Meal Planning

By hewett557 Latest Reply 2015-02-28 04:47:09 -0600
Started 2015-01-30 22:23:12 -0600

How should i portion out my plate for breakfast, lunch, and supper? I have seen so many different ways to do it an none of them seem to work for me or I'm doing it wrong. So i figured i would ask for some advice on what to do.

11 replies

lilleyheidi 2015-02-01 01:29:23 -0600 Report

There is a "plating" method that some dietician's use for showing how a person with diabetes should eat, but that is not how a lot of us here on DC eat. A good percentage of us here count our carbohydrate grams. We try to figure out by keeping a food journal how many carbs we are currently eating and cut back on them. There are some guidelines as to how many carbs you should eat per day, you can get that info from your doctor or a dietician. You'll find a good book like CalorieKing (or use their website ) very helpful, it includes a wide variety of foods including restauraunt foods. We are also here to help if you have any more questions. Best of health. Heidi

Pegsy 2015-01-31 10:27:06 -0600 Report

It really is different for each person. What works for me is to have protein at every meal or snack and I don't limit the amount of protein I consume. I eat all the veggies I want too with the exception of starchy ones such as carrots, peas, corn, tomatoes, beets, etc. I personally limit starchy carbs to 1 serving per meal or snack. Even then, I limit which type of starch that is. I do not eat pasta and I don't eat rice or potatoes more than twice a week. I eat only 100% whole grain bread and not more than once per day. I limit fruit to no more than 2 servings per day. This is what works for me. You need to experiment with food choices and test often to see how your body reacts to the foods you eat. It also depends on whether or not you are on medication or use insulin. I hope this helps you, at least a little.

Type1Lou 2015-01-31 10:14:04 -0600 Report

I'm not really certain what you mean by "portion out". My advice to any diabetic is to become "carbohydrate aware" as carbs are the main factor in causing your BG (blood glucose) to rise. First, determine how many carbs you are currently consuming per day. Keep a log of this. If your BG's need improvement and/or you need to lose weight, cut back on the carbs you are eating. For me, my daily limit is 120 total grams of carbohydrate and I break that up as 30 for breakfast and 45 each for lunch and dinner. Read all of the food labels for serving size and carbohydrate content. Don't "buy into" the "Net carb" promos but tally total carbs. For foods without labels, get a carb guide like "Calorie King". "Sugar-free" foods are not free foods and many contain as many carbs as the regular versions. Many low-fat versions of foods actually have more carbs than the regular versions. For me, carbohydrate awareness and control is the key.

hewett557 2015-01-31 11:51:28 -0600 Report

What I mean is how to portion your food out on your plate? They have a lot of diagrams showing how big of a section you should have of starchy foods etc.
May i ask what is Calorie King? I see everyone saying Calorie King an I don't even know what it is. I have a carb counting book and a app where i can scan the bar code of an item in a store to find out how much i can have and how many carbs it contains per serving.

Type1Lou 2015-02-01 17:18:31 -0600 Report

Personally, I would eliminate most starchy foods from my plate entirely…they have too many carbohydrates. I eat a lot of low-glycemic veggies and many times, my dinner is a salad. I don't concern myself with portion size but rather with the carbohydrate content of what I put onto my plate. I note that James already responded to your question about "Calorie King"…sorry I didn't make it clear that it was a book or an app.

jayabee52 2015-01-31 17:01:03 -0600 Report

Howdy Hewett
Calorie King is a book which may be found in many bookstores or it may be found online here ~

i have a plate set up for portions which I got at a diabetes support group here in Las Vegas.

I really don't use it as I manage my diabetes stricliy through a high protein and low carb meal plan (I am T 2). You ask "how big of a section you should have of starchy foods ". For me starchy foods are not in my meal plan at all. I have stopped eating all grain products as well as starchy vegetables like potatoes, corn, peas, (cooked) carrots, ect. I believe it could help you reduce your need for insulin (but not eliminate it, however)

For about 4 yrs I was injecting myself with NPH insulin, until I discovered quite by accident that I could manage my BG levels without insulin by eating very carefully. I've been on that plan now since 02/2011.

I have written up that meal plan and will share the link to it upon request

God's best to you


BreC 2015-02-01 17:42:10 -0600 Report

I followed the link and started to join the site and saw the $49.00 fee and stopped quickly. I can wait till I find the book around here. I don't make online purchases unless it is a have to thing.

Fefe12 2015-02-28 04:47:09 -0600 Report

Is someone asking $49 for that little king book!!?? It doesn't even have that much in paper as it would fit in a small purse. I got mine free from my educator when I was first diagnosed. maybe that can be a place to start

hewett557 2015-01-31 18:24:43 -0600 Report

That would be wonderful if you could send the link for it. I will check online for the Calorie King I didn't even know it was a book.
Thank you for the advice and helpful info. May God Bless You as well

hewett557 2015-02-01 19:59:09 -0600 Report

I read it and i think i will give it a shot. It sounds like this could really help. And by the comments of others they think so as well. I seen one that said it made her gain a pound. Which would be okay for me because my doctor added in more snacks with my three meals so i can gain a little for weight. In a total of 5 months i have lost 30lbs and dropped 5 pant sizes. Grant i wasn't never big but i was at a healthy 130lbs after have two kids. Going from 130 to 106 and wearing from a size 8 Juniors down to a size 3 now. I would love to be back at my healthy 130lbs again or maybe even a little more

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