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Diabetes Plate Method

Diabetes Plate Method

The diabetes plate method was developed to guide people who have diabetes on how to properly divide the food on their plate into several portions that will help them control their calorie intake during each meal. This method will prevent the person from having too much calories that can cause instability of sugar or glucose in the blood. Comparing to other various food methods that are being followed today (which are complicated); the diabetes plate method is easy to follow. This is beneficial especially for old people that have diabetes. In this article, we will show you the ways on how a diabetic plate method can help you in controlling your blood-sugar level.

Benefits of using Diabetes Plate Method

  • Food monitoring - The food that we intake like starches, cholesterol or fats are easily maintained or monitored to prevent complications like "hyperglycemia" or an increased in blood-glucose level.
  • Healthier diet - A diabetic person can get a good amount of fiber, phytochemicals and antioxidants in addition to proteins that constitute a balanced and healthy diet.
  • Facilitates weight loss - An additional benefit of using diabetes plate method is the weight loss minus all the efforts and hardships that came with the standard dieting. This is important because excess body weight reduces insulin sensitivity in the body, which may lead again to hyperglycemia.
How to apply Diabetes Plate Method?

This method is quite simple. You don’t need any fancy materials or charts to guide you with your diet. All you have to do is to choose a “9 inch” plate and divide it into 3 sections:
  • Vegetables - Fill up 50% of your plate with an estimated one cup of non-starchy vegetables just like, cucumbers, peppers, lettuce, cabbage, mushrooms, onions, garlic, beets, green beans, spinach, broccoli, celery, tomatoes cauliflower and carrots. A simple way to integrate this in your diabetes plate method is to make a vegetable salad using non-fat dressing.
  • Lean Protein - 25% of your plate should contain approximately 3 oz. of lean meat, fish, poultry, nuts/seeds, or meat substitutes like gluten. Some other foods that can be used in your diabetes plate method that are proportion with this serving size includes: 1-2 medium-size eggs, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, 2 ounces of cheese, and ⅓ cup of nut products.
  • Carbohydrates - The remaining 25% that is included in your diabetes plate method contain an approximately 45-60 grams of foods, which contains carbohydrates; this is equivalent to 3-4 types of foods that contain 15 grams of carbohydrate. These foods include all sorts of grains, beans, fresh fruits, starchy vegetables, and dairy products such as milk. Consider whole grains over refined or processed foods to make your plate healthier. 
Using diabetes plate method is not only proven effective in maintaining the normal level of sugar, but it can also be used by those people who wanted to lose some weight and become healthier. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and try the diabetes plate method and see how it can help you in keeping your body healthy and free from complications of diabetes.

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