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What You Should Know About Your Food
Some of the best 'medicine' for controlling your diabetes comes right from your own kitchen. Food is the fuel that keeps your body working. The exercise you do, the medicine you take, your blood sugar levelall are affected by how and what you eat.
Don't give up your favorite foods. Just learn how much to eat, how often to eat, and how to prepare the foods you love to eat.
A meal plan should be something that works well for you. There are no forbidden foods for a person wtih diabetes. The old way of just cutting out foods with sugar has changed.
The foods that are healthy for you are the same foods that are healthy for people without diabetes.
A dietitian, who is an expert in nutrition, can help you make a plan that uses the foods you like. Ask your health care provider for a referral. Local diabetes education programs can help too. They are found in every area of Vermont.
What To Do
To get started:
Use the Diabetes Food Pyramid to help you eat better every day. Each of the food groups provides some, but not all, of the nutrients you need. For good health you need to eat a variety of foods from all food groups. Go easy on fats, sweets and alcohol, the foods in the small tip of the Pyramid. They add more calories than nutrition.
The main difference between the standard Food Guide Pyramid and the diabetes Food Pyramid is the movement of beans and starchy vegetables to the Bread, Cereal, Rice, and Pasta Group.
How many servings do you need each day from the Food Pyramid?
What is a Serving?
The table tells you the amount to count as one serving. You may want to measure your food from time to time to remind yourself of portion sizes.
Grains, Beans, & Starchy Vegetables
Meat, Poultry, Fish, Eggs, & Nuts
Milk and Yogurt
"I had a big bagel with cream cheese for breakfast the other day and could not believe what it did to my blood sugar, it was sky high all day. I didn't realize how much carbohydrate was in one bagel, almost as much as eating 5 pieces of toast!!!!! I need to watch my portions, maybe two pieces of toast would have been a better choice."
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This guide is not a substitute for the judgment of trained professionals.