You can take simple steps to improve your eating habits for healthier living with diabetes. Follow these simple tips to make a difference in your health:

  • Keep a food diary.

  • Figure out why you eat the way that you do.

  • Avoid missing a meal; eat at regular times.

  • Sit down for meals.

  • Use water in place of caloric drinks.

  • Include vegetables in all meals.

  • Cook with half the fat you usually use.

  • Remove all visible fat.

  • Don’t add salt.

  • Flavor with condiments, herbs, and spices.

  • Cook by the B’s: Braise, broil, or boil.

  • Follow portion sizes. To determine the size of a portion, compare it to something you see regularly. For example:

    Three ounces of meat is the size of a deck of cards.

    A medium fruit is the size of a tennis ball.

    A medium potato is the size of a computer mouse.

    A medium bagel is the size of a hockey puck.

    An ounce of cheese is the size of a domino.

    A cup of fruit is the size of a baseball.

    A cup of broccoli is the size of a light bulb.