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Diabetic Meal Planning

A meal plan is your guide that will help to decide when, what and how much to eat to get the nutrition you need while keeping your blood sugar levels in your target range. A good meal plan will consider your goals, tastes and lifestyle and alsoany medicinesthat you are taking.A good meal plan should:

Counting carbs: Keeping track of how many carbs you eat and setting a limit for each meal can help keep your blood sugar levels in your target range. Consult your doctor or a registered dietitian to find out how many carbs you can eat each day and at each meal.

Plate method: The plate method is a simple visual way to make sure you get enough nonstarchy vegetables and lean protein while limiting the amount of higher-carb foods. Consider a 9-inch dinner plate.

Portion size: Portion size and serving size aren’t always the same. A portion is the amount of food you choose to eat at one time, while a serving is a specific amount of food, such as one slice of bread or a cup of milk. Here is a handy guide to estimate portion size at your fingertips:

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  1. Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/managing/eat-well/meal-plan-method.html. Accessed on November 10, 2021.