How to Make a Food Plan for Diabetes


Without thinking about it, you already have a food plan. Every­one does. It may not be as healthy as it could be, but it’s a plan. Most people who shop and cook for their families have a general idea of what they’re going to prepare for the next few days or for the week. You at least know you’re going to eat several meals a day, and you spend at least some time thinking about what you’re going to have for your next meal. Most adults know how to cook, if even in a very basic way. If you don’t know how, it’s a life skill worth learning—and a whole lot less expensive than eating in restaurants all the time.

There are a number of elements to consider in making a dia­betic food plan, all of them with a great deal of flexibility built in.

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First, you need to take a realistic look at your lifestyle. Do you travel a lot for business? Are you a workaholic who seldom eats at home? Are you a grazer who rarely sits down to a proper meal? Second, you will need to correlate what you eat with the medica­tions you are taking. For instance, when do they reach their peak action, and how often do you take the medication? Third, do you have any other medical conditions that affect your diet? And finally, what food restrictions do you live with, for example, are you a vegetarian? Do you keep kosher?

When you create a food plan for yourself, don’t think of it as a diet (even if it really is). That’s a depressing word that can con­jure up images of hunger, deprivation, and isolation. Try to think of it instead as simply one of the several lifestyle adjustments you are making to control your diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association Guidelines and exchange lists are very useful. You should become familiar with them as you create meal plans, and you might even want to pho­tocopy those pages and carry them in your purse or briefcase for when you go grocery shopping or eat in a restaurant.

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If none of these things works and you remain hyperglycemic, notify your physician, who will probably ask you to come into the office for more sophisticated blood tests, and in the meantime, may adjust the dosage of your oral hypoglycemic agent or insulin. Depending on the results of the blood tests, if you have not been taking insulin you mady have to begin.

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About the Author: Leona Kesler is a head-chef at a very popular food restaurant in New York. Also she is a blogger who shares her experiences, tips, and other informative details about food and cooking. Her recipes are featured on many magazines.

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