What Are The Five Food Groups?2
To get the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy — include the five food groups in your diet.
How to Balance Your Diet Using the Plate Method3
You don't have to completely change your diet to eat healthier. Many people with diabetes find it helpful to plan their meals with the right balance of protein, carbs, and vegetables.
Here's an example of how the "plate method" can help you manage portion sizes and types of food you eat:
How to Measure Your Portion Sizes with the Handy Guide3
While knowing the five food groups is essential for maintaining a healthy diet, understanding how to measure portion sizes for the different foods you eat is just as important.
The Handy Guide is an easy and convenient way for you to measure portion sizes.
Keep in mind that these portion estimates are based on the average size of a woman's hand. So while the "Handy Guide" method is a good way to estimate portions, a more accurate way to measure serving sizes is to measure and weigh foods first.
Now that you know more about the five food groups, balancing your diet, and eating healthy portions, here are some additional tips for eating healthy4
- Reduce your fat, salt, and sugar intake
- Drink plenty of water
- Drink less alcohol to avoid drops in blood sugar (glucose) levels
- Eat the right portion, at the right time
- Consult a dietician on when, what, and how much to eat
- Never skip meals to avoid drops in blood sugar (glucose) levels
Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference!5
Making small changes in your diet by including the five food groups in your diet and eating the right portion sizes can make a big difference in your health.
You've Just Completed the Living With Diabetes Section
Congratulations! You should now have a better understanding of how to eat healthy.
Managing and keeping track of your type 2 diabetes and blood sugar (glucose) levels can be a challenge — that's why we have provided several resources for you to download and use including a Logbook to track your blood sugar (glucose) levels and our Healthy Eating Guide.