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Living Well with Diabetes

Chapter 3: Creating a Meal Plan Setting Healthy Eating Goals A key part of controlling blood glucose is eating healthy foods every day. You don’t have to stop eating the foods you like. But you do need to know how food affects your blood glucose. Ask to meet with a registered dietitian (an expert on food and nutrition). The dietitian will teach you the skills you need to plan healthy, diabetes-friendly meals. You may work with the dietitian one-on-one or in a group class. 24 Getting Started Before you see the dietitian, you may be asked to keep a food diary for a few days. Write down all the foods you eat and when you eat them. Bring this list with you when you see the dietitian. It will help the dietitian get to know your eating habits. Working With the Dietitian The dietitian will work with you to design a meal plan. The meal plan will be based on your likes and dislikes. The dietitian will teach you how the foods you eat affect blood glucose. You’ll learn how to judge serving and portion sizes of the foods you eat. Creating a plan you can live with will help you keep your blood glucose in your target range.


Living Well with Diabetes
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