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Whether you or someone you love suffers from diabetes, you know how important is to plan out your meals. Sure, there are specific diabetic recipes you can follow, but there’s more to it than that. Don’t just change your meals, change your life!

Toby Smithson, registered dietician and national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says that there are a few tips people with diabetes should be aware of when preparing their meals.

Tips on Carb Choices

  • Know your meal plan. Meet with a registered dietician, so you are aware of how many carb choices you get a day.
  • Know your portion sizes.
  • Don’t ignore food labels! But most importantly, understand what they say.
  • Certain foods have 15-grams of carbs, which is a good limit to reach for each food choice. Think about foods like potatoes, pretzels, whole wheat bread, broccoli, carrots, beans, rice and others. 
  • Pay attention to total carbs on your food labels and sodium because people with diabetes have a 2 to 4 higher chance of developing heart disease. 

If you have diabetes and are trying to figure out your diabetic meal plan, meet with your doctor.



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