Eat Well with the Plate Method
Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet is the key to managing diabetes. Using the plate method can help you keep a watchful eye on your diet while still consuming the foods you love.
The plate method is simply putting smaller portions and more non-starchy vegetables on your plate when you eat. The plate method is typically the least overwhelming for diabetics. You simply measure portion sizes based on the amount of space each food takes up on a standard-sized dinner plate. For breakfast, half the plate should be starch and the other half fruit and lean protein. For lunch, eat half a plate of non-starchy vegetables and half starchy foods and lean protein. Add a low-fat milk product, an additional starch, and serving of fruit for both lunch and dinner.
Non-starchy vegetables have fewer grams of carbohydrates than starchy vegetables which can include potatoes and corn. The good thing is that there are far more non-starchy vegetables like carrots, asparagus, broccoli and much more to satisfy your hunger. Enjoying a variety of colorful vegetables will help you find success with the plate meal planning method. If you are still hungry after eating the food on your plate, go for a salad with low-calorie dressing. This will help you not only curb your appetite, but also get in a few more servings of non-starchy vegetables.