This month’s topic considered how to reduce the amount of processed foods found in the diet. The group reviewed the diabetes benefits that can occur by following an eating pattern that is higher in plant-based options.
We started by discussing the health benefits seen in blood sugar, weight and heart health. Then we defined the components and how to gradually transition to a diet based more in plant sources and less in animal and processed foods. The need to eliminate meat was addressed an an optional component of this approach while emphasizing the environmental and health impacts of limiting its consumption.
We looked at some “healthier” option labels and learned that they may not provide fewer calories, salt or sugar as compared to traditional foods. A list comparing starchy, high fat foods with whole plant based options was provided to help attendees decide what to swap out on the food plate.
Dedham Health & Athletic Complex offers a monthly Diabetes Forum & Support Group meeting. It is held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10:00 – 11: 00 am in the Dedham Health Theater.
This is FREE and open to everyone in the community. Join us to learn and discuss topics related to prediabetes, diabetes and healthier lifestyle choices. The group is led by Cathy Mullooly, MS, CEP, CDE. Contact her at with any questions or for more information.
200 Providence Highway, Dedham, MA 02026 781-326-2900