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Diabetes Meal Planning and Nutrition For Dummies

Toby Smithson, Alan L. Rubin

ISBN: 978-1-118-67751-3 October 2013 384 Pages


Food awareness, nutrition, and meal planning advice for people with diabetes

Diabetes Meal Planning and Nutrition For Dummies takes the mystery and the frustration out of healthy eating and managing diabetes. Both the newly diagnosed and the experienced alike will learn what defines healthy eating for diabetes and it’s crucial role to long term health, why healthy eating can be so difficult, and how meal planning is a key to successful diabetes management

Diabetes Meal Planning and Nutrition For Dummies takes the guesswork out of eating and preparing diabetes friendly foods. You'll learn whether popular diets fit (or don’t fit) into a healthy eating plan, what to shop for, how to eat healthy away from home, which supplements you should consider, and how to build perfect meals yourself.  To get you started, this book includes a week's worth of diabetes-friendly meals, and fabulous recipes that demonstrate how delicious food and effective diabetes management can go hand in hand.

  • Includes helpful information for people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes as well as exchange lists for diabetes
  • Explains how your surroundings and your biology conspire to encourage unhealthy eating, and how you can gain control by planning in advance
  • Helps you to understand that fabulous, nutritionally-balanced food and diabetes management can go hand in hand

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes, Diabetes Meal Planning and Nutrition For Dummies is packed with expert advice, surprising insights, and practical examples of meal plans coupled with sound nutritional advice.

Introduction 1

Part I: Diabetes and Food: An Intimate Connection 7

Chapter 1: Having Your Diabetes and Eating, Too 9

Chapter 2: Understanding Diabetes 21

Chapter 3: Managing Diabetes and Blood Glucose 35

Chapter 4: Doing More to Manage Diabetes 53

Part II: Nutrition with Purpose 61

Chapter 5: Explaining Nutrition Requirements for Diabetes 63

Chapter 6: Meeting the Macronutrients — Protein, Fat, and Carbohydrates 77

Chapter 7: Reading the Fine Print: Micronutrients 91

Chapter 8: Revisiting Carbohydrates 115

Chapter 9: Equipping Yourself For Success 127

Part III: Meal Planning for Better Health 141

Chapter 10: Exposing Barriers to Healthy Eating 143

Chapter 11: Setting Priorities and Staying on Track 157

Chapter 12: Shopping for the Best Food Choices 173

Part IV: Ready, Set, Plan 191

Chapter 13: Customizing Your Meals 193

Chapter 14: Modifying Popular Diet Plans 219

Chapter 15: What’s On the Menu: Having a Plan for Eating Out 239

Chapter 16: Choosing Sensible Beverages and Snacks 253

Part V: Putting It All Together: Seven Delicious Days Managing Your Diabetes 267

Chapter 17: Reviewing a Seven-Day Menu 269

Chapter 18: Starting Your Recipe Collection 281

Part VI: The Part of Tens 307

Chapter 19: Ten Diabetes “Power Foods” 309

Chapter 20: Ten Diabetes-Friendly Foods Costing Less Than $1.00 315

Chapter 21: Ten Healthy Food Swaps for Losing Weight 319

Part VII: The Appendixes 325

Appendix A: Diabetes Exchange Lists 327

Appendix B: Ethnic Carbohydrate Foods 341

Appendix C: Conversions 345

Index 349

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