I have been a type two diabetic for twenty years and I would like to know how to stay on a food plan. I think about food all the time and I need to know what I can do to help myself.
Following a meal plan for your diabetes can be challenging, at least initially. It’s important to realize that your food or meal plan for your diabetes should be a long-term way of eating healthfully -- not only to help you manage your diabetes, but also to lower your risk of certain complications, such as heart disease and stroke, and help you reach and stay at a healthy weight. Everyone eats differently, however, so there is no one right eating plan that works for everyone. Fad diets or sample diet plans or menus that you might come across on the Internet, for example, are more like “quick fixes”; it’s hard to stay with them in the long run because they’re hard to follow or they may promote foods that you don’t like. In order to establish an eating plan that you can stay with and that will keep you from getting too hungry (and help you stop thinking about food all the time!), I’d encourage you to meet with a dietitian. A dietitian will consider a number of factors, such as your age, height, weight, physical activity level, daily schedule and food preferences, and develop a plan that’s tailored to you. Sometimes it even takes several visits with a dietitian to “tweak” your plan so that it’s truly a fit for you. Your health plan likely covers at least one visit with a dietitian, but you will probably need a referral from your doctor, so talk to him or her about this.