Other Meal Planning Methods
IN THIS CHAPTER
Exploring additional meal planning options
Understanding glycemic index and load
The key to eating well with diabetes is finding a meal plan that meets your personal needs and sets you up to achieve your diabetes goals. There is not one specific “diabetes diet” or meal plan that is right for everyone with diabetes. The Plate Method (see Chapter 17), carbohydrate counting (see Chapter 18), and food choices/exchanges (see Chapter 19) are popular meal planning approaches for people with diabetes, but studies show many different eating patterns can be helpful in managing diabetes. These eating patterns include the Mediterranean-style eating plan, the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) eating plan, plant-based (vegetarian/vegan) eating patterns, and low-carbohydrate and low-fat eating patterns. In this chapter, we explore these eating patterns in detail to see if any of them may be right for you.
As you’re learning about all the different meal-planning options available, you may come across the terms glycemic index and glycemic load. We touch briefly on glycemic index and load in this chapter, because they may be useful tools to help you fine-tune your blood glucose management.
Eating Patterns and Meal Planning