What You Need to Know About "The Diabetic Diet" Plan

The truth about the 'Diabetic Diet Plan' is that there is no single diabetic diet plan. In the first place, a diabetic 'diet' isn't really a 'diet' in the sense of a temporary restrictive eating program; it's a meal plan that is simply a way of life. It helps you strive for your perfect healthy balance.

Secondly, there's no one single way to approach it. Your way of eating should be customized so it works for you.

Portioning

One important element of keeping your diet in check is to pay attention to portions. The American Diabetes Association recommends the 'Plate Method', which is an easy way to keep track. Half of your plate should be filled with non-starchy vegetables, a quarter of the plate with protein (meat), and the remaining quarter is for carbohydrates (starchy vegetables). Outside of that you may include a small serving of fruit and dairy.

By keeping your portions balanced like this, you are guaranteed to keep a balance in your food intake without ever having to pull out a scale.

Counting

Diet plans that involve counting might be based on the glycemic index (GI) of the foods you are eating. The higher the GI, the more sugar or carbohydrates are found in that food. A lower GI food would mean less sugar or carbohydrates are in it.

Instead of counting the GI, you could count carbohydrates. Controlled carbohydrate diets have proven successful for diabetics, though you can consume more carbs if you're physically active.

To keep blood sugar levels stable, try to select mostly low GI or low carbohydrate foods, and strive for those with the most nutritional value. Keep a log of what you eat, and keep track of your blood glucose levels—ultimately, those numbers will tell you if you made a good choice or a bad choice.

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