Diabetes and your meal plan
Healthy nutrition is a key component of your diabetes healthcare plan. Healthy eating isn’t just for people with the condition. In fact, the dietary guidelines recommended for people with diabetes are the same as those recommended for the rest of the population. That means you don’t need to prepare separate meals for yourself at home – your family can simply adopt your healthy habits!
The 3 basic nutritional components that affect your blood glucose levels on a daily basis are:
The timing of your meals and snacks
Eating three regular meals per day offers the best way to control the size of your meals, as well as your blood glucose and energy levels. Skipping meals may place you at risk for low blood glucose and may cause you to compensate by overeating at the next meal. Depending on your treatment plan, you may need to eat regular snacks between your meals as well.
The quantity of food and drink you consume daily
The quantity of food (portion sizes) you should eat or beverages you should drink varies from person to person. The best way to learn about how many portions of the different foods and beverages you need to consume on a daily basis, is to consult with a registered dietician. Contact the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA) for a registered dietician in your area: www.adsa.org.za.
The types of food and drink you consume daily
The nutritional quality of the carbohydrates, proteins, fats and beverages you consume will impact your blood glucose control. Although you will be exposed to all sorts of treats over the holidays, make sure that most of your meals are balanced and made of foods and beverages with a high nutritional quality.
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