10 Tips For Living Healthily With Type 2 Diabetes

By Hannah de Gruchy / Nutrition / June 20th, 2022

3. Use the healthy plate method

Use the healthy plate method

Sometimes referred to as the diabetes plate method, the healthy plate method is a simple way of visualising each plate of food you consume to help manage your blood sugar levels. Like many of our top tips for eating healthily with type 2 diabetes, it’s the same advice given to anyone looking to eat healthily, so it doesn’t need to be daunting or make you feel different in any way.

The idea is to fill half your plate with vegetables such as greens, cabbage, broccoli, carrots, green beans, peas, salad vegetables and squashes. Then, fill a quarter of your plate with lean proteins including chicken breast, fish, eggs, low fat cottage cheese, beans, lentils, nuts and soya based foods.

Finally, fill the remaining quarter with carbohydrates such as brown bread, pasta or rice, grains or fruits. Try to stick with this for all meals, even ‘combination foods’ such as soups or sandwiches, which may need a little extra visualising.

The healthy plate method of 50% vegetables, 25% lean protein and 25% carbs will help to keep your diet healthy and balanced and your blood sugars more stabilised.


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