Diabetic Meal Plans
Planned meals are necessary to control blood sugar for Diabetics. A good Diabetic diet will emphasize the necessity of eating on a regular schedule.
A diabetic diet is much more effective if you break your allowed calories for the day into at least five meals or really three meals and two snacks, but adding another snack is equally helpful. The reason is that beginning in the morning your metabolism is at its highest so don’t skip breakfast because it keeps your metabolism working and usually your breakfast is all burned up supplying energy for your day.
An ideal plan is to schedule meals so that you eat breakfast by 7:30 a.m. or even 8:00 a.m., then a small snack at 10:00 a.m., lunch at 12:00, another snack at 3:00 p.m. and dinner by 7:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. at the latest) and another snack about 20 minutes before going to bed. The afternoon snack and the bedtime snack are necessary.
Why Schedule Planned Meals to Control Sugar
What all this eating does is two very important things: Number 1: eating so often keeps the metabolism working, burning up some of those unwanted pounds and Number 2: it keeps you from ever getting hungry and blowing your diet. It also reduces the amount of spikes (going to high then to low) thus helping to keep blood sugar level and closer to normal. Include an appropriate mix of protein, carbohydrates and fat in all meals and snacks within your allocated calories for the day.
Plan your meals so that you have as many fresh vegetables as possible. You can use them for some of your snacks as well as including them in lunch and dinner. Using fresh fruit is acceptable as a snack….these items are usually lower calorie and will fit into your daily calorie allowance.
Why Include Protein and Fat in Your Sugar Control Diet
Another very important thing to keep in mind is to spread your protein and fat allowance among your meals. Protein and fat take longer to digest so they keep you from getting hungry, Just keep track of your calories and you’ll get the job done!
Best Advise? Find a really good diet with a history of working. Many of the just plain “Weight Loss” diet plans will work just fine. Most are based on calories for the day which is part of your diabetic meal plan.
Below here is a link to one you can take a look at, you might like it. It has a very informative video once they get past the introduction. Some of the information about how foods affect the insulin production in your body and what kind of fat to eat to help you burn fat and lose weight will surprise you! Just click on the picture.