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Diabetes Diet & Foods to Avoid

Discovering that you have type 2 diabetes is a life-changing experience. One of the major issues is a diabetes diet and what are foods to steer clear of to help lower blood sugar.

What’s on your plate?

It’s an important question. One of the most essential steps to avoiding complications from type 2 diabetes is managing your diabetes diet says William Sullivan, MD, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

We all know that we with type 2 diabetes face more risk to serious complications such as heart disease, blindness, arterial disease and much more. And we know that the only way to fight this is with a diabetes diet that helps lower blood sugar. And that is where the challenge begins.

For anyone who does not have to worry about what they eat, when they eat and how much they can eat, they cannot and should not be expected to understand and appreciate the frustrations. Just try going out to dinner and finding a menu that will suit a type 2 diabetes diet. Food is “over sugared,” it contains other “spices” that can affect us, and if we let our guard down, we will face the consequences.

Even at home it is a challenge. To sit at the table eating a carrot when your wife is enjoying a piece of Tiramisu or cheesecake. And after a while, the plate of salad, steamed vegetables and a piece of meat get stuck in your throat.

But, as a type 2 diabetes, we have two choices. Stick it out to a better quality of life living with diabetes, or have a short life. I have seen the results of not adhering to a diabetes diet with a friend’s eyesight and heart condition. It is not pretty. It is somewhere I do not want to go and I suggest to anyone with type 2 diabetes, even though hard to face, stay on the path to a better quality of life living with diabetes and avoid these following foods.

Food to Avoid with Diabetes

  • Get Rid of the Pop Pop should be one of the first things to go from your diet. Just too much sugar and risk. What I do is drink sparkling water made with my SodaStream and spiked with pure fruit juice. Not a 100% solution, but not that hard to accomplish.

  • Watch out for Smoothies Smoothies are usually promoted as a “healthy choice.” But some can come loaded with sugar. Check the label and make sure you are comfortable putting that smoothie into your body.

  • The Sugared Coffee Those gorgeous-looking coffees topped with chocolate and whipped cream. A delight, but not for us with type 2 diabetes. In my coffee, I put a little artificial sweetener, a little steamed milk and I am good to go.

  • Avoid French Fries and those Nuggets I can attest to the personal impact of eating French Fries, nuggets, or other coated and fried food. Even trying to eat a little, makes my blood sugar spike to intolerable levels. My solution? Remove these types of food from my diabetes diet and replace with salt and pepper baked wings.

  • The high-sugar Sweets Who would think about eating a donut? It is hard walking by the shelves in the grocery store that are packed with goodies to satisfy any sweet tooth. Passing by the desserts is one of the hardest things for me to do, and I would think most people. But we must do what we must do – just keep passing on by.


This is enough bad news about foods we love, but should no longer eat with type 2 diabetes. This is just a “taste” of food that should be eliminated or seriously restricted and to ensure you are doing it right, learn to read the food labels. That is where your control of your type 2 diabetes can start.

And there is help our there. If you want a hand to manage your diabetes diet, call on today. Passion for diabetes knowledge is our centerpiece; EAT is what we deliver. (Expertise, Authoritativeness and Trust).

Best wishes ......

Wayne Drury was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes more than one year. He quickly discovered there was scant diabetes information providing a roadmap to a better quality of life living with diabetes.

With his passion for learning, helping and providing Expertise, Authoritativeness and Trust (E-A-T) to the diabetes community, Damndiabetes began. A boutique firm in Vancouver, they live and breathe the consequences of treating diabetes daily. If you wish help with your diabetes management, are frustrated and have nowhere to turn, call on and experience their EAT today.

Disclaimer of Medical Advice: Statements and opinions expressed on this Website do not constitute medical advice or recommendations. You should not rely on any information in such posts or comments to replace consultations and decisions with qualified healthcare professionals.

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