Basic Diabetic Diet Plan




The goal of any diabetic diet plan should be to control and stabilize blood sugar levels.


Your diabetic diet plan should consist of eating a variety of foods to get the vitamins and minerals you need.
When constructing a diabetic diet you should concentrate on using the food pyramind shown below!
Eat more from the groups at the bottom of the pyramid, and less from the groups at the top.



How much should I eat each day?

Have about 1,200 to 1,600 calories a day if you are
  • a small woman who exercises
  • a small or medium woman who wants to lose weight
  • a medium woman who does not exercise much
Choose this many servings from these food groups to have 1,200 to 1,600 calories a day:
6 starches 2 milk and yogurt
3 vegetables 2 meat or meat substitute
2 fruit up to 3 fats
Talk with your diabetes teacher to make a meal plan that fits the way you usually eat, your daily routine, and your diabetes medicines. Then make your own plan.
Have about 1,600 to 2,000 calories a day if you are
  • a large woman who wants to lose weight
  • a small man at a healthy weight
  • a medium man who does not exercise much
  • a medium to large man who wants to lose weight
Choose this many servings from these food groups to have 1,600 to 2,000 calories a day:
8 starches 2 milk and yogurt
4 vegetables 2 meat or meat substitute
3 fruit up to 4 fats
Talk with your diabetes teacher to make a meal plan that fits the way you usually eat, your daily routine, and your diabetes medicines. Then make your own plan.
Have about 2,000 to 2,400 calories a day if you are
  • a medium to large man who does a lot of exercise or has a physically active job
  • a large man at a healthy weight
  • a large woman who exercises a lot or has a physically active job
Choose this many servings from these food groups to have 2,000 to 2,400 calories a day:
11 starches 2 milk and yogurt
4 vegetables 2 meat or meat substitute
3 fruit up to 5 fats
Talk with your diabetes teacher to make a meal plan that fits the way you usually eat, your daily routine, and your diabetes medicines. Then make your own plan.

Make Your Own Food Pyramid

This will help with getting an overall picture of your diabetic diet plan!

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