5 tips for meal planning with type 2 diabetes
It takes all the tools in the dietary toolbox to live your healthiest life after a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. Watch and learn which food groups are essential, and how much of each you should eat, to stay feeling good while fighting the disease.
NARRATOR: Five foods for meal planning with type 2 diabetes. [MUSIC PLAYING]
A healthy diet is important to manage type 2 diabetes. Eating the right foods helps maintain consistent blood sugar levels that can help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
Here are five foods to incorporate while meal planning. Number one, non-starchy vegetables--
non-starchy vegetables include broccoli, beets, leafy greens, sweet peppers.
Frozen veggies are a good option. Fill one half of your plate with non-starchy vegetables.
Number two, protein-- try to eat more of the following proteins-- eggs, chicken, fatty fish like salmon, plant proteins
like beans and lentils. Try to limit red meat like beef and pork, and choose lean cuts.
Fill one fourth of your plate with protein. Number three, high-fiber carbohydrates--
high-fiber carbs include wholegrain bread, brown rice, quinoa, whole-grain pasta.
Avoid foods that contain sugar and white flour. Use these to fill the remaining one fourth of your plate.
Number four, fruit and dairy-- some meal plans may allow for servings of fruit or dairy with the meal.
Number five, healthy fats-- small amounts of healthy fats are important to nutrition.
Sources of healthy fats include olive oil, avocados, nuts, and seeds.
Remember, nutritional needs vary from person to person. Talk to your health care provider about your needs.
And consider working with a nutritionist or a dietitian to create a personalized meal plan.
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