Diabetic Diet Chart – Planning Food Choices and Amounts

Using a diabetic diet chart can help you plan ahead and manage your blood sugar levels with greater ease. As you well know, what you eat, how much you eat and when you eat are all important considerations in the proper management of diabetes mellitus.

The diabetic diet has gone through many changes over the years but today most diabetes dietitians "are likely to recommend a typical healthy diet: one high in fiber, with a variety of fruit and vegetables, and low in both sugar and fat, especially saturated fat" (1).

Following a diabetic diet chart is not a way to limit your food choices; in fact, having diabetes does not mean you must eat differently than other members of your family.

If anything a diabetic diet will help you plan healthy, nutritious meals that provide enough variety to prevent boredom.

Diabetic diet chart – planning your food choices

A good place for you to start charting your food intake is with your meals. You will want to keep track of the following factors:

  1. Plan your meal and snack times to establish a routine.
  2. Choose whole grains and whole foods such as whole pieces of fruit over more refined foods or juices.
  3. Watch your serving sizes. Read labels to become familiar with what a serving size looks like.
  4. Use diabetic diet exchanges to trade for foods that fit your taste yet have similar effects on your blood sugar.
  5. Keep track of your calorie and carbohydrate intake for the day.

Diabetic diet chart – nutrient amounts

When creating your diabetic diet you will want to aim for the following nutrient breakdown:

  • Carbohydrates should make up 45 to 65% of your daily calories
  • Proteins should make up 15 to 20% of your daily calories
  • Fats should make up 20 to 35% of your daily calories

You may want to consider consulting with a registered diabetic dietician who can help you create your diabetic diet chart and give you helpful advice on changing your eating habits so you can avoid overeating and lose weight if necessary.

A healthy diabetic diet stays consistent from day to day while still providing some variety. When you keep your eating similar day to day you find it easier to control your blood sugar and meet your nutritional goals.

(1) Wikipedia (2010). Diabetic diet. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diabetic_diet

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