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National Diabetes Month – Six Dietary Changes Your Mom Needs to Make When Diabetes is Present

Your mom has been diagnosed with diabetes. It will require management to keep her healthy.

Here are six dietary changes she needs to make.


Senior Care in Easley SC: National Diabetes Month

Senior Care in Easley SC: National Diabetes Month


Cut Sugars

Watch sugar content. Your mom needs to eat sweet treats like cookies and cakes in moderation. They should only be treats. She also should look for added sugar in crackers, packaged bread, and canned or jarred soups and sauces.


Increase Vegetables

Vegetables are a must. Your mom should eat a mix of vegetables that are not starchy like potatoes. Leafy greens are good. Cruciforms like Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and cauliflower are also great choices. Celery is low in calories and high in water, which helps with hydration, too.


Look at the Glycemic Index of Foods

Foods with a low glycemic index can help your mom feel fuller longer. They also are absorbed more slowly so they don’t cause a rapid increase in blood sugars. Some of the foods with a low glycemic index include steel-cut oats, barley, cracked wheat, pumpernickel bread, sweet potatoes, and lentils.


Focus on Water, Seltzer, and Unsweetened Tea or Coffee

If your mom is used to a glass of wine or beer and likes sweet juices and sodas, she’ll need to make changes. Water or seltzer with a slice of lime or lemon can help her get past the urge to have a soda. Herbal teas are a good choice. She can have them hot or iced.

When drinking fruit juices, your mom should carefully read the label to look for added sugars. Some companies add unnecessary sugar to blackcurrant juice, cranberry juices, and even apple juice.


Cut Saturated Fats

Stick to foods that avoid saturated fats. This includes many packaged foods and meats like beef, bacon, sausage, and certain deli meats. Full-fat dairy items can also have saturated fat.


Follow the Plate Method

The American Diabetes Association recommends using the Plate Method when choosing foods. Fill half of a plate with fresh vegetables that are not starchy like potatoes. One of the remaining quarters should have your lean protein like salmon or chicken breast. The other quarter should have a serving of whole grains, such as cooked barley or quinoa.

If she’s struggling with meal preparation, hire senior care professionals to help her create weekly menus, shop for groceries, and prepare meals for her. Many seniors lose interest in cooking or struggle to chop ingredients because of arthritis pain. Your mom doesn’t have to give up on homemade meals with fresh ingredients. Call a senior care adviser to discuss meal preparation services from caregivers.


If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Senior Care in Easley, SC, please contact the caring staff at Upstate Home Care Solutions today. Call (864) 527-0455

James Bennett

James Bennett is a native of Taylors, SC. A graduate of Riverside High School, he attended Clemson University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Packing Science. Upon graduation, he commenced on a career path in food manufacturing with Nestle Frozen Foods (1999 – 2008) and Country Fresh, Inc. (2008 – 2011). When James was only 12, his father, at the age of 37, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).With both an ailing father and a grandmother suffering from several medical conditions, James Bennett and his family were able to unify and provide their loved ones with the home care they needed. Their family structure and consistent schedule were key aspects in providing care. Unfortunately, not all families have the structure, resources, or flexibility to provide the home care their loved one desires. James understands the difficulties families and caregivers encounter while providing and caring for loved ones. A loving son, husband, and father who understands the need to help families, James created Upstate Home Health Care Solutions, LLC in 2011 to fill in the gap for families who need caring individuals to assist with a loved one’s home care needs.

• Greenville Chamber of Commerce Minority Business of the Year 2017
• Greenville Chamber of Commerce Minority Business Accelerator (MBA) Program participant 2017
• Greenville Chamber of Commerce MBA Excellence Award Recipient 2017
• Featured on the cover Upstate Business Journal June 2016
• Community Works Economic Impact Award 2016
• Board Member of Ten at the Top (TATT) and Fire Pit Ranch (FPR)
• Member of Upstate Senior Network, Greenville & Spartanburg Chapters
• Member of the Healthcare division of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce
• Member of the Better Business Bureau
• Staff member of Palmetto Boys State sponsored by the American Legion
• Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.