The tracker here on SP is very helpful when planning meals. You can quickly get an overview of how your meals/day adds up. I found it took some time to add everything to the tracker in the beginning, but now I find it very effortless to use.
I have definitely been researching on the internet tons. I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes when pregnant 5 years ago, and this turned out to be a huge blessing to me diet-wise. I HAD to learn how to plan very balanced and nutritious meals, and quickly. I could not have been more motivated, as the health of my baby was on the line.
In addition to the motivation I was offered great resources; monthly meetings with a endocrinologist and a 2 hour meeting with a diabetes nurse specializing in nutrition to help me plan my diet. Having worked as a cook for many years, I pretty much had the basis down regarding putting together balanced tasty meals, but I needed some tweaking to make them healthy and suitable for controlling diabetes as well.
You don't need a lot of cooking experience to combine a cubed apple, high protein Greek yogurt and a small handful pumpkin seeds, still it makes a healthy balanced snack/meal. For dinner my plate usually consists of 1/2 non-starchy vegetables/salad stir-fried or sprinkled in healthy fats, 1/4 lean protein and 1/4 carbohydrates (starchy vegetables, grains). I like to keep it simple. Good luck!
Edited by: CERTHIA at: 8/20/2013 (06:18)
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