Question: I was recently diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes and was wondering how strict my diet really needs to be? Does every meal and snack need to be completely sugar and carb free?
Answer: The best thing to do if you have pre-diabetes is to eat small, frequent meals, make mostly healthy food choices, and step up your daily activity.
I actually encourage all of my patients with prediabetes, type 1 or type 2 diabetes to make sure they are having some carb everytime they eat. I have patients focus on total carbohydrate content at meals and snacks. Sugar is part of the total carb so it does not need to be taken into separate consideration - JUST FOCUS ON TOTAL CARBS. General guidelines for carbs are 45-60g per meal and 15-30g carb per snack. Individual needs may vary - it is recommended that you meet with a dietitian to figure out what amounts are best for you.
Is is nearly impossible to have a "sugar-free" diet as even many healthy foods contain natural sugars. Just try to stick with more healthy food choices like whole grains, fruits, veggies, low-fat dairy products, and lean protein choices. Save the unhealthy carbs like chips, snack foods, and sweets for special occasions.