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?
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.