Protein has little or no effect on your blood sugar, so every time you mix some protein into your meals (and subtract some carbs), you automatically lower the blood sugar impact of your meal. Protein also helps keep hunger at bay between meals, facilitating weight loss. That said, there’s no call to go overboard. Some doctors warn against consuming too much protein if you have diabetes because of the strain it puts on the kidneys (many people with diabetes are at high risk for kidney disease). And the saturated fat in red meat contributes to insulin resistance. The trick then, is to choose lean protein, and fortunately, that’s a relatively easy feat.
Head to the sushi station for a protein-packed prepared meal.