Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
January 17, 2001
Meal Planning, Food and Diet
Question from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA:
I am 54 years old, was diagnosed with type�2 diabetes three years ago, and I am still not controlled. My diet habits stink, and I want to do better at eating the right amounts of food. My doctor doesn't know of any books that are detailed for daily amounts. Are there any books out that tell someone how many carbs, fats and sugars, and the amount of sodium a person with diabetes can have at each meal? That would may it easier to add them up at the end of the day.
Unfortunately, there are no books that will substitute for an individualized nutrition counseling session with a registered dietitian. Ask you doctor for a referral to a dietitian who specializes in diabetes to help you develop a meal plan conducive to your lifestyle. An RD can also suggest healthier food choices and ways of eating.
The Exchange List for Meal Planning booklet, available from the American Diabetes Association, is a good reference for types of foods and portion sizes once a distribution of carbs, protein, and fat has been determined.