Nutrition is an important part of managing diabetes. Make meal planning easier by following these simple tips.
What can I eat when I have diabetes?
Healthy eating with diabetes means choosing a variety of foods in proper portions. There are three types of major nutrients:
Carbohydrates provide energy and vital nutrients, and raise blood glucose. When carbohydrates are broken down, they turn into sugar – usually the best form of energy for your body. This is why:
Carbohydrates will also raise your blood sugar levels. Choose:
Protein builds new cells and tissues. Choose:
Fat carries vitamins and provides fuel. Choose:
How can I make my meals healthier?
To see if your meal plan is working for you, use Bayer’s CONTOUR® meter. With its pre and post meal markers, you can label your readings before and after your meals and adjust your insulin if needed. Check with your physician if insulin (or any medication) needs to be adjusted.
Where can I get more information?
To find nutrition information for almost any food you can think of, go to the nutrition guide. It’s an easy way to stay informed about the food choices you make.
“Try making healthy foods tastier by seasoning your food with herbs and spices. My favorites are garlic, basil, celery, and lime juice.” -- Martha Weintraub, MPH, MSW, RD
Knowing how to make good food choices - now that’s a Simple Win!
Article written by: MARTHA WEINTRAUB, MPH, MSW, RD, FIT4D NUTRITION COACH
Reference: American Diabetes Association
Nutrition Guide: Complete nutritional information for almost any food.