Some people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes or people who have been told that they are prediabetes may be searching for a “diabetic diet.” Unfortunately, this is an exercise in futility. In short, there is no such thing as a diabetic diet, but healthy eating is a different story.
Firstly, let us examine why many believe there is a “special” diabetic diet. Quite simply, it is comforting to think there's an all-purpose cure to all of our problems. It may be out there or it may not but regardless, what matters is to hope. When you hope there is a solution and you promise yourself to act on it when you find it, you trick yourself into believing you are taking action and making progress.
The truth, of course, is you would be no better off than where you started.
The reason why there is no such thing is, if there were, what would be on this diet? Many are quick to claim carbohydrates are to blame, so they should be reduced or eliminated. While cutting a Type 2 diabetic's carb intake is a valid point, eliminating carbohydrates altogether is not. Why? Because carbs are essential. And often all that is required is moderation.
What foods would Type 2 diabetics be “allowed” to eat on this plan? There is no such thing as a diabetic-friendly food. Rather, you are limited to choosing between what is typically healthy for you in sensible portions and what is unhealthy, regardless of proportion size. A proper balance is crucial no matter what diet a person with Type 2 diabetes picks.
Also, why voluntarily restrict yourself from eating so many foods? In most cases, what needs to be changed are your eating behaviors. While it is wise to eat fruits and vegetables over chips and white bread, there is no evidence suggesting whole grain bread can not be included. What does not work efficiently for blood sugar and weight control is overeating.
If you are chasing the idea of a diabetic diet, you are better off adjusting your opinion in a way that will absolutely benefit you. Which means you should correct any poor habits you may have. Better food choices and control, yes. Severe limitation on what you can and can not eat, not so much.
Beside, a significant component of treating high blood sugar also involves physical activity and weight loss. So, in any case, you should not narrow your focus on your eating plan.