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.

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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