Diet exchange

By lipsie Latest Reply 2009-07-21 23:09:54 -0500
Started 2009-03-20 08:28:21 -0500

Okay, I may sound silly but I am so not the cook, my fiance Ty is. I been reading his receipes lately..and some online, etc. Anyhow, probably a simple answer but when it comes to cooking nothing is simple, lol. What does Diet exchange mean on a chart…when you are at the end? Also, any other tips I might be able to use while reading these cuz I am checking them all out, may get brave and attempt to cook/make something w/ hopes to not burn down our apartment. lol Briefly, I use to cook, well was just starting BUT a ex decided to discourage me, throw food at me, scare me, so now I have this fear that I have to deal with. *sigh* Thanks everyone! Sheila

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Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-21 23:08:51 -0500 Report

Yeah, I am so glad that I stumbled onto this post!! It tells me in more detail about exchanges etc. I copied these posts and am adding them to my Diabetic folder for future use. I may make a booklet to carry with me to help me make wiser choices, since I have decided that I need to get serious about my food choices! Thanks to ALL!! PR

lipsie 2009-03-20 21:42:53 -0500 Report

Woah! Yeah, this will take some time. Maybe my doctor can hook me up w/ a nutritionalist or something. BUT, I think I got the ? I was asking for what I was looking at, I don't have that in front of me at the moment but I will check later and see if I can understand that now at least, lol. Thank you so much. What a lifesyle change. But it's for the best I know. Just wait until I tell/show Ty all of what you just wrote LOL! I can't wait for that. ha ha

lipsie 2009-03-20 15:29:50 -0500 Report

I appreciate you trying to help me here. For some reason I am still lost, lol. I am looking at this certain receipe, one side has the list of things saying Diet Exchange …only the meat has some marked whereas the rest has nothing, then in a box aside it all is the nutrition info…which has a list of things and various things are marked. What is the difference here? I am sorry to be a pain, just REAL curious to learn this stuff. And on Google I just got even more lost, lol Its been a long day, is that a good enough excuse? lol I sure hope cuz its all I got right now. Thanks. Sheila

2009-03-20 17:39:08 -0500 Report

Sheila, I'm sorry I'd have to see it to be able to figure it out for you.

I'll see if I can find some explanations for you


2009-03-20 17:43:27 -0500 Report

I hope this helps to explain things :)

How Does the Exchange System Work?

The first thing to do is to find the calorie level that is right for you. It should take into account your size, age, activity level, and whether you want to maintain or lose weight. Your calorie level will determine how many servings of each food group you should have each day; this is called your “pattern”. Each pattern will consist of a certain number of servings of each food
group. For example, an 1800 calorie pattern might contain 8 starches, 4 fruits, 3 milks, 6 meat/meat substitutes, 4 fats, and 3 vegetables. A dietitian can help you figure out your calorie level and your pattern.

Get to Know Portion Sizes

Once you know how many servings of each food group to have per day, it is important to know what the serving size is so you know how much to eat. One starch choice is one slice of bread, ½ English muffin, ¾ cup unsweetened ready to eat cereal, or 1/3 cup pasta. Starchy vegetables such as corn, peas, and potatoes are in the starch group, not the vegetable group, because of their high sugar content. Their serving sizes are ½ cup of corn or peas or 3 oz baked potato.

A serving of fruit varies, but common fruits are an apple (4 oz), banana (4 oz), and orange (6 1/2 oz). A serving of fruit juice is 1/3 to ½ cup depending on the type of fruit. A milk serving is generally 1 cup of milk or 6 oz of yogurt. A serving of nonstarchy vegetables is 1/2 cup cooked or 1 cup raw. A meat choice is 1 oz. So, if you have a 3 oz serving of chicken for dinner, this is 3 meat exchanges for the day. A serving of fat is 1 tsp of oil or margarine, 6 nuts, or 1 Tbsp of cream cheese. There are plenty of free foods to choose from, including fat free items and condiments.

Helpful Hints

The highest carbohydrate foods are starches, fruit, and milk. These will raise your blood sugar the fastest and the highest. Vegetables do have some carbohydrate, but if you get hungry beyond your daily exchanges, choose meat or vegetables as a snack. These will have the least effect on your blood sugar.

Try to watch the amount of fat you consume. Your pattern may include 3 or 4 fat exchanges for the day, but these do not take into account the fat in the meats and milk you choose. Choose low fat or fat free milk products and very lean or lean meats.

Try to eat the same amount of food at the same time each day. In addition, try not to skip meals or snacks. This will help keep your blood sugars in check.

2009-03-20 18:12:36 -0500 Report

Thank you Judy. I am having fits with this too. I really need to take some classes and hope to in April if my situation with my parents improve. A year ago, I never imagined I would have any need for this. I ate what I wanted and didn't think twice about it. This has been a wake up call. Not one that I like very much, but I guess things really do happen for a reason! Hugs friend, Angie

cyncyn 2009-03-20 22:08:40 -0500 Report

judy, you explained that perfectly. this is how the dietician explained it yo me. she also gave me a book that broke it down. each page had the exchanges on it.(example:starch page-bread, waffles, pancakes,pasta,etc.)they were the same carb, protein,calorie,etc. choose one from the list.a dietician would help her,without a doubt.

2009-03-20 10:55:06 -0500 Report

Sheila, the diet exchange information that you're seeing on packaging is the amount of carb servings that a serving of that product equals. If it says it's 2 carb servings it means it has approximately 30 grams of carbohydrate in a serving. One carb serving is approximately 15 grams. Does that make sense?

If you google Diet Exchange you will probably find some more in depth explanations of the exchange. It just is a different way of counting carbohydrates. Really not so different just worded differently. :)