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Five 60-second diabetes tricks (that you can do right now)

Diabetes can easily feel like it is taking over your life. If you aren’t already concerned about locating healthy foods, you are probably worried about monitoring your blood sugar, and keeping your insulin from spiking.

Try doing this the rest of your life as part of a daily schedule!

Luckily, it doesn’t have to be this way.

You can manage your diabetes with some quick tricks that take less than a minute each.

Grab a fiber-rich snack.

Regulate your blood sugar with a quick addition of fiber, which tells your liver to stop producing glucose. If you need some tasty ideas, carrot sticks, apples, and oatmeal are all delicious sources of fiber.

Swap in cauliflower.

With diabetes, you have to be careful about carbs. This may make you think that old favorites, like fried rice, are out of the question. They don’t have to be! Cauliflower is a great alternative! It has many of the same qualities as more the starchy alternatives. Use it as risotto, mash it up like potatoes, or roast them for a tasty treat.

Prep some snacks.

If you want to keep your blood sugar levels stable all day, even when you’re swamped, it’s important to be prepared. Pack up some simple snacks to have on hand all day – like hummus and veggies, blueberries, or air-popped popcorn. About 15 grams of carbohydrates is a good level to shoot for in your snacks.

Switch out salt.

Sodium is known to cause blood pressure spikes, which are bad for anyone, but especially dangerous if you’re diabetic. Use delicious sodium-free spices to add flavor to your meals, like cinnamon, basil, rosemary, and garlic. You may even discover that you like them better than boring old salt.

Grab some whole grains.

Where refined grains are rich in sugar, whole grains pack in fiber, potassium, and magnesium. They can even lower your risk of heart disease. Throw out the rice and try some delicious grains like bulgur and barley.