When you have diabetes, choosing the right foods might seem challenging. But when you're equipped with a meal plan and a bit of practice, it soon becomes second nature.
Your meal plan is your roadmap to healthful eating. Your Registered Dietitian or Certified Diabetes Educator will help develop the best meal plan for you. Here are some popular meal plans for diabetes:
- Carbohydrate Counting tells you the allowed amount of carbohydrates per meal and snack.
- The Exchange System tells you the number of food group servings per meal and snack.
- Calorie Counting tells you the number of calories to eat.
- The Plate Method helps you visualize what each meal should look like. One half of the plate should be filled with non-starchy vegetables, such as carrots or broccoli, one quarter of the plate should be filled with grains or starchy veggies, such as rice or potatoes, and the remaining quarter of the plate should be for lean meats or meat alternatives.
Whatever your plan, you can use some easy steps to fill in its framework with smart food choices. Here's how: