Sample Menu for Diabetes as Part of Treatment

Sample menu for diabetes is part of the lifestyle change needed for the treatment of the disease. This along with exercise will help beat diabetes. You still have to live with it but you can't let it beat you. Instead allow the lifestyle change to help you control the disease.

The sample menu for diabetes we will present here is part of planning the meals which has a crucial role in the treatment of diabetes. With some help, you'll learn to plan meals around what you prefer and your dietary needs. You will learn that the healthy diet good for every one is the same one that's best for diabetes.

In planning the sample menu for diabetes, limit the amount of carbohydrate, space the scheduling of the meals, use healthy food preparation methods and stay away from hydrogenated and saturated fats and oils. For this you have to read the food labels and be label-wise as well.

Here is a sample menu for diabetes for a morning meal:

  • 1 egg or 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
  • 1 slice of whole wheat bread or 1/2 cup of cereal
  • 1/2 cup of 2% milk
  • 1 small orange or half a pear
  • 1 teaspoon of margarine.
  • coffee or tea

Here is a sample menu for diabetes on a 1200 calories per day for a meal at noon:

  • 1/2 cup of canned fish, drained or 2 slices of cheddar cheese
  • 2 slices of whole wheat bread
  • 1/2 cup of 2% milk
  • 1/2 banana or 1 peach
  • 1 teaspoon of margarine
  • lettuce and tomato
  • coffee, tea or water

Note that for a 1500 calories per day, just increase the fruit to 1 whole banana and for 1800 calories per day, just increase fruit to 1 whole banana plus 1 teaspoon of mayonnaise.

Here is a sample menu for diabetes for a 1200 to 1500 calories per day for the evening meal:

  • 1 broiled piece of lean meat not bigger than a deck of cards or 1 baked chicken leg without the skin
  • 1 slice of whole wheat bread and 1/2 baked potato
  • 1/2 cup of 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup of carrots and 1/2 grapefruit or 1 slice of pineapple in juice
  • 1 teaspoon margarine
  • Tossed salad
  • coffee, tea or water

Note that for 1800 calories per day, have a little larger meat and add another teaspoon of margarine.

Here is a sample menu for diabetes to boost the menu to 1500 calories per day. Have the following for an evening snack:

  • 1 slice low fat cheese
  • 1 slice whole wheat bread
  • 1/2 cup of 2% milk or plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon margarine

Here is a sample menu for diabetes to boost the menu to 1800 calories per day. Have the following for an afternoon snack:

  • 1 teaspoon of margarine
  • 1 slice of whole wheat bread

And for the evening snack:

  • 2 slices of whole wheat bread
  • 1 slice of low fat cheese
  • 1/2 cup of 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon of margarine

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Here are some points to remember:

  • Eat at least three meals a day, more if on insulin and diabetic pills.
  • Do not miss meals. Eat at the same time each day.
  • Drink water or sugar-free soft drinks when thirsty.
  • You may need help in planning your meals. A dietitian will be able to help.
  • You don't have to measure these vegetables: broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, asparagus, yellow or green beans, bean sprouts, celery, cucumber, lettuce, mushrooms, tomatoes, zucchini, onions, parsley, pepper, radish and spinach.
  • You also don't have to measure clear broth, water, lemon juice, herbs, mustard, spices, seasonings, salt, pepper, vinegar, sugar-free drinks and clear coffee or tea.
  • Avoid these foods: honey, jam, jelly, molasses, pastries, regular soft drinks, syrup, tonic water, sugar, iced cakes, condensed milk, candies and chocolates.

There you have it. Each sample menu for diabetes will point you to the right direction. It will help to meet the challenge to treat diabetes in an efficient manner. Along with exercise this lifestyle change will keep us on the right track. Congratulations for trying!

The above menus are only samples. If after a talk with your dietitian and you want more information on how to plan your menu, just leave your name and email address and I will see that you get more information on other food choices and the number of servings of the different food groups you need for each meal.

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