Diabetic food Requirements

Eat one piece of fresh fruit or 1/2 cup of fruit salad with your dinner for a well-rounded meal. Photo Credit Zedcor Wholly Images Whether you count your carbohydrates or follow the exchange method of meal planning, figuring out how much you can eat of each type of food is easier than you may think. Before you start on any type of meal plan to accommodate your diabetes, however, consult your physician or a licensed nutritionist who will determine the appropriate amount of daily protein, carbohydrates and fat to suit your particular medical needs.

While your physician and licensed nutritionist will determine the right calorie count and food mix to meet your particular medical situation, you should aim for 10 to 20 percent of your daily calories from protein, 25 to 30 percent from fat and 50 to 60 percent of carbohydrates. To help achieve these goals, you can use the "plate" method devised by the American Diabetes Association. Imagine drawing a line across your plate to divide it in half, and then dividing one of the halves in half again to give you three sections. Nonstarchy vegetables should fill up the largest section, with starches and proteins filling the two smaller halves. Although there are more exact measurements you can use to ensure you are consuming the right amounts of your food, following these general guidelines can put you on the right path.

Nonstarchy vegetables include most of the leafy greens, such as spinach and kale, most salad vegetables, including lettuce, tomatoes, onions and peppers and also vegetables like carrots, green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, artichokes, asparagus, summer squash varieties and turnips. One serving of these vegetables, or one exchange if you follow that meal planning system, is the equivalent of 1/2 cup of cooked vegetables or 1 cup of raw vegetables or salad greens. These vegetables provide you with plenty of nutrition, but they also contain carbohydrates. As a general rule of thumb, one serving of nonstarchy vegetables contains 25 calories and 5 g of carbohydrates. If you eat three or more servings at one meal, remember to include these in your carbohydrate tracking.

Starches include foods made from grains, such as cereal, bread and pasta, potatoes, cooked cereals, rice, cooked beans, peas, tortillas, winter squash and potatoes. These foods are your main source of carbohydrates, so choose them wisely. One serving of starches contains roughly 15 g of carbohydrates and 80 calories. If you are on a 1, 600 calorie-per-day diet, for example, you should count on getting 800 calories from carbohydrates each day, which translates into 10 carbohydrate servings spread throughout the day. One serving of carbohydrates includes one slice of regular or two slices of reduced-calorie bread, half of an English muffin or hamburger bun, 1/3 cup of rice, barley, beans or peas, 1/2 cup of cooked pasta or 3 oz. of baked white or sweet potato.

One serving of a lean protein contains 55 calories and 2 to 3 g of fat per serving, while medium-fat proteins contain 75 calories and 5 g of fat. If you are on a 1, 600 calorie-per-day diet, you should expect to consume 160 to 320 calories of lean protein, which is three to six servings of lean protein or two to four servings of medium-fat proteins throughout the day. Since most proteins contain some fat, which you should limit to no more than 400 to 480 calories per day, you also must account for calories from fat when choosing your proteins. One serving of lean proteins includes 1 oz. of skinless chicken, turkey, lean beef, pork tenderloin or seafood, such as salmon or swordfish. One serving of medium-fat proteins includes 1 oz. of prime beef cuts, ground beef, corned beef, pork chops or mozzarella cheese, or one egg or 4 oz. of tofu.

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2008-03-02 20:10:55 by mamatoabunch

Angel food

That is his favorite, I'll research it later. In your opinion is this a good one for diabetics. My mom says he's trying to be really careful with his food. Also, would a hibachi/sushi place be a good place for dinner wiht low carb, diabetic type requirements? I really appreciate all of this.

2007-05-16 20:55:22 by Critter_Doc

Many pet foods will provide good nutrition

However, there are also a lot of crappy foods out there. Our nutrition professor had a recipe which met the formulated requirements for a dog food which included a leather shoe and a can of motor oil. Just because the nutrients are in there, doesn't mean they can be absorbed.
That is why I recommend, at a minimum, making sure that your food bears a statement that the food has undergone AAFCO feeding trials, and not just been formulated to meet their requirements.
But the people in this thread haven't just been saying that their foods are good. They've been saying that their foods are vastly superior and that the foods which have the most research to back them up are nevertheless inadequate

2011-06-04 04:16:37 by not_on_call_today

A frequent problem for the diabetic

A frequent problem for the diabetic is exactly what you have going on. When a diabetic has an illness, the illness is complicated by the diabetes and visa versa.
A good example will help: a fever, for example, is a sign of infection, and frequently accompanies a flu or a bacterial infection. What is important is that a fever indicates a response to infection in which the immune system is using a GREAT quantity of energy, that energy ultimately coming from glucose. Therefore, tight regulation of blood glucose is important during an infection, not only to help the immune cells function, but to avoid getting hypoglycemic

2009-05-31 16:27:34 by billfail

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A loving home is needed for an adorable and loveable cat free of charge. Shadow is a black domestic short hair cat. Shadow loves attention and is a lap cat that will enjoy spending time with you all day long. Shadow also will curl up with you in bed and sleep with you all night long. He is a true companion that will melt your heart. A new home is needed for Shadow even though his owner loves him dearly but due to a recent divorce is not able to accommodate his schedule to care for the special needs of Shadow. Shadow is diabetic and requires insulin shots twice daily, one in the morning and one in the evening

Why you should eat fruit -- not drink it -- to lower diabetes risk  — Today.com
Consuming whole fruits at least three times a week may lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new long-term study published Thursday in the British Medical Journal.

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