1000 Calorie Diabetic Diet - Sample Menu and Guidelines

A 1000 calorie diabetic diet may not be for everyone, so it is important to consult with your doctor if you would like to make these or any changes to your diet.

Even after consulting with your doctor and getting the okay to begin following this 1000 calorie diabetic diet, you will want to keep constant track of your blood sugar level.

"Checking your blood sugar will help you learn how food, activity levels, stress, medicine and insulin affect your blood sugar level. This information will help you stay healthy and prevent or delay diabetic complications such as blindness and kidney failure."(1)

Guidelines for following a 1000 calorie diabetic diet

You do not have to feel deprived when following a 1000 calorie diet. In fact, by understanding a few key guidelines you can create satisfying and fun meals.

  1. Eat 4 to 6 small meals spread through out the day. This will help you regulate your blood sugar levels.
  2. Plan meals and snacks in advance to avoid mindless overeating.
  3. Work on one area of your diet at a time so you do not overwhelm yourself. Start by maintaining your calories and then build your healthy diet from there.
  4. Eat slowly and savor your food.
  5. Focus your food choices on lean meats, fish, poultry, beans, low-fat dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
  6. Limit food choices that are high in calories, saturated fats, salt and sugar.

A sample 1000 calorie diabetic diet menu

The guidelines help you plan your eating, but it can be helpful to see an actual menu that adds up to 1000 calories. Follow the sample 1000 calorie diabetic diet plan below or modify some of the food choices to better suit your needs.


160 calories – 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
80 calories – 1 medium size piece of fruit
0 calories – coffee, black

Total calories from breakfast = 240

Morning Snack

80 calories – one medium size piece of fruit

Total calories from morning snack = 80


140 calories – 3 ounces of turkey (white meat)
100 calories – large salad with tomato, onion, carrots, and celery
20 calories - 2 Tablespoons fat free salad dressing
0 calories – unsweetened ice tea

Total calories from lunch = 260

Afternoon Snack

85 calories – half an ounce of almonds

Total calories from afternoon snack = 85


185 calories – 4 ounces of chicken breast
75 calories – half cup brown rice
75 calories – medium size salad
10 calories – 1 Tablespoon fat free salad dressing
0 calories – diet soda

Total calories from dinner = 345

By following a 1000 calorie diabetic diet you will be more in control of your blood sugar levels, and under your doctor’s supervision you may be able to lose weight, which may further aid you in managing your diabetes. Talk with your doctor today to see if this diet plan is right for you.

(1) Family Doctor (2009). Diabetes: monitoring your blood sugar level. Retrieved from


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