With Diabetes, What, When, and How much you eat can all make a difference

With Diabetes, What, When, and How much you eat can all make a difference 

With Diabetes, What, When, and How much you eat can all make a difference
With Diabetes, What, When, and How much you eat can all make a difference
With Diabetes, What, When, and How much you eat can all make a difference

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Having diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t continue to enjoy your favorite foods. With some basic information and a little bit of planning, you can manage diabetes without too much interruption to your daily life.

What and how much can I eat?

A general rule is to fill half your plate with non-starchy vegetables, a quarter of carbohydrate foods, and a quarter with protein foods. Add water or a low-calorie drink. The amount of food you need from each food group depends on your age and the amount of physical activity you get. Work with your health care provider to identify a plan that works for you.

 

Do Some Foods Impact My Blood Sugar More Than Others? 

Carbohydrates, or carbs, provide energy to fuel your brain and body. Carbs impact your blood glucose (sugar) the most compared to fat and protein. When people eat food containing carbs, the digestive system breaks down the digestible carbs into sugar and releases it into the bloodstream. This can lead to a faster rise in blood sugar than other foods. So, it’s important to monitor the types of carbs and the portion sizes you consume. 

Examples of Foods That May Cause Blood Sugar to Spike

Foods made with refined flours (bread, pasta, cereals) or added sugars (muffins, cakes, cookies, soda, fruit juice) can cause blood sugar to spike. Chips, white potatoes, and white rice also can cause blood sugar spikes. 

Examples of Foods Less Likely to Cause Blood Sugar to Spike 

Non-starchy, fiber-rich vegetables, beans, sweet potatoes, and whole fruits are less likely to cause your blood sugar to spike. Foods made with whole grains (whole grain or 100% whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta) also are less likely to cause blood sugar spikes. 

When should I eat? 

Think ahead and time your meals appropriately with your medications and blood sugar testing. Portion control and limiting snacks are important. Start your day off right by eating breakfast. Healthy snacks between meals can help keep blood sugar at a normal level. Never skip meals! 

What is a serving size vs. portion size?

Portion size and serving size are not always the same thing. A portion is the amount of food you choose to eat at one time, while a serving is the specific amount of food listed on a food label to help describe nutrition information. Studies show that people tend to eat more when served large portions at a meal. Getting a good grasp of portion sizes enables you to choose how much you want to eat, which will impact your blood sugar. 

To help determine your nutrition needs, ask your healthcare provider and use serving sizes on food labels to help you decide what portions are appropriate. For help measuring and tracking portions, try an app with features for portion estimation.

Everyday examples to help you determine portion sizes

For example, if you need 3 oz of meat, you can imagine 3 packs of dental floss sitting side by side on your plate. This visualization will help you put portion sizes into practice!

1 cup cooked pasta = 1 baseball  ½ cup fruits or veggies = ½ baseball  1 ounce lean meat = 1 pack of dental floss  1 ounce cheese = 3 dice 

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