Diabetes Meal Plan and a Healthy Diet
According to the American Diabetes Association, a diabetes meal plan is merely a guide that tells you how much and what types of foods that are best for you to eat at meals and snack times. Some common meal planning tools are the plate method, carb counting and the glycemic index. By picking the meal plan that best fits with your schedule and eating habits, you can improve your blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol. Remember pick the plan that best works for you. Your meal plan is similar to an exercise plan, the right one can greatly improve your health and help you to manage your weight but you have to pick one that you can stick with in order for it to be effective.
If this task seems too daunting to take on by yourself then talk to your doctor or dietitian about developing a customized meal plan that works for you. If you plan on starting by yourself then let's first examine what a healthy diet consists of:
- Vegetables: broccoli, asparagus, green beans
- Whole grains: barley, buckwheat, rye, wild rice, wheat
- Fruits: apples, bananas, strawberries
- Non-fat dairy products: non-fat milk, non-fat Greek yogurt
- Beans: black beans, black-eyed peas, chickpeas
- Lean Meats: cuts that include the words round like top round, bottom round, tenderloin and top loin
- Poultry: Chicken, turkey
- Fish: Tilapia, catfish, Mahi Mahi
All of these are just examples of each food group essential to a healthy diet. There is no perfect food so do not focus too much on one of the above food groups. Pick foods that you enjoy, healthy eating does not mean bad tasting food. Try to avoid foods that are processed. And remember everyone benefits from healthy eating so get the whole family on board!