Protien

DonnaAnn
By DonnaAnn Latest Reply 2008-07-23 10:34:31 -0500
Started 2008-07-23 00:09:50 -0500

I have read and have been told that eating protien is important to a diabetic. I absolutley deplore it when I read that the AVERAGE DAILY INTAKE should be…
So, here is my question, how much protien is too much at any given meal.
I have noticed that many people eat protien. I also have heard that protien helps a diabetic because it helps slow down the digestion and helps us stay fuller longer. I get really confused after awhile. Am I counting carbs, cals., protien or all of it? How does a egg fit into the size of a deck of cards?


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JP - 14811
JP - 14811 2008-07-23 02:43:13 -0500 Report

Hi Donna,
Don't fret, we'll help you sort it all out. Protein is an important part of anyone's diet, but too much can be a problem too so working with a dietician if you can is the best but if you can't afford that or you don't have insurance that can be costly. So here is my quick study on protein.

6-8 ounces per day. This should be split between 3 meals and snacks if you use snacks as part of your meal plan.

A serving of protein is said to be the size of a deck of cards.. this is usually 3 ounces. A small chicken breast, a lean tenderloin steak, a pork chop, an egg counts as one serving so that one is not in the 'deck of cards' visual. Cheese and nuts count as protein as well.

Example:
Breakfast One Hard cooked egg, 2 slices whole grain toast with light margarine, a cup of melon and coffee or tea

Snack AM small apple and one string cheese

Lunch Large vegetable salad (mixed assortment of veggies), add 2 ounces of cooked chicken to your salad to add the protein. 1 small whole wheat roll with light margarine.

Snack PM 1/2 of a large banana and a tablespoon of peanuts.

Dinner 3 ounces of lean steak, steamed broccoli, 1/2 cup steamed green beans, and 1 cup brown rice.

Snack Bedtime 1 serving of wheat crackers and 1 string cheese.

Just a sample of day in the life of Judy's food!!! Hope it gives you some idea on where the protein fits in. When you eat carbs, you should eat a little protein to help sustain your blood sugar for longer. If you eat just carbs it will spike up and drop quicker..

*Judy (JP)

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