How can I improve my A1C level?

One of the key ways to improve your A1C is to enjoy lower carb food choices. If you don't like what you're eating, chances are, you will eventually be tempted to binge on carb-rich foods.

Here are a few suggestions on how to improve your blood sugar and lower your A1C:
  • Keep a food journal. By recording what you eat, how much you are eating, and when you eat, you'll be better able to figure out how you can improve your nutrition plan. There are also a number of free apps that are useful for tracking your food and carb intake for the day.
  • Plan your meals and snacks in advance. By having an idea of what you are going to eat most days, you can manage your carb intake. Try to space your carbs throughout the day.
  • Include protein at meals and snacks. Protein rich foods include fish, eggs, chicken, turkey and cheese. Instead of snacking on carb-laden cookies that will raise your blood sugar, try rolling up some turkey and cheese with a splash of salsa. Or have a Greek Yogurt with sliced almonds or crushed walnuts. You can also try dipping your veggies in fresh hummus or make a tuna/avocado roll-up for lunch.
  • Increase your fiber intake. Eating more veggies will allow you to increase your fiber intake and not significantly expand your calorie budget.
  • Buy yourself a new spice rack. Add cinnamon, garlic, onion, oregano and any other spice or herb that you enjoy to your food. Spicing up your meals will make food much more enjoyable.

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