A diagnosis of diabetes can feel like a death sentence. I remember observing the faces of the participants in a diabetes education program, as the nutritionist described how to gain control of their blood glucose by controlling portions and by eating more nominally- processed foods and fewer sweets, sugary beverages and processed baked goods.
“Changing your lifestyle may feel like a lot of work, but when you consider the health consequences of diabetes, it’s worth the time and effort,” she explained. Although the participants were aware of the need to make changes, I sensed that many of them questioned their ability to do it. Why? Because many of them translated the successful management of diabetes to mean dieting, deprivation and giving up the foods they enjoyed.