SophSam

Q:

My question is about diet. My dr. said I can only eat fish/chicken/turkey/vegetable/fruit. No potatoes/rice/bread/refined carbs. Is this typical?

Amy Campbell

A:

These days, there really is no one approach to the nutritional management of diabetes. Some healthcare provider advocate a low (or lower) carbohydrate eating plan, such as the one your doctor has prescribed, while others encourage a more balanced approach that includes foods from all food groups. Lower carb plans can certainly be helpful in managing diabetes and helping with weight loss. However, they can be somewhat hard to follow, and cutting out certain food groups, such as grains and starches, for example, can short-change you on some nutrients, like vitamins, minerals and fiber. Many people with diabetes do include healthy carbs in their eating plan, such as whole wheat bread or brown rice. The key, though, is controlling portions of these foods. Too much carbohydrate, whether from rice, cereal, fruit or milk, can raise blood glucose levels. What’s most important, however, is following an eating plan that you can stay with long term. If you don’t think you can follow the plan that your doctor has prescribed, ask him or her for a referral to a dietitian with experience in diabetes management. A dietitian can help you create an individualized eating plan that’s more suited to your food preferences and lifestyle.

October 27, 2013 at 6:57 am Tags: diet

3 replies

trickrider
trickrider 2015-06-20 10:36:37 -0500 Report

how do you find a dietitian that works with an individual on diet and excercise programs. I live near West Palm Beach Florida?

Jungle5
Jungle5 2014-01-02 17:33:01 -0600 Report

Jackie1951 I am on weight watchers . They are great for portioning & support - however, its up to you to watch what carbs you eat. They do have a small section about diabeties online. The exercise is what I find is the key.

Jackie1951
Jackie1951 2013-12-30 21:13:16 -0600 Report

I have been seeing a new doctor for the past 4 months. My new number is 7.0.
That really upset me. I am a overweight 62 yr old female. I am now on oxygen full time. I was just at night time but this past week my doctor increased it. I was told to watch my diet. I live with a obese husband. Can someone please tell me what is the best thing to eat. My husband wants to start weight watchers. But I do not know if that is a diabetic choice. If only I didn't like pasta and rice