Essential part of managing diabetes is meal planning. Eating small, evenly timed, complete meals is important to help maintain blood sugar levels. Eating well is key to taking control of your diabetes and avoiding any diabetes-related complications. Start with these guidelines:
- Eat 3 balanced meals a day
- Do not skip meals
- Eat a variety of foods
- Eat meals 4 to 5 hours apart
- Make sure to eat enough fiber
- Avoid high-sugar foods
- Avoid high-sugar drinks
- Watch your portion sizes
Make sure that at each meal you portion Protein, Fat and Carbohydrates. Starches are the same as carbohydrates, your body needs carbohydrates, but you need to choose wisely.
Whole grains, such as brown rice, oatmeal, baked sweet potato or any items with whole grains and not (or very little) added sugar.
Load up on fresh veggies, raw, steamed, roasted, or grilled. Plain frozen vegetables lightly steamed.
Fruits are a good source of carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fiber. Fresh fruit, plain frozen fruit or canned fruit without added sugar. Sugar-free or low-sugar jam or preserves.
Protein includes beef, chicken, fish, port, turkey, seafood, beans, cheese, eggs, nuts and tofu.
Eating foods that are high in fiber, such as oats, wheat, whole grains, brown rice, soybeans and peas are some examples of good foods to eat. Also included are beans, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products. Eat 3 balanced meals a day