Embracing Aloha: Your Guide to Diabetes-Friendly Foods in Hawaii
Written by Dr. Neel Chauhan, MBBS & Cloudwell Health Co-Founder
Aloha, dear patients and friends! It’s Dr. Neel Chauhan here, reaching out from the beautiful islands of Hawaii to share some mana’o (wisdom) with you on your health journey. Here at Cloudwell Health, we understand that managing diabetes is more than just routine check-ups; it’s about embracing a lifestyle that harmonizes with your well-being, much like the harmonious nature of our islands.
Why Foods Matter for Diabetics in Hawaii Living in Hawaii
We’re surrounded by an abundance of natural beauty and resources, and this extends to our available food choices as well. For our ‘ohana (family) navigating through diabetes, the food you consume plays a critical role in balancing your blood sugar levels and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. But worry not, this doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the flavors of our islands!
Green Leafy Vegetables – The Gems of Our Gardens
Our local markets are a green sea of leafy vegetables – from the hearty spinach to the robust kale, and let’s not forget the ever-versatile cabbage! Incorporating these nutrient-rich, low-glycemic index veggies into your meals is not just a healthy choice but also a testament to the bountiful land we live on.
Ulu & Sweet Potatoes – The Island’s Bounty
Ulu (breadfruit) and sweet potatoes are staples in many traditional Hawaiian dishes, and guess what? They’re excellent for those monitoring their blood sugar levels! With a lower glycemic index compared to their white potato cousins, they’re a flavorful addition to your diabetes-friendly diet.
Citrus Fruits – Nature’s Sweet Treat
Hawaii’s citrus, including juicy oranges and tangy limes, are not just refreshing. They’re packed with vitamins and have anti-diabetic properties, thanks to their fibrous nature, helping to slow down sugar absorption into the bloodstream.
Avocados – Hawaii’s Creamy Delight
Our local avocados are a treat to be celebrated! They’re not just heart-healthy; their low carbohydrate and high fiber content make them a fantastic option for maintaining stable blood sugar levels.
Beans and Lentils – Nutritional Powerhouses
Beans and lentils, often featured in our local cuisine, are protein and fiber dynamos. They’re champions in keeping you full, providing sustained energy, and aiding in blood sugar regulation
Berries – A Taste of Paradise
Nothing quite compares to the taste of fresh, local berries! Low in sugar yet high in antioxidants and fiber, they’re ideal for satisfying your sweet tooth without compromising your sugar levels.
In the spirit of ‘ohana, we at Cloudwell Health are committed to guiding you through your health journey with empathy, expertise, and the warmth of Aloha. We’re more than just a telehealth service; we’re a part of your community, dedicated to your well-being, drawing from the wisdom of our land and our people. So, let’s walk this path of health together, embracing the bounty of our islands for a healthier, happier you!
Mahalo nui loa, Dr. Neel Chauhan