Home > Medical > Diabetes > Tools Am I eating right for my diabetes? All sections in Tools » Fitness » Diet » Mind » Medical » General If you have diabetes, you must be careful about what you eat, how much you eat and when you eat. Assess your diet to check if you're managing your diabetes as well as you possibly can. How many meals and snacks do you eat every day? Irregular meals and/or less than three mealsThree meals in totalThree meals as well as snacks in between meals How many of your meals/snacks contain fibre-rich starches (e.g. high-fibre cereal, low-GI brown bread, sweet potato)? One or lessTwoThree or more Is the rice, pasta, bread and cereal you eat mainly: White or refined, e.g. corn flakes, white bread, white riceWhole-wheat, low-GI and/or brown, e.g. high-fibre bran, whole-wheat bread, brown rice How many pieces of fruit do you eat daily (excluding fruit juice)? Often nothingOne to twoThree or more Are you aware of the use of the glycaemic index (GI) in the diet of diabetics? No or unsureYes How many alcoholic drinks do you consume? Daily consumption or more than two drinksNo more than one or two drinks approximately three times a weekI seldom or never drink When do you consume alcohol? One or more hours before or after a mealAlways with a meal, or I rarely consume alcohol Do you have a snack or meal before and after exercise? NoYes How often do you eat sweets, chocolates, cakes, rusks, puddings or cookies? Three or more times a weekOne to two times a weekSeldom or never If you do eat sweets and chocolates, do you eat them with a meal or as a snack in between meals? Usually in between mealsUsually with a meal, or I seldom eat these foods Would you consider diabetic chocolate or biscuits a healthy substitute? Yes, or unsureNo How many different types of vegetables do you eat daily? I don't eat more than one type of veggie per dayOne to twoThree or more Do you know how to read food labels to ensure a low-fat, low-sugar intake? No or unsureYes Do you cut all visible fat and skin off meat and chicken before cooking it? NoSometimesAlways How often do you eat processed meats (e.g. sausage, salami), pastries or fried foods? Four or more times a weekNo more than three times a weekSeldom or never Which dairy products (milk, cheese, yoghurt) do you use most often? Full creamReduced fat or low fatMostly fat free Is your weight considered normal? No, I'm more than 10kg overweightNo, I'm 5-10kg overweight or underweight or unsureI'm within 5kg of a normal, healthy weight How often does your blood-glucose level fall outside the normal range (fasting: 4,4-6,1 mmol/L; non-fasting: 4,4-8 mmol/L) when you test it? Almost every time, or I hardly ever test itIt's in the normal range more than 50% of the timeIt's almost always in the normal range Does your HbA1c level fall within the normal range when your doctor tests it? No, or never have it tested, or unsureYes Do you use artificial sweeteners instead of sugar? NoSometimesAlways or I don't use sugar or sweetener How many artificial sweeteners do you use in a day? More than eightSix to eightLess than six Diet Tools Fitness Tools General Tools Medical Tools Mind Tools Am I eating correctly to lose weight? Am I eating correctly to stabilise my blood sugar levels? Am I eating right for my diabetes? Am I eating right to improve insulin resistance? Am I eating to control PMS? Am I eating to optimise my health? Am I eating to optimise my pregnancy? Am I eating to prevent heartburn? Am I eating too little protein? Am I eating too much fat? Am I eating too much protein? Am I eating too much sugar? Am I feeding my baby correctly? 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