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Q:

What can I eat to help my sugars level out?

Amy Campbell

A:

For the most part, an eating plan for diabetes is one that consists of three meals a day, and may include one or two snacks per day, as well. A good way to plan your meals is to use the plate method. With this approach, you would fill half of your plate with non-starchy (low carb, low calorie) vegetables, such as broccoli, peppers, salad, carrots or tomatoes. A quarter of your plate would be filled with “healthy” carb foods, such as whole grain bread, whole wheat pasta or brown rice. Another quarter would be filled with lean protein, including lean meat, poultry, fish, or lower-fat cheese. Then, use a small amount of a heart-healthy fat like olive oil, avocado or some nuts. On the side, you would add a serving of fruit or low fat yogurt. Eating in this manner assures that you’re getting a variety of foods (which is important for everyone), and also a balance of carbohydrate, protein and fat, which, in turn, can help to keep your blood glucose more steady. Ideally, you should consider meeting with a dietitian for a more specific eating plan that will take into account any diabetes medicine that you’re taking, your daily schedule, your activity level and any other health issues that you may have.

July 21, 2013 at 5:21 pm