Diabetic Meal Plans, Delivered to Your Door
MagicKitchen.com delivers meal plans for diabetics. We have a large number of individual dishes like Beef Lasagna with Zucchini & Onion Sauté.
The meals are based on a standard 2000 calorie per day diet while minimizing the sodium, carbohydrates (Sugars) and the protein size. That's the technical side, but here's what Mark M. had to say: "The crab cakes are fantastic! According to my father, it's the best crab cakes he's ever tasted. He finds all the meals terrific and we will continue to order them monthly, which will make us happy to know that he is getting a delicious, well balanced meal!"
Creating a Diabetic Meal Plan That Pleases
So you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes. While it’s a natural reaction to be surprised and maybe even a little depressed, the first thing you have to realize is that this disease is manageable; it is not a death sentence. And with a bit of hard work and planning, you might find that the rest of your life is the best yet.
So let’s set exercise and medicine and insulin aside for now and concentrate on the one thing that everyone wants to know: Can I still eat my favorite foods??
The answer is yes. And no. With planning and moderation, meals can be as good as ever.
One important element of meal planning for diabetics is timing. Those with diabetes need to eat on a regular schedule in order to keep their blood sugar level on an even keel. Most dietitians recommend eating 4-6 small meals a day rather than the traditional three meals that the rest of us gorge on.
You might want to consider sing a diabetic meal delivery service. There are a lot of good options to choose from, but it’s not the right path for everyone. For one thing, it’s certainly pricier than cooking your own food. And some people just like to cook.
So here’s a look at creating your own meals, all while maintaining your health and pleasing your palate.
- Determine your goals. All diabetic meals need to be “healthy,” but if you have Type 2 Diabetes, you’ll also want to plan your meals to help you lose weight, because weight loss will help in controlling blood glucose, the key to managing the disease.
- Surprisingly, carbohydrates are not a banned substance. But if they are simple carbohydrates (sugars) or even complex carbs in the form of starches, they will turn to blood glucose in a hurry and raise the body’s blood sugar levels. Eat them in moderation (a few bites) or substitute your old favorites with new choices such as fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains.
- Fiber is your friend. Add fiber to your diet whenever you can – whole grains, veggies and fruit are great choices that also taste good.
- Try something fishy. Twice a week. Baked or broiled tuna, cod, salmon and halibut are good choices. Avoid deep fried fish that tastes good, but offers little in terms of nutrition.
- Just like those who are dieting to lose weight, you know the food to avoid: trans fats, saturated fats, and anything high in sodium or cholesterol.
- Count your carbohydrates. Monitoring your carb intake will help you feel – and be – your healthiest.
- Watch and manage portion size.
- Learn the exchange system. A dietitian can help you learn which foods are “equal” to other foods. Once you are familiar with the system you can trade a serving of one thing for a different type of food that works better with a certain meal – or just plain satisfies a craving.