For many of us, one of the biggest challenges with diabetes is changing the way we eat. Our foods are a part of our history and culture. Our tastes are part of what makes us unique.
So when you make lifestyle changes, remember that you can still eat many foods that you love. You may just need to adjust how much or how often you eat them based on their effect on your blood glucoseBlood glucoseThe main sugar found in the blood, and the body’s main source of energy..
Meal planning is very different from dieting. Dieting is short-term. Meal planning is a way of life with a long-term goal—managing your diabetes.
The goals of a healthy meal plan are:
Focus on 1 or 2 small changes at a time. For example, if you eat fast food at lunch because you're in a hurry, try bringing a healthier meal from home. Maybe you can walk in place during the commercial break when you watch TV.
Healthy eating is good for everyone, not just people who are living with diabetes. So, it can be helpful to ask your family or others you live with to eat better with you. When everyone is following a healthy meal plan, you can support each other.
If you go off your plan, don’t sweat it. Just get back on track as quickly as you can with more determination! Talk to your diabetes care teamDiabetes care teamYour diabetes care team may include a primary care doctor, a diabetes and hormone doctor (endocrinologist), a registered nurse, a diabetes educator, a dietitian, a heart doctor (cardiologist), a foot doctor (podiatrist), an eye doctor (ophthalmologist/optometrist), a kidney doctor (nephrologist), a dentist, a pharmacist, and a mental health professional. if you are concerned about sticking to your meal plan.