What Can a Person with Type 2 Diabetes Have for Breakfast?
The answer to this question depends on where you are in the process of reversing your type 2 diabetes.
Barton Publishing offers a three-phase plan called the Diabetes Solution Kit. This kit is designed to help you reverse type 2 diabetes. You can do this primarily through diet, accompanied by physical activity and natural supplements.
Let’s start with those who are just beginning Phase One of our plan. In this phase, we recommend drastically reducing your carbohydrate intake to 20 grams of low glycemic carbs per day. This is a short-term phase with the goal of jump-starting your reversal.
The cells of someone with type 2 diabetes are loaded with sugar rendering them insulin resistant. By dramatically reducing your carb intake for a few weeks, you will purge your cells of sugar. This enables them to receive sugar from your bloodstream again. This will lower your blood sugar levels and set you on the path to normal levels.
Phase One Diabetes Breakfast
In Phase One, you’ll want to limit your carbs at breakfast to roughly 4-5 grams. Some of the best breakfast food options for low carbs include:
- Breakfast sausage
- And a wide variety of low-carb vegetables
Adding any combination of tomatoes, greens, basil, onions, mushrooms, and peppers to your eggs can create a delicious omelet or breakfast medley that is low in carbs and high in protein and nutritional value.
One huge tip in Phase One is to avoid any and all sweetened drinks! Coffee or teas are fine, but without any kind of sweetener. Artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes—even though some claim no carbs and no calories—do impact your blood sugar significantly. The same goes for any kind of juice during this first phase.
You’ll know when your cells have been purged of sugar by testing your fasting blood glucose level and obtaining normal readings of 99 mg/dl or less. We recommend that you engage in this program under the supervision of your doctor. If you are already on type 2 diabetes medications, your doctor will most likely take you off your meds once you reach normal blood sugar levels.
Phase Two Diabetes Breakfast
In Phase Two of our program, you begin adding back many of your favorite carbs into your diet. Do this while continuing to monitor blood sugar levels to ensure maintaining normal readings. In particular, the fasting blood sugar level is most important.
In this second phase, breakfast options include everything listed in Phase One, plus additional tasty delights. In Phase Two, try introducing the following.
- Cereals based on oats, barley and bran. You really have to be careful with cereals because the more processed they are, the more sugar they usually contain.
- Breads with whole grains, stone-ground flour, or sourdough. For breakfast, this opens up choices like toast, and whole grain bagels and English muffins.
- Fruits and vegetables that you might normally eat for breakfast. Grapefruit, oranges, and all types of berries are especially good.
A few healthy breakfast examples include:
- Unsweetened yogurt mixed with your favorite berries
- Cottage cheese with peach slices
- A whole grain English muffin with peanut butter and unsweetened jam
Juices and other sweetened drinks will often be a person’s downfall. If you watch everything else but drink sweetened beverages, those sugars alone may prevent your diabetes reversal and spike your blood sugar levels.
Every person is unique—not only in our likes and dislikes, but also in how various carbs impact our blood sugar. Get to know your body’s reaction to all the various carbs. Create a broad and varied list of all the foods that you can eat and focus on these. (This list of the worst fruits for those with type 2 diabetes will help you get started.)