Throughout the day it is compulsory to keep an eye on your intake, if you are a diabetic patient. Especially, you should focus on eating high fiber, less processed carbs, low fat dairy and healthy fats. There is another good option of taking healthy vegetable based fats like nuts, avocado, olive oil or canola oil.
In order to maintain an ideal diabetic diet plan, firstly you should manage your carbohydrates intake. You should go for sugar free products and add natural sweets in your diet. Try to avoid the processed food and go for the raw products.
Control your diet with healthy eating is an important point for ideal diabetes meal plan. For personalized plan, you can alter your diet plan according to your requirements and taste. Here are some essential points that will help to organize an ideal meal plan.
Breakfast should not be skipped at any cost. There is a misconception of not taking breakfast in order to reduce calories intake. You have to manage your calories at least three meals like breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is better to take small six meals rather than taking three heavy meals. But never skip your breakfast. The options for breakfast are:
- A cup of skimmed milk
- A slice of whole wheat bread
- ½ of a small banana
- Cottage cheese
- ½ cup of oatmeal
- Green tea
Mostly diabetic patients skip breakfast and tend to overeat during the midday meal. But it is wrong method. Divide your calories in small portions. It is better to take small portion of meal after every three to four hours. The options for lunch are:
- A small apple
- One cup vegetable soup with 5 to 6 crackers
- A sandwich made up of two slices of whole wheat bread, one ounce low fat cheese and a tablespoon of mayonnaise
It is best to take a healthy dinner because dinner is the last meal of the day. It does not mean to take heavy dinner. It is very important to eat less at night. This rule is applied for diabetics and non-diabetics alike. Take your dinner at least two hours before going to bed. The options for dinner are:
- A light vegetable soup
- 4 ounces of boiled chicken breast slightly spiced 2/3 cup cooked brown rice or two to three whole wheat tortilla.