Food Journal

It’s vital that you pay attention to what you eat, and one way to stay on top of your diet is to keep a food journal. Simply track what you’re eating for each meal and what your glucose levels were when you tested them. That way you can see how exactly your body responds to the various meals you eat. The better understanding you have of how your particular body responds to specific foods, the better prepared you are to manage your diet.

Keep Meals Consistent

The more consistent and regular you are with your meal schedule, the better your body will be at handling diabetes. The diabetic liver struggles to know how much glucose is already in the blood stream, but if you get into a rhythm of when and about how much you eat, the liver will reach a sort of equilibrium with you. Skipping meals can lead to higher blood glucose levels (and in concert with certain medications can lead to lower blood glucose levels). If you really don’t have time for a full meal, consider buying some diabetes bars and/or meal-replacement shakes. 

Vinegar, Anyone?

It’s hard to believe, but consuming 1–2 tablespoons of vinegar before a meal can slow spikes in blood glucose by as much as 40%. It seems to delay the digestion of starches and holds food in the stomach just long enough so that the body doesn’t respond in its usual manner of releasing glucose. Of course, you’re thinking that there’s no way you could drink vinegar—and I wouldn’t ask you to—so spread it over your salad as a dressing.