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1800 Diabetic Diet Information

Here's information about a diabetic diet on an average of 1800 calories of food a day. You need about about 1,600 to 2,000 calories if you are a large woman who wants to lose weight or a small man at a healthy weight or a medium man who does not exercise much or a medium to large man who wants to lose weight.

Choose this many servings from these food groups to have around 1800 calories a day:

8 starches
2 milk and yogurt
4 vegetables
2 meat or meat substitute
up to 4 fats
3 fruit

Starches are bread, grains, cereal, crackers, beans, yams, pasta, rice,or starchy vegetables like corn and potatoes. They give your body energy, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Whole grain starches are healthier because they have more vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

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For the right size of your food servings, you can use measuring cups, measuring spoons and a food scale
Also, the Nutrition Facts label on food packages tells you how much of that food is in one serving.
Weigh or measure foods to make sure you eat the right amounts. These tips will help you choose the right serving sizes.

Measure a serving size of dry cereal or hot cereal, pasta, or rice and pour it into a bowl or plate. The next time you eat that food, use the same bowl or plate and fill it to the same level.

For one serving of milk, measure 1 cup and pour it into a glass. See how high it fills the glass. Always drink milk out of that size glass.

Meat weighs more before it's cooked. For example, 4 ounces of raw meat will weigh about 3 ounces after cooking. For meat with a bone, like a pork chop or chicken leg, cook 5 ounces raw to get 3 ounces cooked.

One serving of meat or meat substitute is about the size and thickness of the palm of your hand or a deck of cards.

A small fist is equal to about 1/2 cup of fruit, vegetables, or starches like rice.

A small fist is equal to 1 small piece of fresh fruit.

A thumb is equal to about 1 ounce of meat or cheese.

The tip of a thumb is equal to about 1 teaspoon

You may talk with your diabetes advisor to make a plan that fits the way you usually eat, your daily routine, and your diabetes medicines.

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