Must-Have Grocery Items for Eating Healthy with Type 2 Diabetes

Medically reviewed by Peggy Pletcher, MS, RD, LD, CDE on January 27, 2017Written by Mary Baucom on January 27, 2017
must have groceries for type 2 diabetes

As someone living with type 2 diabetes, finding “that one thing” that will satisfy your craving can be challenging. Eat something that satisfies your sweet tooth, and you risk raising your blood sugar levels too much. Eat something that fulfills your salty cravings, and you risk increasing your blood pressure too much.

Rather than thinking of what you can’t or shouldn’t snack on, think of what wholesome, nutritious foods you can enjoy! According to the American Diabetes Association, snacks are a way to curb hunger and add a healthy boost to your day.

Stocking your kitchen with the right kinds of foods is the first step to managing what — and how well — you eat. After all, if your pantry is filled to the brim with cookies, candy, and other processed foods, that’s what you’ll end up eating. But if it’s full of wholesome, fiber-rich foods, such as natural nut butters, popcorn, oatmeal, and dried fruit, that’s what you’ll be reaching for instead. To put it simply, choose wisely and your body will thank you.

Before you head to the grocery store, make a list. Only buy items that are on your list, no matter how tempting a sale is or how good the bakery aisle looks that particular day. You’re more likely to stay on track if you go with a clear mind. Also, don’t go to the store hungry. You’ll wind up succumbing to cravings, instead of sticking to your list.

Another tip is to enlist your family and friends to help. Holding yourself accountable can be tricky, and you’re more likely to be lured into eating something unhealthy if there’s nobody watching you. Asking your loved ones to help you stay on track can be beneficial to your own well-being and theirs as well.

With all this in mind, we polled some people with diabetes to see what they like to munch on as well as what some health and wellness experts suggest trying.

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