1800 Calorie Diabetic Diet Plan - Sample Menu and Guidelines

An 1800 calorie diabetic diet plan can help you control your blood sugar levels and manage your weight, both of these factors are essential to your overall health and well being.

"What you eat is closely connected to the amount of sugar in your blood. The right food choices will help you control your blood sugar level"(1) Below you will find guidelines and an 1800 calorie diabetic diet sample that will make eating enjoyable and healthy.

Guidelines for following an 1800 calorie diabetic diet plan

There is no denying that diabetes and food go hand-in-hand. Your food choices and how you handle meals during the day can have a great impact on your blood sugar. Here are some guidelines to help you follow an 1800 calorie diabetic diet plan and feel great.

  1. Aim to eat smaller meals throughout the day. 4 to 6 small meals help you control your blood sugar.
  2. Plan your meals and snacks for tomorrow so you always have what you need.
  3. Don’t "over think" your diet. Start with making sure you are eating 1800 calories and then build your healthy diet over time.
  4. Slow down and enjoy your food. You will find that you naturally eat less and appreciate the taste of food more.
  5. The best choices will be foods in their "whole" or natural form. Look for whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, lean meats, fish, poultry and low-fat dairy items.
  6. Enjoy foods that contain saturated fats and sugar in moderation.

A sample 1800 calorie diabetic diet plan

Below you will find a 1800 calorie diabetic diet plan that you can follow to help you clearly see what a health eating plan looks like. You may choose to use this diet plan "as is" or make equivalent substitutions to suit your taste.

Breakfast

240 calories - 2 cups whole grain cereal
90 calories – 1 cup non-fat milk
80 calories – 1 medium size piece of fruit
0 calories – coffee, black

Total calories from breakfast = 410

Morning Snack

80 calories – half cup cottage cheese
80 calories – one medium size piece of fruit

Total calories from morning snack = 160

Lunch

180 calories – 2 slices whole wheat bread
20 calories – 1 Tablespoon light mayo
140 calories – 3 ounces chicken breast
50 calories – small side salad
10 calories – 1 Tablespoon fat free salad dressing
0 calories – unsweetened ice tea

Total calories from lunch = 400

Afternoon Snack

170 calories – 1 ounce almonds
100 calories – 1 ounce string cheese

Total calories from afternoon snack = 270

Dinner

185 calories – 4 ounces of turkey breast
150 calories – 1 cup brown rice
50 calories – 2 cups broccoli
50 calories – small side salad
10 calories – 1 Tablespoon fat free salad dressing
0 calories – diet soda
120 calories – ½ cup frozen yogurt

Total calories from dinner = 565

This sample 1800 calorie diabetic diet plan provides you with a great roadmap but remember that your condition and body are unique so you will want to consult with your doctor before starting this, or any diet plan.

(1) Family Doctor (2009). Diabetes and Nutrition. Retrieved from http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/common/diabetes/living/349.html

 

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