Is there such a thing as a Diabetes Diet ?

by Barbara Allan, CDE, RD


If you have ever heard the term “diabetes diet” you are not alone. For many years there has been the concept of a diabetes diet, with a specific amount of carbohydrates, protein and fat, and a set routine for meals and snacks. Traditionally, sugar has been taboo. And don’t we all dislike the very word “diet”?!

Fortunately, the Canadian and American Diabetes Associations have examined the research over the past years and today recognize there really is not a one-size-fits-all diabetes diet. These organizations state it is important to recognize the individual’s needs, health goals, food preferences, culture and other aspects. This allows a dietitian to better craft a meal plan that really suits you. In fact, that’s exactly what your NTY Registered Dietitians (RD) are able to do.

When you meet with your RD be ready to discuss your health goals, eating habits and lifestyle. She will also consider your recent lab work.

Health Goals; which ones are yours?

 manage my blood glucose
 manage my heart health, including blood cholesterol and blood pressure
 gain, lose or maintain my weight
 meet my overall nutritional needs
 manage other health conditions, not related to diabetes

In creating a meal plan for you, our Dietitians will take into consideration some key healthy eating principles which include consumption of whole grains, lean protein foods, healthy fats and an abundance of vegetables and fruit. While the essence of these principles are outlined in Canada’s Food Guide, we teach food groups and portions in a way that makes it so much easier to follow – with no measuring or weighing food and no counting “points”.

Elements that will be factored into designing your individual meal plan (based on your age, height, weight, activity level and blood sugar levels and other lab results) and we help you to know how to:

choose low and medium glycemic index foods more often (and helping you understand what the glycemic index is!)

limit saturated and trans fat (also helping you understand what these are and where they’re found)

reduce sodium (and still having food taste good!)

understand carbohydrate grams (and which vegetables really should be counted as “carbs” and not vegetables)

label reading for maximum nutrition 

vitamin, mineral or other supplements

understanding how to fit in “treats” (there’s really no food you “can’t” have; its how much and how often)

Why not contact us today and have our Dietitian create a meal plan just for you, based on your health goals, your lifestyle and the foods you like and don’t like.

Please click on the “Contact Us” tab above to send us a note and let us know how we can help. We can send you information about packages and prices…and remember, we bring Nutrition to You!