Tuesday, March 03, 2009

2,000 Calorie Diabetic Diets

Diabetic Diets

A 2,000-calorie diabetic diets means that you have no more and no less than 2,000 calories of food helpings per day. This diet is not at all a no-sugar diet, no-carb diet. Rather, it is a healthy diet which contains all the food groups but is low in calories and fat.

When on a 2,000-calorie diabetic diets, the ideal breakfast should consist of two slices of bread or two rice cakes or half a cup of pasta, one cup of skimmed milk or a cup of sugar-free yogurt, one egg in any form, boiled or poached or scrambled and surely one serving of one’s favorite fruit. One can have a sandwich, too, and the margarine spread on it will contribute to the fat portion of the breakfast. The egg can be substituted with two slices of bacon. The idea is that the breakfast of the diabetic patient incorporates all the goodness of the various food groups.

For lunch, one can have a bowl of pasta, two servings of your favorite vegetables and a meat product, for example chicken or turkey. Ideally, the vegetables and the meat should not be cooked in too much oil, for oil itself contributes to calories. The pasta can be substituted with a cup of cooked brown rice or two to three slices of bread. Fish, too, can be had for lunch, for it is an excellent source of vitamins.

The afternoon snack can consist of a fruit, two to three saltines or crackers, and half a cup of tea or coffee made with artificial sweetener. A helping of cheese can also be eaten at this time of the day.

For dinner, there should be three servings of meat or fish, like salmon or tuna, which is best served baked or roasted; half of a baked potato or two to three slices of bread; two helpings of vegetables; and a fruit. One can have a cup of milk accompanied by cheese or a few saltines as the nightcap.

Different combinations can make up a 2,000-calorie diet, but before undertaking this type of diet, it is important to obtain the green signal from the dietician.

By: Eddie Tobey

Monday, March 02, 2009

1,200 Calorie Diabetic Diets

Diabetic Diets

Obesity is the bane of diabetes. These two conditions occurring in conjunction result in a complicated medical condition, which in turn can have serious repercussions. So when you are diabetic and also obese, counting your calories is a must. And if you are a woman, with either an active or sedentary lifestyle, or a man leading a more or less inactive lifestyle, then a 1,200 calorie diet is ideal for you. The diet is intended to restrict the intake of calories without compromising on the nutritional value of the food partaken.

Breakfast can consist of a cup of cereals, skimmed milk, a cup of any fruit and a muffin. This need not be an everyday affair. A 1,200-calorie diet requires that you stick to the calorie count while eating the right kind of food; how exactly you follow the regime is up to you. For instance, you can substitute the cereals with bread, have a little bit of cheese instead of muffin, and have a different kind of fruit everyday, say blueberries one day and an orange another day. These variations will ensure that you do not run out of steam as you follow the diet.

For lunch, you have the choice of baked chicken, a piece of ham, or a fish of some kind (for example, tuna or salmon), any kind of vegetable (i.e., tomato, lettuce or cucumber). If you want to go light on the midday meal, you can have yogurt, a fruit of some sort, salad tossed with lightweight dressing and some unsweetened coffee. About half a cup of white rice with few servings of vegetables and diet soda would be another choice.

For the afternoon snack you can munch on nuts, cashew nuts or almonds and have a cup of tea. But do not gorge on hamburgers, fries and Coke. This will undo all the good work that you have done during the breakfast and lunch.

If you had a light lunch, you can compensate for it at dinnertime with turkey, two to three kinds of vegetables like broccoli, tomatoes, or beans, and maybe one wheat roll. If it was a heavy lunch, the dinner should be easy on the stomach with a few slices of bacon, cornbread and a piece of orange or an apple.

The idea of a 1,200-calorie diabetic meal is not that every time you sit down to eat, you need to have weighing scales or a calorie meter on hand. A 1,200-calorie diabetic diet plan just entails eating right, eating frequently and stopping short of overstuffing oneself.

By:Eddie Tobey

Diabetic Diets - Be Prepared When You Visit A Dietician

Diabetic Diets

Diabetes is extremely common, in fact there are around 2 million people with this disease in the uk alone.

It is caused by your body either not producing enough insulin or not using the body's own insulin as well as it should. This causes the sugar levels in your blood to rise. Some of the symptoms for diabetes include:- - excessive thirst - excessive amounts of urine - weight loss - fatigue - irritated skin (itching) - dry mouth

Management of diabetes can not be achieved unless you follow diabetic diets, if you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes then you should receive advice from a dietitian regarding which diabetic diets are best for you to follow.

When you visit your dietitian they will provide you with knowledge of how to eat healthily and will most likely suggest lifestyle changes in order to reduce the risk of obesity and to ensure you stay at weight that suits your frame and height.

Diabetic diets do not just eliminate your sugar intake they are designed to help you reduce and monitor your fat intake providing you with a healthy diet that will control your cholesterol level, blood pressure and blood glucose which will lower the risk of other health problems.

If you need to loose weight and have diabetes ask your dietitian for diabetic diets that not only control your sugar intake but will also help you achieve your optimum weight. You will need to loose the weight slowly and follow a strict diet rather than just cutting out meals as this can cause your levels of sugar within your body to fall extremely quickly.

Introducing a fitness plan will help loose and maintain your weight as well as help control your blood sugar. Muscle movement burns calories and sugar reducing the sugar levels within your body.

Before you begin your exercise programme it is important to remember you may need to take some precautions. If you take insulin or any form of oral diabetes medication you will need to check your blood sugar levels before you begin. If they are less than 100 mg/dl you may need to take a carbohydrate snake before you begin and it is wise to check your levels at regular intervals during your exercise. If you are planning to exercise for a long duration of time make sure you plan carbohydrate snacks at regular intervals depending on your blood sugar levels.

Diabetes diets and exercise really is not that different to that of a healthy person as it follows the same nutrition principles, however if you have been diagnosed with diabetes then it is extremely important to stick to the diet. Always seek medical advice before starting any diet to ensure you understand the best and safest ways to stay fit and healthy and achieve your goals.

BY:Allen Jesson