Diabetes has entered your life with a bang. Perhaps you know others who are diabetics, perhaps not. Perhaps you have friends or family members who are diabetic. Perhaps you were secretly expecting diabetes to strike, perhaps it came as a surprise. You are now faced with some important choices – first and foremost, your diet.
Any diabetic must think and plan his or her meals. This planning becomes second nature in time and will not always be as overwhelming as it may seem when you are newly diagnosed. Since the majority of diabetics suffer from Type II diabetes, or adult onset diabetes, you have likely had poor eating habits for some time now. You will now need to take some time to educate yourself and to actually sit down and write out your menu.
One of the first people that your diagnosing physician will direct you to will be a registered dietician. Your dietician will help you in planning your meals and will likely provide you with recipes for healthy eating. You will go over your own individual diet needs. Each diabetic is different. You may need to lose weight in addition to managing you diabetes. You may need to gain weight in addition to managing you diabetes. Your lifestyle will have a bearing on what your diabetic needs are. Diabetics with active lifestyles have different caloric needs than those who lead relatively sedentary lives. Your dietician will consider all of these factors and then will assist you in developing a diabetic diet sample from which you will determine the meal plan that is right for you.
With the wealth of information that is now available via the internet, diabetics have many resources right at their fingertips. Diabetics are no longer limited to the information that they are given. Diabetics are encouraged to find as much information as they can about their condition. Education is the key to living a healthy diabetic lifestyle. Many reputable diabetes organizations have internet web sites and most of them provide surfers with a diabetic diet sample. Many of these web sites have forums on which you can network with other diabetics that can offer more diabetic diet samples. Diabetics today have more information available to them than diabetics did just a decade or two ago.
A well-planned diabetic diet sample will take the reader through at least one day of planned meals. Using what will likely be the diabetic food pyramid, the diabetic diet sample should include food exchanges and how to use them. Using an example, the diabetic diet sample will build meals based on a number of exchanges to clarify the method that a diabetic will use to create his or her own meals. A diabetic diet sample may also include recipes that are based on food exchanges. Cooking a stew, for example, may include exchanges from several different food groups. You may use meat exchanges, vegetable exchanges, and fat exchanges to create a stew or casserole. Meals based on a combination of exchanges may seem difficult at first but will soon become second nature. Keeping your diabetic diet samples and your diabetic recipes close at hand will give you the tools you will need for a successful diabetic diet.
Arm yourself with as many diabetic diet samples as you can access. The more samples you have the more food choices you will have to begin with. Until you become familiar with the process of creating meals from you allotment of food exchanges, let these diabetic diet samples will be your guide. Don’t’ worry at first about creating your own meals. Once you are comfortable with planning your own recipes and meals, you will find that you can share your own diabetic diet samples with other newly diagnosed diabetics.