Reasor’s Registered Dietitians’ Eat Right Feel Great program is dedicated to helping our customers and their families make better food choices, eat healthier, and feel great while doing so. This November and December our health topic for our Eat Right Feel Great program is Diabetes, as November is National Diabetes Awareness month. Learn from nutrition professionals what steps you can take to help prevent diabetes or how to manage diabetes if you have been diagnosed.
Insulin is an essential hormone produced by the pancreas that helps the body use sugar from the carbohydrate foods we eat. This sugar (glucose) is used as a source of immediate energy, or can be stored for future use.
When we eat, carbohydrate foods are broken down into glucose, a simple sugar. The broken down glucose then enters your bloodstream and contributes to the value we know as “blood glucose” or “blood sugar”. Insulin is essential to allow the glucose to enter into the body’s cells from the blood stream so it can be used for energy. Without insulin, glucose is unable to enter cells from the blood stream and begins to accumulate, creating high blood glucose levels.
Over time, high blood glucose (hyperglycemia) can cause many health complications. Because insulin is activated by blood glucose, carbohydrates stimulate insulin release far more than protein and fat. Therefore, consistent and controlled carbohydrate intake is essential for individuals with diabetes to prevent complications.
Reasor’s has a wide variety of food and beverage options for individuals with diabetes and even those simply interested in an overall healthy and balanced diet. We also have Registered Dietitians on staff who are able to provide nutrition therapy to those with diabetes, or help with the prevention of diabetes. Reasor’s Registered Dietitian services include one-on-one consultations, customized meal planning, shopping healthy tours, and more.
We have several “Shopping Healthy for Diabetes” store tours during the months of November and December focusing on a healthy balance of the foods you need to help prevent and manage diabetes. Check out the different dates and locations to find a Shopping Healthy Tour that works best with your schedule. Each of these “Shopping Healthy for Diabetes” store tours is FREE and is hosted by a Reasor’s Registered Dietitian. (Click here to register)
Diabetes Shopping List:
Frozen, no sugar added
Canned, in 100% fruit juice
Dried, no sugar added
Frozen, no sodium added
Canned, no sodium added
Ancient Grains (amaranth,barley, millet, sorghum, & quinoa)
Rice, brown or wild
Tortillas, corn or whole wheat
Whole grain bread
Whole grain pasta
Whole grain cereal, low-sugar
Beans and peas, dried or canned
Meat, lean cuts
Nuts and seeds
Greek yogurt, low-sugar and low-fat or fat-free
Milk, low-fat or fat-free
Yogurt, low-sugar and low-fat or fat-free