March 23rd, 2016 Portion Control & Moderation

Pizza PcitureA famous saying from Yogi Berra sums it all: “You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six.”

Today, I am going to talk about pizza as an example where one can apply the concept of portion control and moderation. As we all know, pizza is a very desirable food and most people, including diabetics crave it. Often labelled as junk food and therefore not healthy, in fact it could be healthy if eaten in moderation and with proper portion control.

Let me explain what portion control and moderation mean. Portion control is essentially the serving size. How much food is on your plate? Moderation means not eating it too often. Most foods are unhealthy if consumed daily. So how does this apply? Well, a few slices of a medium sized pizza eaten once a month or so would probably be okay for most people. It definitely works for me. I find no unusual blood sugar spike after consuming a few slices of pizza. Using portion control and moderation as a guide in my daily eating habits, I find that I could eat a wide range of food that I enjoy without jeopardizing my blood sugar levels.

Pizza, if enjoyed occasionally would not be bad for the diabetic’s diet. When combined with a salad and a minimum amount of fatty toppings, pizza is a wonderful dish. To make pizza even healthier, use whole grain flour and low salt cheese, and stay away from toppings such as bacon, pepperoni, sausages, etc.

The American Diabetes Association (www.americandiabetes.org) has a section on healthy eating under “What Can I Eat?” Check the website for more information on recipes.

Bottom line is this: Based on my personal experience, I eat almost any food that I like. The key to my managing my diabetes is portion control and moderation. I had great success with this approach and as a result, I am able to manage my glucose level, blood pressure and cholesterol successfully.