How Many Meals Per Day Should People With Diabetes Eat?
For years many Americans have lived with the misguided notion that it is better to eat a series of small meals each day as opposed to three large ones. Recently more information was released that further disproves the age-old myth. Only this time, the researchers involved looked directly at the relationship between meal frequency and diabetes.
The study in the New England Journal of Medicine indicated that opting to consume three appropriately-sized meals a day may be best for blood glucose control, vs several small meals throughout the day. They feel that adopting such a routine may make diabetes management, at least for those diagnosed with type 2, much easier and more effective.
To better understand what those meals should be comprised of, diabetics should consider speaking with members of their healthcare team. There are also a series of breakfast and lunch meal ideas for diabetics available online. One good resource is the American Diabetes Association. They have a list of speedy-to-prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner ideas that all diabetics may find helpful.
Recommended Foods for Diabetes
Let’s take a look at the important foods that people with diabetes should include in their meal planning.
Try to include a protein-rich egg or low-fat meat with your breakfast. If you’re on the go, try making a veggie and fruit smoothie with a scoop of your favorite sugar-free protein powder.
A light salad is always a good choice. Add greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, and other veggies you enjoy — also add protein in the form of boiled eggs, turkey meat, or tofu cubes. Watch out for take-out or restaurant salads as they can include unhealthy carbs and fatty dressings that are not heart or diabetes healthy. A homemade dressing such as olive oil and balsamic vinegar is an easy and diabetes-friendly option.
For dinner, focus on lean proteins, whole grains, and more vegetables. Grilled chicken with asparagus and quinoa is an example of a diabetes-friendly delicious meal.
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