Learn the top five food tips that our doctors and dietitians teach at the Pritikin Longevity Center. They just may change your life. You'll learn about foods that are not only tasting and filling, they may also get your diabetes under control, for good.
1. Fill each plate of food you eat with low-calorie-dense, fiber-rich choices like vegetables, beans, and fruit, and you will lose weight.
Weight loss is your #1 goal. Even a 5% reduction in weight can change the way your body uses its own insulin and responds to the foods you eat. So, if weight loss is your goal, vegetables, beans, and fruits are the foods that are best going to help you reach that goal. Choosing these low-calorie-dense, fiber-rich foods more often will help keep hunger at bay with a lower caloric cost, and they'll help you lose weight without having to count calories.
2. Eat fruit, just not by itself.
Our Pritikin doctors and dietitians want you to eat fruit (remember, fruits are low-calorie, nutrient-rich foods that will help you lose weight). Our only recommendation is that you combine your fruit with something else. For example, in the morning add some berries to your oatmeal. In the afternoon, pair a piece of fruit with a cup of bean soup or veggie sticks. After dinner, make fruit your dessert. These "extra" foods add extra fiber, which can help stabilize blood sugar after a meal. (You may have heard this same advice regarding protein, but fiber works better for weight control. Fiber also lowers your cholesterol levels, while most high-protein foods increase cholesterol levels due to their saturated fat and cholesterol content.)