Home > Medical > Diabetes > Tools Am I eating right for my diabetes? All sections in Tools » Fitness » Diet » Mind » Medical » General Diet plays an enormous part in managing your diabetes. Not only does a healthy diet keep your weight in check, but it also enables you to manage your blood sugar levels. How many meals and snacks do you eat daily? Irregular meals and / or less than threeThree meals including snacksThree meals as well as snacks in-between meals How many of your meals/snacks contain starches (e.g. cereal, bread, crackers, potato)? One or lessTwoThree or more Is the rice, pasta, bread, cereal you eat mainly: White or refined e.g. cornflakes, white bread and white riceWhole-wheat or brown e.g. All-Bran, whole-wheat bread and 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 in the eating plan of a diabetic? 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 weekSeldom or never When do you consume alcohol? One or more hours before or after a mealAlways with a meal or rarely consume alcohol Do you have a snack or meal both before and after exercise? NoYes How often do you eat sweets, chocolates, cakes, puddings or sweet biscuits? Three or more times a weekOne to two times a weekSeldom or never If you do eat sweets, chocolates etc., do you eat them with a meal or as a snack in-between meals? Usually in-between mealsUsually with a meal or 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? Not dailyOne 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 weekNot 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 usual weight considered normal? No - I am more than 10 kg overweightNo - I am 5-10 kg overweight or underweight or unsureI am within 5 kg 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 itIn normal range more than 50% of the timeAlmost 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 in place of sugar? 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