Grocery shopping usually isn’t at the top of anyone’s list of fun activities. For people with diabetes it can seem especially overwhelming – The carbohydrates! The sugar! Making healthy choices! But with a little planning, grocery shopping can be a very effective tool in meeting goals, from managing blood sugar levels to losing weight.
“Planning ahead and shopping carefully are two great ways to take control, because you can get more out of your time and efforts,” said Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDE, a Chicago-area diabetes educator and spokesperson for the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). “It keeps you focused so you’ll buy more foods that are healthy and fewer that have little or no nutritional value. That way you don’t have to rely on your willpower when you’re back home to eat less of certain foods and more of others.
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