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Easy to Follow Diabetes Diet Menu

Sarah | July 20th, 2012

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A diabetes diet is medically known as medical nutrition therapy (MNT) for diabetes. According to the Mayo Clinic, a diabetes menu is the best diet for weight loss– not only for diabetics, but for everyone.  MNT  focuses on foods that are naturally rich in nutrients, and low in fat and calories such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.  Strong emphasis is placed on portion control and consistent daily eating times, both efficient ways of monitoring food intake and blood glucose levels.

A sample diabetes diet menu

Despite the perceived stigma of a “boring” diabetic diet, MNT actually offers a wide variety of food choices.  According to WebMD, a diabetes diet menu should include 50 to 55 percent carbs; 30 percent fat; and 10 to 15 percent protein. In total, this daily nutrition makeup should comprise approximately 1,600 calories.

Diabetes patients may consult their doctors to create a personalized diabetes diet menu.  Many websites such as WebMd, Livestrong.com, and others offer many good examples of a sample meal plan:

Breakfast

  • Whole-wheat waffles
  • 1/2 small banana
  • 1 cup low-fat milk

Lunch

  • 2 oz. sliced turkey breast with lettuce, tomato, 2 tbsp. avocado on whole wheat bread
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 1 small apple
  • 1 cup low-fat yogurt
Dinner
  • 3 oz. baked pork tenderloin marinated in 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar & 1 tbsp. fresh rosemary
  • 2/3 cup wild rice
  • 1/2 cup steamed carrots
  • small green salad w/ low-fat salad dressing
  • 1 small dinner roll

Snacks are part of a diabetes diet menu

A sample meal plan for diabetics offered by the California Pacific Medical Center reminds dieters that meals and snacks should be timed at least 2 1/2-3 hours apart.  WebMD recommends not more than two, 60-calorie snacks per day.  Good snacks include:

  • 6 homemade tortilla chips
  • 1/2 cup of fresh veggies with low-fat dip
  • 3 cups light popcorn
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese with one small piece of fruit

Every item on this list avoids saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, and large quantities of sodium. Anyone seeking a sustainable diet for weight loss can benefit from eating according to these rules.

Doctors may prescribe proper diabetes diet

Diabetes requires medical supervision for the purpose of monitoring any changes in your condition, prescribing medication, and for maintaining overall wellness.  However, your doctor can also help devise a diabetes diet menu that may ultimately reverse your diagnosis.

With the spike in obesity statistics and cases of diabetes, more doctors are working with their patients to achieve goals of weight loss. One such group is The Center for Medical Weight Loss (CMWL), a large network of doctors specializing in physician-assisted weight loss.  Dr. Kaplan, founder of the Centers, believes that a diabetic diet prescribed by your physician offers more than simply weight loss. As he states, “When patients lose 5% – 10% of their body weight, it is a given that they will reduce their blood sugar significantly; many no longer need medication.”

The customized, physician-directed approach to long-term weight loss is growing fast.  The Center for Medical Weight Loss has over 450 locations across the country. To find out if there is a Center near you, enter your zip code in the box above.  Special incentives may be available to first time callers.