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Type 2 Diabetes diet – TypeFree Diabetes

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Type 2 Diabetes Diet

Type 2 Diabetes Diet

A Type 2 Diabetes Diet is all about controlling the number of calories people with diabetes eat. Because, unused calories become body fat. And, excess fat cells reduce insulin’s ability to remove sugar from the blood.

Controlling Diabetes with Diet

Your doctor has likely told you that you can control your Diabetes with diet. But what does that really mean?

Taking on a new diet, or nutritional habit, means that you must learn about foods that are nutritious for your body and the portion sizes that are necessary for your blood sugar control.  Read more…


Top 4 Ways to Manage Your Diabetes at Weddings and Graduations

With the summer just around the corner, it’s time to gear up for weddings, graduations, cookouts, and other celebrations that, often, involve large amount of food and small amounts of sugar-free options. Here are some tips to help you eat healthy (without having to take your own food) to this summer’s events.  Read more…


Type 2 Diabetes and High Cholesterol

People with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes are at a high risk for heart disease. Therefore, if you have Diabetes, it is important to have your cholesterol and blood lipids (fat in your blood) checked regularly. It is also important to be aware of what healthy cholesterol numbers should be in order to reduce the risk of a heart attack and stroke.  Read more…


The Dangers of Dieting with Diabetes

If you have Diabetes and are overweight, losing 5-10% of your current weight will help improve your blood sugar levels. However, losing weight often requires you to assume a healthier life style and behavior change, not simply putting yourself on a diet. Many of the diets advertised today may be harmful and do not promote a holistic lifestyle change.  Read more…



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Diabetes Meal Plans-Samples of 2000,1800,and 1500 Calories

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Sample Diabetic Menus

Diabetes Meal Plans – Samples of 2000, 1800, and 1500 Calories

2000 Calorie Diabetes Meal Plan and Diabetic Menus 
The 2000-calorie diabetes diet plan is appropriate for medium frame, active adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 22 – 30) Total calories: 2000 calories… Read more…

1800 Calorie Diabetes Meal Plan 
Eating an 1800 calorie healthy eating plan will help to make sure that you limit the amount of fat on your body by reducing the number of unused calories in your body (when unused, these calories turn to fat). Read more…

1500 Calorie Diabetes Meal Plan 
A 1500-calorie meal plan helps you control the calories you eat to a level that will reduce your risk of obesity, even with a sedentary lifestyle. You can follow a 1500-calorie meal plan by counting your calorie intake or by balancing portions of food.  Read more…



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Pre-Diabetes Diet – TypeFree Diabetes

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Pre-Diabetes Diet

Pre-Diabetes Diet

A pre-diabetes meal plan should include recommended amounts of complex carbohydrates with low glycemic index numbers, lean protein, more monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated saturated fats, and foods with soluble fiber. This is the building block for good nutrition.  If you are pre-diabetic, good nutrition and increased physical activity should reverse your blood sugar level.

The Diabetes Food Pyramid
The Diabetes Food Pyramid is a tool to help you create a nutritious diabetes diet plan to help control your blood sugar levels and reduce your body fat.   Read more…

Borderline Diabetes
Has your doctor or someone you know told you that you have borderline diabetes?
There is no such thing as borderline diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, the definition of diabetes is a former term for pre-diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance.   Read more…

The Core Principles of Diet and Nutrition
The core principles of proper Diabetes nutrition are centered on reducing blood sugar levels and increasing healthy vitamins and minerals in the diet. diabetics, especially, should adhere to the principles of the Diabetes food pyramid in order to ensure that they have balanced diabetes nutrition to keep their bodies healthy.   Read more…

The Glycemic Index List of Foods and Diabetes
The Glycemic Index is a measure of how fast it takes a particular food to raise a diabetics blood sugar level for up to two hours after they eat. As you probably know, not all foods have the same amount of sugar and not all sugars act the same way after they are eaten.   Read more…



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The Mediterranean Diet Pyramid and Diabetes

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Mediterranean Diet and Diabetes

The Mediterranean Diet Pyramid and Diabetes

People with diabetes can create a very healthy menu with the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid.  This pyramid is characterized by the relatively low presence of fat. All fats included in the diet are mono-unsaturated or poly-unsaturated fats, such as olive oil. You’ll notice that the Mediterranean pyramid also includes generous portions of fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, nuts, and poultry. Surprising to some, the pyramid recommends at least one glass of wine a day along with a satisfying meal!Pedometers & Heart Rate Monitors

Note that the base of all of these pyramids show physical activity as the foundation, the core. For all of us who can recall those times, people walked a lot, bicycled a lot and were always tending to the garden, for food or for pleasure. The Mediterranean diet is rich in vegetables and fruit and low in saturated fats. We can all be better off embracing more of this traditional life philosophy/reality; diabetic or not.

Additionally, it is important to note that while serving sizes are not reflected in these pyramids, it is safe to assume that the servings were quite small. Plates, bowls and teacups were all smaller than what we typically use today in North America certainly. Food was also not in the very great abundance we “enjoy” in most well-to-do countries. The principle we get to embrace here is one of balance and some scarcity. Our serving sizes have gotten ahead of us and affect all of the nutritional balance we aim for.

For more on nutrition guidelines for diabetes, please visit our Diabetes Meal Plans or Diabetes Nutrition Information.

More tradtional food pyramids can also be found:

 The Asian Diet Pyramid
 The Latin American Diet Pyramid
 The Vegetarian Diet Pyramid

We do not currently have a pyramid for a traditional African diet. The closest would be either the Vegetarian Pyramid or the Latin American Pyramid.



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