As well you can't forget about the micronutrients you choose to eat. Micronutrients refer to all the vitamins and minerals. These substances also impact how you feel and function and while they may not contain calories, they are still important.
Let's go over a few key points about the different vitamins...
1. Brightly Colored Foods Take The Winning Spot. First, if you are looking to get in as many vitamins as possible, turn to the brightest colored foods you can find, meaning, in most cases, fruits and vegetables. Vegetables, legumes, and fruits are good sources of vitamins, minerals and fiber.
These brightly hued foods will pack some of the major vitamins, many of which also serve as antioxidants in your body.
Spinach, tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, red and orange peppers, kale, and so forth are all excellent choices for getting the best vitamin intake. The more of these you can include in your meal plan each and every day, the lower your chances will be of running a deficiency.
2. Fat Soluble Versus Water Soluble. Next, also be careful to note there are water soluble vitamins and others that are fat soluble. Water soluble vitamins will be just washed out of your body when consumed in excess, meaning you need to take them in daily. If you don't, you'll be more prone to running a deficiency.
On the other hand, the fat soluble vitamins are absorbed in fat. Therefore, they can be stored for the long haul meaning that if you are taking in too many, it is possible for them to reach toxic levels in your body. As such, you need to be more careful with how many you are eating.
Furthermore, when trying to take in sufficient fat soluble vitamins, you're best off eating these with some dietary fat as this will also increase the chances they are absorbed in your body.
The fat soluble vitamins include vitamin A, D, E, and K, while all the others are water soluble.
Using this information, you can better plan how you will achieve your recommended intake of these nutrients, making sure your selected meal plan promotes optimal health as best as possible.
Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.