a long time. Dr.Pratim Sengupta won the Bharat Jyoti award for his excellency in the field of medicine. He is also the president of our non-governmental organization, The Kidney Care Society. His tireless contribution to provide quality living for his patients is worth mentioning. He introduced Mukti, blending ancient Indian yoga with modern medicine for well being of every patient. He has also introduced an unique online course "Art of Living with diabetes" which is a complete solution to diabetes management. He has authored many books, blogs, for the patients. Searching and researching for solutions to problems in the field of Nephrology remains the passion and dream of Dr. Pratim Sengupta, and he intends to persist on this journey as long as he is conscious. Meanwhile, even as he pursues his dreams, Dr. Sengupta diligently puts into practice all he has learned about Nephrology over the years, at the Belle Vue Clinic in Kolkata and ILS hospital,Dumdum where he is available for his patient

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