What's the difference between healthy eating for someone with type 1 diabetes and
someone without diabetes? Not much! You should eat a wide variety of foods. And
you should balance the amount of carbohydrates, proteins, and fat. You won't have
to say no to everything with sugar, or ban dessert entirely. But you may need to
limit your portion sizes.
Working with a dietitian experienced in diabetes can
help you develop or change your meal plan to meet
specific nutritional goals. For example, they may recommend that you plan for special
treats by cutting back on other foods, being more active, or taking extra
We also have resources on this site that can help. They're described below.
New ways to think about food
There are many different ways to think about your meal plan. Which is the best one?
The one that works for you!
One example is the "My Plate" design from the US Department of Agriculture, which
replaces the old food pyramid. You may find it useful in understanding portion control.
For more information, visit www.ChooseMyPlate.gov.
Cornerstones4Care® has several tools that can make healthy eating easy and delicious
— Learn the basics of carbohydrate counting to help you manage your blood
sugar and bolus insulin dosing
— The higher a glycemic index (GI) a carb has, the faster it can raise blood
sugar. Find out more about the GI and how it can help you achieve tighter blood
— This natural protein can make life miserable for some people and yet have
little effect on others. Find out which foods have gluten, which don't, and who needs
to be concerned
— Some of our littlest critics have demanded meal and snack ideas that are
more to their tastes. Here are some scrumptious offerings that are sure to please
— Plan a full week's meals from a wide variety of recipes, and print a customized
shopping list of the ingredients you need. You can also find
Food Exchange Lists that help you add variety while staying within your
meal plan, and a Food Look-up Tool
with nutritional content on hundreds of food items