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Community Q&A: Diabetic Patients’ Questions and Answers

I am diabetic and easily get my sugar levels up when I eat anything. What should I include in my breakfast, so it does not go high? I am very confused and frustrated.

We understand your frustration, and this is quite common among diabetic patients. However, you can take some steps to manage it better.

A healthy breakfast for diabetes should consist of a balanced meal that includes a combination of complex carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats, and fiber. Here are some commonly available items you can include:

Whole grains: Choose whole grain options like whole wheat bread, oatmeal, or multigrain chapatis (Indian flatbread).

Protein-rich foods: Include sources such as egg whites, low-fat yogurt or curd, cottage cheese (paneer), or moong dal (green gram).

Vegetables: Incorporate non-starchy vegetables like spinach, tomatoes, bell peppers, or mushrooms. You can prepare a vegetable omelet or include veggies in dishes like upma or poha (flattened rice).

Low-fat dairy: Opt for low-fat milk or yogurt, which provide essential nutrients without excessive fat or added sugars.

Nuts and seeds: Include a small handful of almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds, or chia seeds for their healthy fats and fiber content.

Fruits: Choose low glycemic index fruits like berries, guava, papaya, or apples. These fruits have a lesser impact on blood sugar levels.

Herbal teas: Consider having herbal teas like green tea or cinnamon tea, which may help regulate blood sugar levels.

Spices and herbs: Incorporate diabetes-friendly spices and herbs like cinnamon, fenugreek, turmeric, and ginger in your breakfast dishes.

Here are a few breakfast ideas combining these ingredients:

  • Oatmeal topped with berries, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a few chopped almonds.
  • Vegetable omelet with spinach, bell peppers, mushrooms, and a slice of whole wheat bread.
  • Moong dal cheela (pancake) made with green gram flour, filled with vegetables, and served with a side of yogurt.
  • Upma or poha made with flattened rice, loaded with vegetables and seasoned with mustard seeds, curry leaves, and turmeric.
  • Multigrain chapati with a side of low-fat paneer bhurji (scrambled cottage cheese) and a small bowl of sliced fruits.

Please consult a registered dietitian or healthcare professional for personalized advice based on your specific dietary needs and medical condition.

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