Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease are autoimmune diseases that share a genetic background, leading to between 8-10 percent of people with diabetes suffering from celiac disease, too.
If you thought it was hard to maintain the low sugar and carbohydrate diet required for type 1 diabetics, imagine being unable to eat gluten as well. But you can and really, without a lot of trouble.
Processed foods and refined sugars promote massive swings in blood sugar for diabetics that can lead to serious health complications. Yet most dietitians will tell you that a diet high in sugars and carbohydrates can cause problems for even the healthiest among us.
No sugar and no gluten – you might wonder what is left to eat? Plenty, if you plan your meals right. Be sure to:
- Balance the amount of proteins, carbohydrates and healthy fats in your meals
- Eat whole fruits and vegetables to maximize vitamins and minerals
- Consume enough fiber, at least 25 grams a day, (hurray for gluten-free oatmeal!) to help maintain normal blood sugar levels
- Reduce the amount of sweets and sugar you eat
GlutenFreedomProject.com offers a menu planner that removes the guesswork and shows you how to create healthy, nutrient-dense meals. The menus are built around whole, unprocessed, low glycemic foods and contain balanced proportions of protein, fat, and carbohydrate, the foundation of any healthy diet, but particularly critical for a successful gluten-free/diabetic diet.
You can still have a gluten-free goodie like a cookie or pizza, just make sure they’re an occasional treat, not a daily staple.