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You don’t have to be diabetic to benefit from this easy and comprehensive system for meal planning.

What is a diabetes meal plan?

A diabetes meal plan is a guide that tells you how much and what kinds of food you can choose to eat at meals and snack times. A good meal plan should fit in with our schedule and eating habits. The right meal plan will help you improve your blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol numbers and also help keep your weight on track. Whether you need to lose weight or stay where you are, your meal plan can help.

What is a healthy diet?

A healthy diet is a way of eating that that reduces risk for complications such as heart disease and stroke. Healthy eating includes eating a wide variety of foods including vegetables, whole grains, fruits, non-fat dairy products, beans, and lean meats, poultry and fish. There is no one perfect food so including a variety of different foods and watching portion sizes is key to a healthy diet. Also, make sure your choices from each food group provide the highest quality nutrients you can find. In other words, pick foods rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber over those that are processed.

http://www.diabetes.org/nutrition-and-recipes/nutrition/diabetes-meal-plan.jsp

Meal Planning Exchange Lists
Newly expanded and updated meal planning exchange lists have been published by The American Dietetic Association and the American Diabetes Association.
http://www.diabetes.org/nutrition-and-recipes/nutrition/exchangelist.jsp

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