My mother, my father's mother, and innumerable cousins have Type 2 diabetes. I've been diagnosed as borderline hypoglycemic, so I see where I'm headed. Almost 3 years ago I moved back home to act as caretaker, and in the process I began a significant change in the eating habits of the whole family. Here's what we did.
The biggest change was cutting out our reliance on packaged foods. No more pasta, potato, or rice mixes from a box. No pre-made sauces. I grew up on Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. Now, the mere thought of powdered cheese makes me shudder. It's hard to break away at first, but with a little courage and patience you can learn to enjoy food preparation just as much as the food itself.
If we want a cheese sauce, we make it ourselves. Even better, we forego heavy sauces for olive oil, fresh herbs, and grated parmesan. That way we enhance the flavor of our foods rather than bury them in Velveeta.
80% of our grocery shopping is in the produce section. Fresh fruits and veggies are the bulk of our meals, as well as snack staples. My mother eats 6 small meals a day, mostly a mix of bananas, apples, pears, peaches, and (in smaller quantity) grapes. My own favorite snack food is hummus. We make our own from a constantly changing recipe.
My mother's A1C has come down to 5.7, and I've noticed that my own blood sugar is much more stable. I don't test, but I've stopped hitting the highs and lows that used to make me lightheaded.
What do you do? What's your worst habit - the one you have trouble breaking?