Mindful Eating and a Day of Diabetic-Friendly Meal Planning
Getting Started With Good Food
When you learn that you're diabetic, you need to become mindful of what you eat. It's the quickest way to bring your blood sugars back in check. Mindful eating is about always being aware of what you put in your mouth. Once you get used to portion size and how it relates to your health, your blood sugar levels will follow.
Foods that are as close to their natural form as possible are best. Some foods need to be cooked by steaming and combined with other foods for their best nutrient absorption. Eating good food more often will help your body use glucose more effectively, instead of overwhelming it by eating only a couple times a day. Some people find eating this often to be difficult. Once you get used to it, you'll see how much better you feel.
I am starting this article with a food list to help you purchase the food you will need to complete a full day's worth of meals and snacks. The list can be copied so you can use it for your own shopping needs. After that, I share a meal plan that provides 3 meals and 3 snacks.
Now let's get started with your mindful eating day plan.
Food Shopping List
This list is to help you shop for the food items you need to make mindful meals and snacks. You can copy and paste it into your smartphone, or print it off and take it with you to the store. I keep a list on my iPhone under "Notes."
- Brown/wild rice
- Whole wheat pasta
- Sourdough or rye bread
- Hot cereal
- Whole grain crackers
- Other fish
- Canned tuna (in water, not oil)
- Low-fat lunch meat
- Lean beef or pork
- Herbal tea
- Vegetable juice (low-sodium)
- 2% milk or almond milk
- Cheese or cottage cheese
- Plain Greek yogurt
- Graham crackers
- Sugar-free Jell-O
- Sugar-free pudding
- Peanut butter (natural only)
- Frozen dinners
- Sugar-free ice cream or sorbet
- Low-salt canned vegetables
- Canned fruit in its own juices (watch for added sugars)
- Broth—chicken or beef (look for organic)
- Lemon juice
- Ketchup (limit amounts)
- Olive oil or cold-pressed coconut oil
- Salad dressing (no sugar)
- Sugar-free spices
- Berries of any kind
- Beans—white, navy, or pinto
- Green beans
- Green onion
- Onions—red or yellow
- Romaine lettuce
Calorie and Carb Counts for Raw Foods
The calorie counts are based on 100 grams of veggies. Fruit is per fruit.
- Asparagus (20 calories) (3.9 g carbs)
- Apples (52 calories) per fruit, (5.2 g carbs)
- Beets (43 calories) (13 g carbs)
- Broccoli (34 calories) (7 g carbs)
- Brussels sprouts (43 calories) (9 g carbs)
- Carrots (41 calories) (10 g carbs)
- Cabbage (25 calories) (5.8 g carbs)
- Cauliflower (25 calories) (5.3 g carbs)
- Celery (16 calories) (3 g carbs)
- Cucumber (16 calories) (3.6 g carbs)
- Grapefruit (42 calories) per fruit, (4 g carbs)
- Kale (49 calories) (10 g carbs)
- Lemons (29 calories) (9.3 g carbs)
- Onions (40 calories) (9 g carbs)
- Oranges (47 calories) per fruit, (4.9 g carbs)
- Tomatoes (17 calories) (4 g carbs)
- Watermelon (30 calories) per cup, (3 g carbs)
- Zucchini (17 calories) (3 g carbs)
What's a Carb?
Carbs or carbohydrates need to be kept low.
Carbs, just like sugar, turn to glucose in your body.
They are foods that contain starch.
There are both high- and low-index carbs.
Natural food carbs are best.
A diabetic plan should be low-index foods or low-carb.
The saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day really is true. Through the night, your body is fasting. When you eat, it starts your metabolism going again. Picture the food as the fuel that keeps your furnace or body functioning effectively.
- 2 eggs and 1 piece of sourdough bread.
- 1/2 cup of oatmeal with 1/2 cup of fruit, instead of eggs and bread.
- 1 English muffin with an egg and back bacon is also a good way to start your day.
- 1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt with mixed berries, 1 teaspoon honey, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.
- 1 cup of coffee or herbal tea.
If you aren't used to eating breakfast, turn the yogurt and fruit into a smoothie. Add a powder protein or whey powder. Follow the instructions on the label.
Breakfast Is Important
Do You Eat Breakfast?
Snacks: Eat 2–3 a Day
Keep your body running smoothly by eating a snack between each meal. Then at night have a snack about 2 hours before bed. Your snacks shouldn't have more than 20 carbs.
- 1 cup fresh fruit, mix it up so you get a variety of nutrients.
- 1 cup raw vegetables like carrots, colored peppers, celery, and cucumbers. Mix more than what you need for a snack and keep in the fridge for an easy and quick snack.
- Homemade trail mix—1 handful is a serving. Mix together in a bowl: 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, 1/4 cup dried cranberries, 1/4 cup raisins, 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, 1/4 cup dried blueberries, and 1/2 cup almonds. Pour the mix into a Ziploc bag or glass jar. Seal and have on hand when you need a snack.
- The yogurt and berry mix in the breakfast ideas above can also be used as a snack.
- 4 soda crackers and 4 small slices of block cheese; either marble or mozzarella makes a good snack. If you're a fan of pickles, baby dills are great with this snack. Only have 2 or 3 pickles and slice them up.
- Individually packed yogurts are convenient to have. Just make sure there is less than 6 grams of sugar and no syrup or added sugar. I use the Greek yogurt.
Lunch or Dinner: Super Salad Recipe
- 3 tomatoes, diced
- 1 large English cucumber, sliced
- 4 green onions, chopped
- 1/2 ounce feta cheese, crumbled
- 1/2 cup Greek dressing
- 1 pinch of black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
- Mix all vegetables together in a salad bowl and toss.
- Add black pepper, feta cheese, and garlic and pour over the salad.
- Add the dressing.
- Toss everything together and place in the fridge till serving time.
Only eat when I am hungry
Not eat when I am emotional
Eat for the last time before 8 PM
Not add salt or sugar to my food
Not drink my calories
Snack on fruit and veggies
Use portion control
by using a snack-size plate
Now You Can Be Mindful of What You Eat
Now you have a good start on how to be mindful of what you eat. Whether its preparing breakfast, lunch or dinner. Even the snacks you choose between the meals will nourish and fuel your body. You can mix it up, add items you love or add foods that are good for you. I suggest you use a snack size plate, it helps with portion control.
Sometimes it's enough to get blood sugars under control. The addition of more raw foods and good snacks will make it even better. This is a guide to get you started, the rest is up to you. You will never know how good real food is until try it. Now its your turn, comment below with changes you've made and if anything that helped you more than anything else. May you feel as good as real food tastes. Health and happiness to all.
© 2017 Terrie Lynn