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If you have diabetes eating right means focusing on a variety of healthy foods from all the food groups, eating in moderation, and sticking to regular mealtimes.

By doing this, you can maintain a healthy weight, making a big difference to your body in the long run. Here are some ways to manage your eating habits:

Read the Nutrition Facts label

Find the right serving size and how many carbohydrates, fats, proteins and calories are in your food. This can help you track the food you eat and keep your blood glucose levels in a safe range.

Count your carbs

Keep a record of all the carbohydrates you eat. Meals typically range from 45-60g of carbohydrates, snacks range from 15 to 30g. For example, one slice of bread, one apple and one cup of milk each have 15g of carbohydrates.

Try the plate method

This is an easy way to plan meals and does not require any counting or measuring. Half of the plate is filled with non-starchy vegetables. Protein fills a quarter of the plate, and starch fills the other quarter of the plate. This can help control how many carbohydrates and calories you eat and lead to weight loss.

While there is no meal plan that works for everyone, the key to a healthy diet is three meals a day with nutritious snacks in between. Living with diabetes doesn’t mean you have to feel hungry and deprived. Once you get the hang of these tips, you can enjoy all kinds of delicious meals.


Romilda Grella