The Diabetes Diet

Quick GuideDiabetes Diet: Healthy Meal Plans for Diabetes-Friendly Eating

Diabetes Diet: Healthy Meal Plans for Diabetes-Friendly Eating

Fats and Sweets

Limit the amount of fats and sweets you eat. Fats and sweets are not as nutritious as other foods. Fats have a lot of calories. Sweets can be high in carbohydrate and fat. Some contain saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol that increase your risk of heart disease. Limiting these foods will help you lose weight and keep your blood glucose and blood fats under control.

Examples of fats include:

  • Salad dressing
  • Butter
  • Avocado
  • Oil
  • Margarine
  • Olives
  • Cream cheese
  • mayonnaise
  • Bacon

Examples of sweets include:

  • Cake
  • Pie
  • Cookies
  • Ice cream
  • Syrup
  • Doughnuts

How much is a serving of sweets?

Examples of one serving of sweets are:

  • A one to three inch cookie
  • One plain cake doughnut
  • Four chocolate kisses
  • One tablespoon of maple syrup

How much is a serving of fat?

Examples of one serving of fat are:

  • One strip of bacon
  • One teaspoon of oil

Examples of two servings of fat are:

  • One tablespoon regular salad dressing, or
  • Two tablespoons light salad dressing plus one light tablespoon mayonnaise

How can I satisfy my sweet tooth?

Try having sugar-free popsicles, diet soda, fat-free ice cream or frozen yogurt, or sugar-free hot cocoa mix.

Other tips:

  • Share desserts in restaurants.
  • Order small or child-size servings of ice cream or frozen yogurt.
  • Divide homemade desserts into small servings and wrap each individually. Freeze extra servings.

Remember, fat-free and low-sugar foods still have calories. Talk with your diabetes teacher about how to fit sweets into your meal plan.

Alcoholic Drinks

Alcohol has calories but no nutrients. If you drink alcohol on an empty stomach, it can make your blood glucose level too low. Alcohol also can raise your blood fats. If you want to drink alcohol, talk with your doctor or diabetes teacher about how it fits into your meal plan.

Diabetes and Your Meal Plan

Plan your meals and snacks for one day. Work with your diabetes teacher if you need help.

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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/23/2016

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