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Choosing Cereal When You Have Diabetes

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Early in the morning I had a habit of eating a bowl of cereal or a whole grain waffle. Sometimes for lunch or for dinner I ate cereal. It is such an easy meal and it is always available. And I got lazy cooking, especially sometimes for just me. A few years ago before I got into my heart problems I ate cereal constantly. I got addicted to cereal so much so that I had to have at least 10 different varieties of cereal boxes in my kitchen cabinet at all times. They included personal favorites like Honey Bunches of Oats, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Special K, Froot Loops, Apple Jacks, Frosted Flakes, and Fruity Pebbles.

As a diabetic, I was ignorant about the nutritional values of these cereals and how they affected me for so long. Sometimes I would eat all three meals with a different kind of cereal. I thought I was on a diet and watching what I was eating by eating limited portions of cereals. Little did I realize the sugars and carbs were eating my system up.

Not all cereals are bad. During the past several years the cereal market has seen tremendous improvements with taste, nutritional facts, and additives among other qualities of healthy cereals. Most people watch what they eat. Most mothers are aware of the kinds of nutrition they are providing for their children, especially for breakfast. Still, there are plenty of children who either eat no breakfast or eat at least two bowls of breakfast cereal in the mornings. My children, even though they are in their twenties and thirties, still reach out for a bowl of cereal for a midnight snack. Cereal, like any American fast food, has made its way into our lives and turned as a tradition by itself.

Even now I indulge myself with cereals when I feel like it. But I don't always crave them like before. I take it like medicine--a couple of spoons full instead of a huge bowl or a medium sized bowl with maybe a quarter glass of non fat milk. I do not eat cereal at night time since it raises my blood sugar very high. I indulge myself mostly with high fiber, low sugar cereal when I have low blood sugar. I do not entertain myself with super sugary cereals anymore.

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