The High on Diabetes, Part 3: To Lose Weight, Gain Health-Diabetic Menu Plan Ideas

Eating off a diabetic menu plan just because you are diabetic does not put an end to enjoyable, satisfying, and delicious meals every day.  Sure, if you love junkie food, the plan may seem just a little too non-sweet; but after just a few days on foods that will actually help your body fight diabetes, you will begin to enjoy real food again.  After all, food was made to be enjoyed—you will quickly learn to enjoy even simple, whole-food delights.  Check out the following sample diabetic menu plans to find some new spice for your mealtimes.

Average, “Daily Bread” Sample Menu Plan for Diabetics

Rise n’ Shine Morning Meal
1 slice whole wheat toast with a quarter cup cottage cheese and a dash of cinnamon
½ cup oatmeal with ½ cup skim milk and ½ banana

Pick-Me-Up Morning Snack
1 oz. string cheese
1 small fruit

Midday Meal
1 cup veggie soup with around 5 crackers
Turkey sandwich with 2 slices whole wheat bread, 1 oz. low-fat cheese, 1 tsp. mayo, 1 ounce turkey, lettuce, and tomato
Small apple

Evening Meal
4 oz. broiled chicken with 2/3 cup brown rice
Veggie salad with 2 T. Low-fat dressing
1 whole grain dinner roll
1 small slice angel food cake

Before-Bed Snack
3 cups lightly buttered popcorn

As seen above, diabetic menu plans are by no means less than satisfying.  The above menu plan is designed strictly for those who are trying to control their blood sugar levels, nothing more.  Here is another sample menu plan with a slightly different approach:  by conscientiously combining certain foods (even supposedly fattening foods!), you can not only lower your blood sugar levels, but also lose more than a few unwanted pounds. For further information on this approach, check your local library for Suzanne Somers’ Eat, Cheat, and Melt the Fat Away.

Breakfast (9:00 a.m.)
Frittatta with feta, tomatoes, fresh basil, and fresh rosemary
Sugar-free turkey sausage links

Lunch (1:00 p.m.)
Tuna salad lettuce wraps

Afternoon Snack (4:00 p.m.)
Apple and grape fruit salad (diced with a bit of lemon juice and cinnamon)

Dinner (6:00 p.m.)
Green salad with tomatoes, peppers, and red onions (use lemon juice as a light dressing)
Whole Wheat Penne Arrabiatta

Evening snack (9:00p.m.)
A slice of cheddar cheese

This method of combining foods is based on what a diabetic diet aims to do:  reduce blood sugar levels.  Suzanne Somers’ diet is an excellent diet for diabetics because it allows them to eat deliciously while reducing blood sugar levels, losing weight, balancing hormones, and enjoying life.

Each of these sample plans could be considered a healthy diet for diabetics.  The key to both plans’ healthiness lies in the diabetic’s conscious choice to implement plenty of vegetables into the daily diet.  While the first diet is mainly for diabetics wishing to control their problems, the second plan is one designed to help diabetics, overweight people, and those wishing to get their hormones and blood sugars back under control.

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