Diabetes & Carb Counting For Dummies
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For many people with type 2 diabetes, blood-glucose levels can be adequately controlled with simple carbohydrate portioning guidelines. Rather than counting carbs precisely, the plate method offers a quick visual tool for portioning foods. The plate method not only helps manage carb intake, but it can also help with weight control by setting serving size limits. Here's how it works:
  • Fill 1/4 of your dinner plate with grain, bread, or starchy vegetables.
  • Reserve 1/4 of the plate for lean protein, then load up 1/2 of the plate with salad or low-carb vegetables.
  • Opt for a small serving of fruit and a cup of reduced fat milk if desired.
  • Here's an additional visual check: Keep the protein serving the size of the palm of your own hand and the starch portion the size or your clenched fist.

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Sherri Shafer, RD, CDE, is a senior registered dietitian and a certified diabetes educator at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. She teaches diabetes self-management workshops and provides nutrition counseling for individuals with type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, and gestational dia-betes. She is also the author of Diabetes Type 2: Complete Food Management Program.

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