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People with diabetes should follow the same general guidelines as everyone else. Eating the right kinds of foods in the right amounts can help you to control your diabetes. One way to ensure a healthy meal is the plate method. You can use this method by:
For breakfast, fill two-quarters of the plate but not the other half. For lunch and dinner, fill the entire plate.
Eat three well-balanced meals per day. Meal times should be four to six hours apart. Try to avoid eating between meals unless a snack is included in your meal plan. DO NOT SKIP MEALS. Eating the same amount of food at the same time every day will prevent your blood glucose from going too high or too low.
Use the following guidelines to make the food label more meaningful:
The goal of nutrition therapy in diabetes is to achieve or maintain a healthy body weight based on Body Mass Index (BMI), to get blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible, and to attain optimal lipid (fat) levels in the blood. You should know your body mass index (BMI), which should be equal to or less than 25. Your doctor or dietitian can help you calculate your BMI.
|86 grams (3 ounces) of meat||= Deck of cards|
|A medium apple or peach||= Tennis ball|
|9 grams (1 ounce) of cheese||= 4 stacked dice|
|118 g (½ cup ) of ice cream||= Tennis ball|
|236 grams (1 cup) of broccoli||= Your fist|
|1 teaspoon of butter or peanut butter||= Your thumb|
|9 grams (1 ounce) of nuts or small candies||= One handful|
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