Diabetes management during fasts
Fasting should not make us weak, irritable or create an urge to indulge later. This happens when there is no noble goal behind fasting. The Bhagavad Gita urges us to eat appropriately – neither too less nor too much - yukta-aahaara, and to eat simple, pure and healthy food (a saatvik diet) even when not fasting.
Fasting with diabetes poses significant risks, following points should be considered while diabetics undertake fasting…
🍉Monitor your blood glucose regularly during the fast.
🍓Choose water or aim to drink sugar free and caffeine free drinks frequently throughout the day.
🍒If you experience hypoglycemic symptoms, it is advisable to break the fast.
🍅Do light exercise and take rest when possible to help avoid lowering of blood glucose levels.
🍑Keep the portion sizes moderate. Overeating is a greatest risk.
🍎Continue taking your diabetes medicine, regarding dosage and timings talk to your doctor.
🍊If you eat one meal should contain a balance of whole grain like jowar, Bajra, jav, nachani as well as some protein from pulses, panir, curd,milk and small amounts of heart healthy fats, limit added sugars.
🍏If you need to eat fasting foods eat Rajigira, Samak, kuttu (Buck Wheat) instead of sabudana, fried foods and sweets.
🍎Eat every 2-3 hrs, include fresh fruits and vegetables.
🍋Keep sensible portions in mind and follow the same guidelines for healthy eating that you do the rest of the year.
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