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.
August 12, 2002
Meal Planning, Food and Diet
Question from Salt Lake City, Utah, USA:
I have not been diagnosed with diabetes, but my doctor says I am borderline. I was told to exercise and diet, and they will check me again in a year. What kind of foods can or can't I eat? The nurse just said to cut back on things with high sugars, high carbohydrates, and high in fats, but a lot of foods contain all of those. Especially with my current eating habits, that doesn't leave a lot of options for me for food that I like.
I would suggest you take direction from the Food Guide Pyramid. It recommends a moderate amount of portions from each of the various food groups (starches, fruits, vegetables, milk/dairy, proteins, fat and sweets).
If you need assistance with an individualized meal plan (even for somebody who may not have diabetes, but prediabetes), ask your physician for a referral to a registered dietitian who specializes in diabetes meal planning. They can give you recommendations for your specific lifestyle and food preferences.