Nutrition

Nutrition

Good nutrition is a key factor in taking control of diabetes and health. The IU Health Diabetes Center’s Registered Dietitians offer individualized medical nutrition therapy. If you are interested in speaking with a Registered Dietitian, ask your IU Health physician to refer you to the IU Health Diabetes Centers for Medical Nutrition Therapy.

Eating healthy with diabetes is more than just counting carbohydrates. Good nutrition with diabetes should encompass monitoring carbohydrate intake, as well as choosing foods low in saturated fat and sodium.

Check out what the American Diabetes Association has to say regarding nutrition and diabetes.

Does looking at nutrition labels make your head spin? Consider speaking to a Registered Dietitian who can provide individual nutrition therapy tailored to a person’s needs. 

Great nutrition is essential in creating a healthy lifestyle. However, choosing a healthy diet in the right portions can be difficult. Here are some tips to help:

  1. Choose water over high sugar beverages.
  2. Eat three meals a day, preferably spaced no longer than 5 hours apart. If you need snacks, plan for them, and make them small.
  3. Eat at home more often. When eating out, check out nutrition information at fast food restaurants before ordering.
  4. Choose lean protein such as skinless turkey, chicken, fish, very lean beef, egg whites, beans, soy products.
  5. Choose heart healthy fats! Fat is one of the 3 major nutrients, and should be a part of a heart healthy diabetes meal plan. Choosing the right fats and the right portion size is key!
  6. Examples of unsaturated fats are olive oil, canola oil, nuts, and avocado. However just because these fats tend to be more heart healthy, it does not mean that portion size is not important. 
  7. Monitor portions of high carbohydrate foods. Carbohydrates are not evil, and are found in nutrient filled foods such as fruits, whole grains, milk/yogurt and starchy vegetables. However, as with all foods, portion control is important.
  8. Need some more tips, see here!

Nutrition Blogs and Articles

Nutrition tips and recipes:
http://www.eatright.org/Public/
http://www.eatright.org
http://kidseatright.org
http://www.diabetes.org

Eating healthy on a budget:
http://www.nal.usda.gov/snap/EatRightWhenMoneysTight.pdf

Shopping for fruits and vegetables:
http://www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov/downloads/Stretch_FV_Budget.pdf

Plate Method:
www.choosemyplate.gov

Recipes:
http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/recipes/