When it comes to diabetes, meal planning is one of the most difficult aspects to manage. “Stay away from sugar,” “Lose some weight,” “Don’t eat fat,” “Eat smaller portions.” Sound familiar? Sure, it’s all good advice, but it can leave you confused and overwhelmed.
A registered dietitian (RD) can clear up your confusion, ease your fears and steer you in the right direction. An RD, especially one who has been trained as a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), can help you understand how food affects your diabetes and how to make dietary modifications that will increase your overall health and wellness.
It's also a good idea to see an RD for:
- A customized diabetes meal plan.
- Assistance with carbohydrate counting.
- Questions about food labels and basic nutrition principles.
- Recipe makeovers – making diabetes friendly meals at home.
- Assistance with strategies for eating on the run.
- Information on the relationship between medication, activity, and diet.
- Pros and Cons of herbal supplements and alternative diets.
To find an RD in your area visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (www.eatright.org) and click on Find a Nutrition Professional.
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