Jump-Start Your Day ( Diabetes )
Breakfast is crucial for people with diabetes. When you wake up in the morning, your body has been without food for eight to 12 hours. If you have type 1 diabetes, you need food to balance your injected insulin. If you have type 2 diabetes, you may skip breakfast to cut calories and lose weight, but it can lead to overeating later. In fact, research shows that people who skip breakfast have higher blood cholesterol levels and carry extra pounds. An ideal breakfast has carbohydrates, protein, and fiber. Save high-fat foods like bacon, sausage, and eggs for special occasions.
Choose cereal or an English muffin, low-fat milk or yogurt, and fruit. If breakfast foods don’t inspire you, there’s no rule that breakfast can’t be pasta tossed with low-fat ricotta cheese or a leftover chicken breast with a piece of fruit.
If you’re not hungry in the morning, remember this: People who eat a smaller evening meal or spread their caloric intake out over the course of the day are more likely to wake up hungry.