Food and Type 1 Diabetes
What's the difference between healthy eating for someone with type 1 diabetes and someone without diabetes? Not much! Having type 1 diabetes doesn’t mean having to say “no” to everything with sugar, or avoid dessert entirely. But a person with diabetes may need to eat a variety of foods and a balanced amount of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats and limit their portion sizes.
Working with a dietitian experienced in diabetes care can help a person with type 1 diabetes to develop or change their meal plan to meet specific nutritional goals. Meal plans will vary from person to person. There is no “one-size-fits-all” diet for people with type 1 diabetes. But there are general guidelines that tend to work in most situations. For example, planning for special treats may involve temporarily cutting back on other foods, being more active, and/or taking extra insulin under the direction of a physician.
New ways to think about food
There are many different ways to think about a meal plan for someone with type 1 diabetes. Which is the best one? The one that works for you.
Cornerstones4Care® has several tools that can make healthy eating easy and delicious
- Menu Planner - A food lookup and meal planning tool with hundreds of easy-to-follow recipes
- Diabetes Meal Planning Makeover Tool - Discover diabetes-friendly alternatives to common foods
- Nutrition and Carbohydrate Lookup - Check calorie and carbohydrate information on thousands of food items
- Diabetes PDF booklets - Free, downloadable PDF booklets designed to help teach people with type 1 diabetes about the importance of healthy eating. Titles include Carb Counting and Meal Planning