VISN 2 Diseases and Conditions - New York/New Jersey VA Health Care Network
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New York/New Jersey VA Health Care Network


VISN 2 Diseases and Conditions

Diabetes Meal Planning: Plan Your Plate
fruit - apple
picture of a gallon of milk
image of a plate plan
Don’t skip meals
Try for 3 per day and space 4-5 hours apart

Eat smaller portions

Eat out less
no more than 3 times a week

Include healthy foods everyday
vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts,
beans and peas, low-fat dairy

Be physically active
start with 10 minutes each day and work up

Avoid sugar-sweetened beverages and fruit juice
The foods in blue are carbohydrates and will raise blood glucose.
Choose 3-4 servings from blue group at each meal until you see a dietitian for your meal plan.
Blood Glucose Targets*
70-130 before meals • less than 180 2 hours after meals • A1C less than 7
*Your Provider may advise different targets
For More Information on Diabetes Meal Planning - Foods in Groups