Walnut and apple salad
By Dr. Bussell - July 11, 2017

Who’s ready to eat healthy?

Let’s not all raise our hands at once. The truth is eating healthy or maintaining a proper diet to help reduce nerve pain and limit additional health concerns can be challenging. But, this doesn’t mean the fun of eating our favorite foods and snacks has to go away all together.

If we adjust our meals and snacks slightly, we can enjoy the pleasures of eating healthy.

Here are a few tasty additions you may want to consider as you prepare your breakfast, lunch or afternoon snacks. Trust me when I say, they are the perfect topping to any meal.


Avocados are often referred to as the “Alligator Pear.” This unique, but delicious fruit is low in carbohydrates and sugar. In fact, avocados only have 17 grams of carbohydrates compared to 27 in a banana.  Add avocados to your salads or sandwiches to help reduce blood sugar.


The variety of beans to choose from is endless. Whether you’re interested in lentils, chickpeas or kidney beans, they are all an excellent source of protein. Beans are especially good for diabetic patients who need to reduce their cholesterol and improve blood glucose.

Did You Know?

Soybeans have 28.62 grams of protein, the highest among all beans.


Blueberries are a nutritious snack rich in fiber and Vitamin C. They are packed with antioxidants to help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Blueberries are great with cereal, yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies and of course, on their own as a delicious treat.

Kale & Spinach

You can’t go wrong with either! Kale and spinach are high in fiber and nutrients to support healthy digestion and reduce blood pressure. These super greens go well in smoothies, salads or as an afternoon snack. Have you tried kale chips? Eating three to five servings of vegetables a day can improve bone health and lower the risk of cancer.


More specifically — almonds. Almonds contain a high amount of magnesium, fiber and protein, all essential to lowering the risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Other nuts rich in fiber and perfect for an afternoon snack include, pistachios, walnuts and macadamias.

Remember, individuals living with diabetes are at risk of increasing blood sugar. It’s important to maintain a healthy diet, combined with routine exercise to support overall well-being.

You don’t have to sacrifice on taste to eat healthy!

Take the Next Step

If you’re suffering from nerve pain, our Neuropathic Therapy Center may be able to help using a breakthrough physical therapy treatment called Intraneural Facilitation or INF.™ For more information and to schedule an evaluation, call 909-558-6799 or request information online.

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