One of the few things I learned when I was diagnosed with diabetes, was the fact that I could no longer eat anything that I wanted to eat at anytime. That's why in my last two posts I was looking for a new recipe book to change the monotony of my meals. My dietitian has prepared an easy meal plan for me early on. Here is how to start your own Diabetic Meal Plan for Type 2 Diabetics.
Step 1: Know your Glycemic Index
To start your meal plan, work with your endocrinologist to determine your target Glycemic Index. Your meal plan should revolve around this index and you should carefully map how your index moves before, during and after your meals. Your target Glycemic Index or GI must be between 70 - 130. Once you start to eat, list down all the food you ate and check your GI one to two hours after eating. Ideally, your glucose level should not exceed 180 with the food you just ate. Avoid those foods or combination of foods which cause your GI to spike beyond 180. Monitor your meals for a month clearly identifying which foods you should avoid or eat more of.
Step 2: Follow your Doctor and Dietitian
Normally, after your first month you would have generous list or a variety of foods to either avoid or eat more of. Always heed the advise of your doctor and dietitian specially on how much to eat and what medication to take at which time. Think of them as your lifelines. Consult them regularly. Become partners.
Step 3: Know the Basic Food Groups and How it Affects your GI.
The following article from http://www.brighthub.com/health/diabetes/articles/63482.aspx can explain how the basic food groups affect your blood glucose levels. Check out the article below.
Carbohydrates and Starches
Vegetables and Fruits
Dairy and Protein
Read more: http://www.brighthub.com/health/diabetes/articles/63482.aspx#ixzz12TodjWvL
Step 4: Religiously follow your Diet Plan
Now that you know how to monitor and identify what and when to eat. Stick to your meal plan. It means living a normal life even with a chronic disease like diabetes.
Have a great time creating your meal plans!
Till next post!