Living with Type II Diabetes: Nutrition and Diet

Charlee Felice By Charlee Felice, 14th Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Follow healthy tips to help with diabetes nutrition. Learn portioning.

American Diabetes Association

American Diabetes Association has great sources for assistance with diet, meal plans, and portioning. It has been a great aid throughout my years as a diabetic. There are certain things diabetics need to know. However, a physician, nurse, nutritionist, or this websites are the only sources that I trust. Many give advice, but not all are correct. The reason I am writing this article is to share some of the nutritional facts that are important for a diabetic’s diet. Shopping Healthy, learning portions, and understanding nutritional values are the main keys to a healthy and nutritious diet.

Shopping Healthy

This is the most important aspect in achieving good nutrition. The items we purchase will influence what we end up eating at home. Whenever I am going to the store, I make a list of the items that I would like to have at home. The list is realistic. If I know there is a recipe that sounds good, but I may not attempt it, then I skip it.

How to shop healthy

Plan a weekly menu

Make a list of recipes

Make a list of items

Shop after you eat

Avoid the temptation aisles

Stick to the list

Learn to Portion the food

There is a section on the ADA website called create your plate. It shows a plate divided into what portions should cover the plate.

The complete left half of the plate – Non-starchy vegetables

The right upper portion of the plate – Grains and starchy food

The right lower portion of the plate – Protein

Add a serving of fruit, dairy, and low-calorie drink.

My Food Advisor is a great tool to learn portioning, servings, get recipes, and check calories or carbohydrates for the different foods.

Nutritional Values

Although, most persons are under the impression that a diabetic should not eat sweets, that is not the case. The problem is that sweets have high contents of sugar, carbohydrates, and calories, but little or no nutritional value. A daily amount of calories should not be consumed all at once. They need to be divided throughout the day for better results and better glucose control.

Learning the nutritional value of the food we wish to consume will assist us in planning a balanced meal. By using My Food Advisor, you can enter a type of food, and it will provide you with calories, carbohydrates, cholesterol, vitamins, sugar content, protein content, and others.

As you begin your search for information, nutrition, sugar control, and regimen, keep in mind that Medical professionals are your best source of information. Because the American Diabetes Association is a medical professional organization dedicated to just diabetics, they are a great source of reliable information. They keep up with the latest information, and are available to help all of us that want to be properly informed.

***Note: Author does not have any affiliation to the Websites used as a source for this article.


Living With Diabetes, Nutrition, Nutritional Diet, Nutritious Food

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