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Here is a question I recently received from FOODPICKER.org

I am very new to the diabetes lifestyle.  I have started working out and so far have dropped 8 pounds (I have about 100 pounds still to lose).  I am excited about the weight loss so far, but I am scared that I won’t drop the weight and that I will slip somehow.  Can you offer any advice in regards to cravings (I have a big sweet tooth and enjoy greasy foods such as burgers and fries)?

Answer:  Congratulations on your weight loss thus far!  You will find that as you continue to loose more weight, you will feel better and your blood sugars will be under better control.

As for cravings, these can be difficult.  To control these, I would first recommend considering the portion size.  Rather than eating a whole slice of pie or bowl of ice cream, limit yourself to a bite or two and savor the flavor.  Another suggestion is to save these items for special occasions.  Remember that sweets contain a lot of calories and fat, and dont always offer the best nutrients.

In regards to fast food, it is important to watch your portion size and cooking method.  Here are some suggestions:

  • Choose grilled chicken instead of fried
  • Substitute the fries for a side salad or apple wedges
  • Choose a single burger instead of a double or even triple
  • Substitute regular soda with water or a diet variety
  • Now days, most fast food restaurants have an online website and post nutrient information.  Take some time and explore these websites so you are aware of just how many calories and fat are in these products.
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