If your doctor does not give you medicine or if you can not afford medicine you can still do some things to help yourself. You probably have Type2 Diabetes. This means your body has trouble getting the calories from the starchy food you eat into your cells. Try to eat mostly lots of vegetables, fish, dried fish and eggs. If you can get chicken, duck or beef you can eat this, too. Try not to eat big amounts of rice, potatoes or wheat at one time, no more than one cup at a meal. Rice or wheat should not be rinsed or boiled in large amounts of water. This loses too many vitamins and minerals. Steaming grains or cooking it in less water is best so that the nutrients stay with them. Brown rice is better for you than polished or white rice.
If possible all vegetables should be microwaved or cooked in very little water. The vegetable water should be drunk to get the vitamins. Eat as much cucumber, tomato and onion salad as you like. Gourd, brinjal, beans, radish, cauliflower, cabbage, tomato and carrots are all good to eat and will not make your blood sugar go high. Avocados are good for you because they have good fat in them. Butter and coconut oil are good to cook with or use in foods. If you can get them you can eat 1/2 of an avocado every day and it is very healthy.
Try to eat some whole fruit every day. Do not drink juice. Oranges, jackfruit, mango, litchis, pineapple or calendar, guavas, plums, melons, bananas and berries, are good choices if you can get them. You do not need a lot of fruit but some is very good for you. One orange, one banana, 2 plums, this is a serving. Eat fruit instead of payesh, rasgolla, rasmalai, sandesh, pranhara, mohanbhog, khirmohan and kalajam. Try not to eat these foods made with sugar. If you must eat them to be polite, only eat a small amount.
Write back to us and tell us what kind of foods you have around you. We can help you choose the good foods. We are glad to make a new friend. We all help each other with diabetes.
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