Diabetes and Healthy Eating
Healthy eating is the basic ingredient to a healthy life. Eating the right foods in the right amounts will help guide your glucose levels in the right direction and provide you with energy.
Eat a variety of foods each day. Choose high fiber foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables and try to minimize salty foods.
Choose fried foods or high fat foods less often and don’t add any additional fat to your food. Avoid trans fats completely and minimize your intake of saturated fats (solid fats.) Try to choose healthier fats (liquid fats) such as olive or canola oil.
Be careful with portion sizes. A 9-inch plate is a good size for a meal. One half should be filled with non-starchy vegetables. One quarter of the plate should contain some type of protein and the last quarter should contain some type of starch. An additional piece of fruit with a glass of milk or light yogurt would complete the meal.
Your daily diet should consist of 6-11 servings of breads, grains and starchy vegetables, 3-5 servings of non-starchy vegetables, 2-4 servings of fruit, 2-3 servings of milk or yogurt, 4-7 servings of meat, cheese or beans, and 2-8 servings of fat., based on age, weight and level of physical activity.
Frequent, small meals with an evening snack is the best choice when trying to control your blood glucose.
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