Eating Well with Diabetes

One of the most common questions we are asked is what people with diabetes should eat. 

A helpful tool to use when building your meal is the Diabetes Plate Method. This method suggests that 50% of your plate consists of non-starchy vegetables, while the other half is 25% lean protein and 25% carbohydrates.

It’s important to stay educated about what food choices are best for those with diabetes. Food isn’t just about flavor, the food we eat can affect our mental health, weight, organ function, circulation, vitals, and more. 

Remember to pick whole, real foods like grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. These are foods you won’t usually find in the aisles of the food store. Real, whole food has no nutrition label. It’s also suggested to limit your intake of processed foods, animal fat, red meat, and whole dairy products. 

Here are three additional things to keep in mind when choosing what foods to eat to better control diabetes. 

  1. Eat fresh above-ground vegetables and dark leafy greens as much as you can.
  2. Prioritize protein, like lean meat, fish, eggs, chicken, and tofu. 
  3. Mindfully eat whole grains and starchy vegetables that provide sustainable energy.

Losing excess weight can dramatically impact your risk for diabetes and your A1C. If you struggle with nutrition and weight loss, call us: 702-9310.