Sunday, April 11, 2010

How to Follow a Diabetic Plate Diet

Knowing how to follow a diabetic plate diet and help you keep your numbers low easily without wondering what you can eat. The diabetic plate diet is a very healthy diet for everyone not just diabetics. It is an easy diet for everyone to follow without calculating calories or carbohydrates.

FIFTY PERCENT VEGETABLES - Eat the diabetic plate diet by covering fifty percent of your plate with vegetables at each meal. The plate diet is so easy to follow because you just look at your plate and decide with your eyeballs that fifty percent of your meal is vegetables. Eat the healthiest vegetables that you can possibly find such as spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens and carrots. It is best to eat them raw or lightly cooked. The brighter the color, the better the vegetable is for you. Eat vegetables for fifty percent of your meal for all three of your main meals each day. You can also eat vegetables as snacks in between meals.

TWENTY FIVE PERCENT LEAN MEAT - Eat a meat that is low in saturated for for about one quarter of your meal for all three meals in your day. You can also eat one ounce of lean meat as a snack in between meals. Just watch the saturated fats. Eat meats and seafood such as turkey, chicken, and fish. Buy your meat at the butcher or in the grocery store meat section. Do not buy packaged lunch meats or other packaged meats, there are usually many other ingredients added such as nitrates, preservatives and high fructose corn syrup that you need to avoid for good health. Eat the healthiest meats such as salmon and turkey.

TWENTY FIVE PERCENT WHOLE GRAINS - Eat a whole grain such as brown rice or whole grain pasta or a starch such as a potato equivalent to one quarter of your meal for all three meals per day. Do not eat whole grains as your snacks during the day. It is better to snack on fruits, vegetables or lean proteins throughout your day. Make sure that your whole grains are actually whole. Read the package and avoid things such as: enriched flour, flour, etc. Eat foods that list whole grains first or sprouted grains.

Avoid eating rich and fatty sauces on your foods and avoid additional salt.

You will easily stick to your diabetic diet if you use the plate method.

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