Chapter 19

Meal Planning with Food Choices/Exchanges

IN THIS CHAPTER

check Understanding food choices

check Exploring the different food lists

check Using food choices/exchanges to plan your meals

One of the most important things to remember when you’re trying to adopt a diabetes-friendly diet is that there is no one-size-fits-all meal plan that works for all people with diabetes. The meal planning method you use should be selected with the help of a registered dietitian (RD) or registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) based on your preferences, lifestyle, and diabetes and other health goals. Some people enjoy the ease and simplicity of the Plate Method, while many others find that carbohydrate counting helps them manage their blood glucose levels. (Learn more about the Plate Method and carbohydrate counting in Chapters 17 and 18, respectively.) If you’re looking for a little more precision than the Plate Method offers but you don’t want to count grams of carbohydrate, meal planning with food choices may be the right method for you.

Food choices (sometimes called exchanges) can be a helpful meal-planning tool for some people with diabetes. This meal-planning approach is based on the American Diabetes ...

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