A LOW GLYCEMIC DIET
The best foods for diabetes and preventing diabetes are foods that are nutritious and have a low impact on blood sugar levels. Most of these foods can be found in a low glycemic diet, including vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats, and healthy carbs.
WHAT YOU SHOULD EAT
Most of a healthy diet should come from healthy carbohydrates and vegetables. The rest of the diet consists of lean proteins and healthy fats. Three meals are recommended per day about every 4-5 hours so you don't get too hungry. Here's how your plate should look:
- Fill up 50% of your plate with non-starchy vegetables. For example, fill up on salads or vegetable soups. Vegetables stay in your stomach longer, helping control hunger, lower cholesterol, and provide fiber and vitamins.
- Allow 25% of your plate to be complex carbohydrate (approximately 1 cup), especially those high in fiber. Some examples are brown rice, quinoa, beans, and of course, pasta such as FiberPasta! People with diabetes and pre-diabetes need to choose their carbs carefully because some will have a greater impact on blood sugar than others.
- The remaining 25% of your plate should be lean proteins such as fish, chicken, eggs, and tofu.
Give it a try, a low glycemic diet is not about giving up the joy of eating. It's about eating smarter!