Diabetic Cooking: Sample Menu

The diabetic diet that you follow will be determined by you and your doctor based upon the type of diabetes that you have as well as its severity taken into consideration with any other health problems that you have. A common diet that is used for diabetics is often referred to as the 1800 calorie diet. The goal of this diet is to limit caloric intake in order to control blood glucose as well as cholesterol and weight. In addition, it helps to transition the diabetic to a healthy eating lifestyle. Below is a sample day's menu for an 1800 calorie diabetic diet.


   1 cup of skim milk or 1 cup unsweetened low fat yogurt
   2 slices of whole wheat bread
   1 serving of an apple, banana or orange
   1 small slice cheese
The breakfast provides adequate nutrition and fuel to last all morning and includes starch, fat, vitamins and protein. Whole grain pasta may be substituted for the bread.

   2 small portions skinless turkey or chicken
   1 small fish
Cheese may be substituted for one portion of turkey or chicken. Meat is an excellent source of protein and should be cooked with a very small amount of oil. It is best not to fry but to steam, grill, bake, or roast instead. You may optionally add 1 cup of vegetables or 1 cup of whole grain rice or pasta.
Afternoon Snack

   Salt free or low salt crackers
   1 cup skim milk or yogurt
   1/2 cup tea unsweetened or with artificial sweetener
Try not to eat anything heavy for an afternoon snack. Be sure to use sweeteners in moderation and to check with your doctor before using sugar as a sweetener.

   1 small fish or 1 portion of meat
   1 small fruit
   Vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, or spinach
   Rice cake
   1 cup low fat milk
A heavy meal should be avoided at dinner time also so digestion will not be impaired while you sleep. You can see by this sample menu that you can eat very well on an 1800 calorie diet. The basic tenets of the 1800 calorie diet include calorie restriction to 1800 calories per day, eating low salt or salt free foods, eating foods that are low in fat, avoiding cooking in excess fats, and limiting the amount of carbohydrates consumed during the day. The diet is basically a healthy eating plan and can be used to lose weight and control diabetes. If you are a diabetic, you should get specific details from your doctor to make sure you know which foods to eat and which to avoid so you can regulate your blood sugar. And remember, the above is just an example menu. You can follow the basic guidelines while jazzing up your menu so your meals don't become boring.