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Meal Planning for Type 1 Diabetes

Your dietitian will work with you to come up with a diabetes meal plan that helps you achieve your specific goals.

Your meal plan should include some of your favorite foods and fit within your schedule and lifestyle. There should be some flexibility built in so you don't get bored eating the same things all the time. An effective meal plan should help you reach your blood sugar goals, achieve and keep a healthy weight, and prevent health problems related to how you are eating.

Because it's your meal plan, you will need to let your dietitian know about your preferences, including:

  • What foods you just don't like
  • What foods you aren't willing to give up
  • What foods are family favorites (including ethnic and traditional foods)

And, you need to tell your dietitian about your lifestyle, including:

  • What your schedule is like
  • How you're used to cooking
  • How often you eat out
  • Your physical activity level

There are many approaches to managing your meal plan. You may find it useful or necessary to count:

  • Calories
  • Fat grams
  • Carbohydrates
  • Sodium milligrams

Talk with your dietitian and other members of your care team to find out which method—or combination of methods—works best for you.

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