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Eating Healthy With Type 2 Diabetes

Create a meal plan

A good diabetes meal plan can help you keep your blood sugar and weight goals on track, and should fit in with your schedule and eating habits.


Make healthy updates to classic favorites

Try swapping out certain ingredients for healthier versions, such as adding crunch to your salad with nuts rather than croutons.


Read food labels

Nutrition Facts food labels can help you track your daily carbohydrates. Be sure to pay attention to both the serving size and total carbohydrate amount.

Be aware of how many calories are in a portion of that food. You can also compare different products to find lower-calorie options.


Know your portions

Controlling your portion size is a great way to keep tabs on your calorie intake. Try this "handy" guide to help ensure your food servings are the right size:

  • Your fist is about the size of 1 cup
  • Your thumb tip is about 1 tablespoon (the top joint of your thumb)
  • The palm of your hand is about 1 ounce of snack food (not a heaping handful)


Counting carbohydrates

When you eat foods that contain carbohydrates, your body breaks them down into glucose (sugar). By tracking your carbohydrates, staying within your carbohydrate limits, and with the right balance of physical activity and medicine, if needed, you can help keep your blood sugar numbers within your target range.

Some portions of foods containing about 15 grams of carbohydrates:

  • 1 slice of bread (1 oz) or 1 (6 inch) tortilla
  • ½ cup of oatmeal
  • ⅓ cup of pasta or rice
  • ½ English muffin or hamburger bun
  • ½ cup of black beans or starchy vegetable
  • ¼ of a large baked potato (3 oz)
  • 6 chicken nuggets
  • ½ cup of casserole
  • 1 cup of soup
  • ¼ serving of a medium french fry
  • 1 small piece of fresh fruit (4 oz)
  • ½ cup of canned or frozen fruit
  • 4-6 crackers
  • ⅔ cup of plain fat-free yogurt or sweetened with sugar substitutes
  • 1 Tbsp syrup, jam, jelly, sugar, or honey
  • 2 Tbsp light syrup
  • 2 small cookies
  • 2 inch square brownie or cake without frosting
  • ½ cup ice cream or sherbet

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