Diabetic diet planner

By bellesme67 Latest Reply 2014-12-12 11:44:47 -0600
Started 2014-12-11 15:38:44 -0600

Does anyone know of any good diabetic diet planners? If this site has one i couldn't find it. Its something that would be really helpful to me as I begin my journey to controlling my newly diagnosed diabetes.

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GabbyPA 2014-12-12 06:26:36 -0600 Report

There are a combination of tools you can use to accomplish this. I am a paper hound and I like books, so I just use a spiral note book to plan things out. I did make up a weekly planner sheet that also gave me a space to put my shopping list for the recipes I chose. It helped me a lot, but I did just make it for myself.

There is a new website called www.fit2me.com and they have hundreds of recipes and you tell them the kind of foods you like to eat and they give you selections. Then you can go thought and plan your meals for the week there, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. They add up the calories and carbs for you so you can plan that way. I like it a lot. I just started and getting it set up takes a bit of effort, but once you have things going it should get easier. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-discussions/general/32317-fit-2-me

Then there are always food journals. Those help me with what REALLY went in my mouth. Sometimes we can plan, but things don't work out. So a journal can be helpful as well.

bellesme67 2014-12-11 21:43:22 -0600 Report

to clarify What i'm looking for is something i can use to plan my meals for the week or month. so i can count my carbs/fat/salt/calorie intake easier. is there a website or software that somewhere?

jayabee52 2014-12-11 22:39:48 -0600 Report

Howdy Belle
There is no easy way to do that. Otherwise there'd be an app for that. To make my meal plan I use a couple of resources. One you might like would be calorie king ~ http://www.calorieking.com/ or you could check out Spark People ~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/ If you really want to get "in the weeds" nutritionally, you could use Self nutrition data ~ http://nutritiondata.self.com/ What is unique about that site is you get a lot of information about what micronutrients is in a food.

So I pray that this helps you to do what you want to do. Unfortunately it is not something which can be automated.


Type1Lou 2014-12-11 18:55:47 -0600 Report

Although not a "planner", my advice would be to determine how many carbohydrates you are consuming per day. Carbohydrates are the primary cause of elevated blood sugar and by reducing them, most of us can get better BG results. Becoming CARB AWARE by reading the labels of all of the foods you buy and eat and getting a guide for those foods that aren't labeled is an essential first step IMHO. There is no one right answer for all of us as diabetes is not a one size fits all disease. So much depends upon our age, gender, metabolism, activity level, and insulin sensitivity. I find that I cannot consume more than 120 total grams of carb per day if I am to maintain control. Some can handle more and others need less.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-12-11 18:18:27 -0600 Report

I have never seen such a thing. I went to a registered dietitian who helped me plan meals. Thankfully, that person is my friend and neighbor who specializes in diabetic meal planning, so it was a breeze.

There really isn't a true diabetic diet. Everyones diet is different. I would try a visit to a dietitian to help with meal planning because you can actively participate in developing your own meal plan for you to follow.

jayabee52 2014-12-11 16:24:03 -0600 Report

Howdy Belle
I have been on DC for about 5 yrs or so. I have not seen anything like that on this site. In fact I am not exactly sure what you may be seeking. Could you describe what you seek so some of us may perhaps find something like the thing for what you look.

Praying for improving health for us all


Beca1 2014-12-11 15:44:22 -0600 Report

I am new on diabetic connect and would be interested in the same thing.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-12-11 18:20:27 -0600 Report

There isn't any such thing. Each persons diet is different and it is something your should work with a registered dietitian. That way you can actively have help developing meal plans for you to follow and can easily be changed as your needs change. Mine works perfectly for me.

Beca1 2014-12-12 05:24:41 -0600 Report

I just started going to a diabetic dietician we have not gotten this far yet. However, I did hear Fitness Pal now has something along this line for us to compile for ourselves gonna check this out n see if they do. thanks

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-12-12 06:37:18 -0600 Report

The day I was diagnosed, I asked my doctor how many carbs per meal I could have. With that information, I built a spread sheet to take to the dietitian. The woman was useless. She never read his notes to her and increased my calories. I refused to see her again. I contacted my neighbor, signed a release for her to talk to my doctor. I emailed her my spreadsheet with a list of my food allergies. She asked me a few questions and 24 hrs. She changed it as needed and my doctor was happy with the results. I don't mane anything harder than it has to be. I don't have time to run back and forth to a dietitian.
You and only you have to find a way to keep track of what you eat and the carbs you are eating. A food journal helps. I don't look for apps. If you lose a phone or your computer crashes you won't have that information until you get a new phone or computer. I don't do anything that others do. I do what works for me. I didn't make being diabetic the focus of my life. I have it, I can't change that so I live with it. Find what works for you and only you. You said Fitness Pal has something to use to compile for ourselves. I am not a part of the "we" or "ourselves" group for the simple reason that my diabetes is mine and mine alone. I don't rely on apps an programs. Developing my own course of action with the help of my medical team helped me lose weight, and lower my numbers. I no longer have to test everyday and with moderation I can eat what I want. My new doctor is proud of what I have accomplished on my own. I control my diabetes, it does not control me. I am so glad I am pass the point of worrying about everything I eat. I now have more time to spend on things I love to do. Made my life, healthier and happier.