In addition to such obvious items as candies, pies, cakes, cookies, ice cream, and soft drinks, you should also limit your intake of most fruit juices (especially the ones found on your grocers’ shelves), processed foods, potatoes (especially in the form of chips & French fries), baked goods with wheat flour, and other processed grains.
If you are pre-diabetic, which is defined as having an HbAIC blood level of 5.7 to 6.0, then avoiding these items entirely can bring your A1C levels back into the normal non-diabetic range. (Note: The A1C test has multiple names including hemoglobin A1c, HbA1c, or glycohemoglobin test.)
Eat a diet that has as much organic whole-food ingredients as possible including plenty of vegetables. Consume foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as wild-caught salmon, avocados, extra-virgin olive oil, flaxseeds, coconut oil, and healthy nuts, seeds, roots, and mushrooms.
Organic grass-fed, free range, cage-free type beef and chicken are fine, as are organic pastured eggs. If possible, limit your dairy to butter or ghee and modest amounts of organic milk. Raw milk is better and raw goat’s milk is best of all.
Do not live a sedentary couch-potato lifestyle. Make sure that you get regular physical activity and be aware that belly fat is closely linked to diabetes.