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New Healthy Eating Guidelines & Food Pyramid

New Healthy Eating Guidelines & Food Pyramid

Diabetes Ireland > Latest News > New Healthy Eating Guidelines & Food Pyramid New Healthy Eating Guidelines & Food Pyramid The Department of Health keeps dietary recommendations under review as part of its role in promoting evidence based public health. As part of this review, the newHealthy Food for Life the Healthy Eating Guidelines and Food Pyramidhave been developed by the Department working in partnership with other experts in nutrition in Ireland. Healthy Food for Lifeis a toolkit which includes a new Food Pyramid and guidance materials to help people makes choices to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. The resources reflect best national and international evidence and advice. The guidance applies for everyone from 5 years of age upwards. Diabetes Ireland welcomes the new guidelines and updated food pyramid, and especially the examples of meal plans for typical Irish people which help demonstrate how to use the guidelines in a practical way. The key messages for healthy eating are as follows: Limit high fat, sugar and salt foods from the top shelf of the Pyramid to no more than once or twice a week with suggested serving no more than 100 calories (small un-iced bun, bar chocolate, 2 plain biscuits, 1 scoop ice-cream) Eat more fruit and vegetables, at least 5 to 7 servings a day aim for half your plate at each mealtime, and have a piece of fruit as a snack if hungry between meals Portions of starchy carbohydrate vary depending on a persons age, size, activity level, and gender. 3-5 portions are suggested daily, with a variety of foods recommended. 1 serving = 1/3 cup dry oats, 1 cup of cooked pasta/rice, 2 thin slices of bread. Use the Pyramid as a guide for serving sizes and remember that the Pyramid to Sample Food Plans outlined on are based on a persons age, siz Continue reading >>

Suggested Servings From Each Food Group

Suggested Servings From Each Food Group

Healthy For Good Home > Eat smart home > Eat smart articles > Suggested Servings from Each Food Group If youre looking for a simple way to watch your weight & eat healthy, follow this handy serving size chart to understand portions. Its easier than you think! Confused by all the different diets being touted as the healthiest way to eat? One friend will only eat raw food, another has gone full paleo on you, and yet another has sworn off gluten! The good news is, theres a science-based healthy eating plan that doesnt require you to give up all the foods you love. The American Heart Association recommends an overall healthy dietary pattern tailored to your personal and cultural food preferences. This pattern can include a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, legumes, fish, skinless poultry, nuts, and fat-free/low-fat dairy products, and should limit sugary drinks, sweets, fatty or processed meats, solid fats, and salty or highly processed foods. Its all about making smart choices. Here are the recommended number of daily or weekly servings of each food type, based on eating a total of 2,000 calories per day. Your calorie needs may be different, depending on your age, activity level and whether you are trying to lose, gain or maintain your weight. To find your recommended daily calories, use the NIH Body Weight Planner found atDont worry, you dont have to measure everything you eat. Weve provided a few examples of what represents one serving of common foods. Be sure to check the Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods to understand the serving size and number of servings per package. And be aware of portion distortion. The recommended serving size is often less than the amount youre used to eating or the portion you are served, especially at restaurants. At Continue reading >>

Myplate

Myplate

Home / MyPlateMyPlate MyPlate is a reminder to find your healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime. Everything you eat and drink matters. The right mix can help you be healthier now and in the future. This means: Focus on variety, amount, and nutrition. Choose foods and beverages with less saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars. Start with small changes to build healthier eating styles. Support healthy eating for everyone. Eating healthy is a journey shaped by many factors, including our stage of life, situations, preferences, access to food, culture, traditions, and the personal decisions we make over time. All your food and beverage choices count. MyPlate offers ideas and tips to help you create a healthier eating style that meets your individual needs and improves your health. For a colorful visual of MyPlate and the 5 food groups, download What's MyPlate All About?. Take a look at A Brief History of USDA Food Guides to learn more about previous food guidance symbols. Build a Healthy Eating Style All food and beverage choices matter – focus on variety, amount, and nutrition. Focus on making healthy food and beverage choices from all five food groups including fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy to get the nutrients you need. Eat the right amount of calories for you based on your age, sex, height, weight, and physical activity level. Building a healthier eating style can help you avoid overweight and obesity and reduce your risk of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Choose an eating style low in saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars. Use Nutrition Facts labels and ingredient lists to find amounts of saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars in the foods and beverages you choose. Look for food and drink choices th Continue reading >>

Healthy Nutrition For People With Type 2 Diabetes

Healthy Nutrition For People With Type 2 Diabetes

Join the conversation. register now or log in Healthy nutrition for people with type 2 diabetes Getting proper nutrition is an important part of healthy living for any person. However, this is especially true for people with type 2 diabetes, because diabetes is a disorder of metabolism, a word that means how our body uses the food you digest for growth and energy. With diabetes something goes wrong with the way our body processes the food we take in, interfering with our ability to use that food for energy and to maintain our health. So, a healthy eating plan that supplies the proper nutrients (carbohydrates, fat, protein, and vitamins and minerals) and works to control the elevated blood glucose, as well as blood pressure and lipids, is not just optional, but is a necessary part of any diabetes treatment plan. Its important to make good decisions when it comes to putting together healthy meals. This includes selecting foods according to their nutrient content (how much and what kinds of carbohydrates, fat, and protein a food contains). In general, you a healthy pattern of eating should focus on getting1: Carbohydrates from fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and low-fat milk, rather than other carbohydrate sources, such as those containing fats, sugars, and sodium. Protein from leaner meats and other sources of protein, including meat alternatives. Fat from sources of polyunsaturated (eg, fish, olive oil, nuts) and monounsaturated fats (eg, nuts, vegetable oils, canola oil, olive oil, avocado), limiting saturated fats (red meats, butter, cheese, margarine, and shortening) and trans fats (processed and fried foods) to no more than 10% of daily calorie intake. In this section, well make some specific recommendations for meal planning based on how specific groups Continue reading >>

Type 1 Diabetes Nutrition

Type 1 Diabetes Nutrition

If you have type 1 diabetes , it is important to know how manycarbohydratesyou eat at a meal. This information helps you determine how much insulin you should take with your meal to maintain blood sugar (glucose) control. Carbohydrates are the main type of food that raises blood sugar. The starch, fruit and milk groups of the Food Group Pyramid for Diabetes are high in carbs. Foods in the Other Carbohydrates and Combination Food groups are also high in carbs. The vegetable group has a small amount of carbohydrates. The meat and fat groups have few or no carbs. The amount of carbohydrates you eat at each meal will determine how high your blood sugar rises after the meal.The other two major nutrients, protein and fat ,also have an effect on blood glucose levels, though it is not as rapid or great as carbohydrates. Most people with diabetes can control their blood sugar by limiting carbohydrate servings to 2-4 per meal and 1-2 per snack. A delicate balance of carbohydrate intake, insulin, and physical activity is necessary for the best blood sugar (glucose) levels. Eating carbohydrates increases your blood sugar (glucose) level. Exercise tends to decrease it (although not always). If the three factors are not in balance, you can have wide swings in blood sugar (glucose) levels. If you havetype 1 diabetesand take a fixed dose of insulin, thecarbohydratecontent of your meals and snacks should be consistent from day to day. Weight and growth patterns can help determine if a child with type 1 diabetes is getting enough nutrition. Changes in eating habits and more physical activity help improve blood sugar (glucose) control. For children with diabetes, special occasions (like birthdays or Halloween) require additional planning because of the extra sweets. You may allow your ch Continue reading >>

Know Your Food Groups With Diabetes

Know Your Food Groups With Diabetes

Diabetes Food Pyramidvs.USDA Food Guide Pyramid The Diabetes Food Pyramid is very similar in design to the old USDA Food Pyramid. The old pyramid has been redesigned as MyPyramid . The design is intended to encourage a variety in a number of different food choices, as well as physical activity , according to Amanda Kirpitch, M.A., R.D., C.D.E., L.D.N., at Joslin Diabetes Center. The Diabetes Food Pyramid categorizes food based on its carbohydrate content. In the traditional pyramid, milk and cheese are both contained in the dairy category, whereas in the Diabetes Food Pyramid, cheese is a protein and included in meat, and the milk group contains carbohydrate-containing foods, such as milk and yogurt, Kirpitch says. Starchy and non-starchy vegetables are also separated accordingly. In addition, portion sizes are adjusted to equal approximately 15 g of carbohydrates, or one choice. Importance of Following the Diabetes Food Pyramid The Diabetes Food Pyramid helps people with diabetes identify the foods that contain carbohydrates and recognize the items that will have a greater effect on their blood glucose . It may also help patients determine portion sizes of different foods.However, bothpyramids lack individualization and makes it difficult for people with diabetes to truly determine what and how much they should be eating, she says. Continue reading >>

Basic Meal Planning

Basic Meal Planning

Diabetes is a condition in which your body cannot properly use and store food for energy. The fuel that your body needs is called glucose, a form of sugar. Glucose comes from foods such as fruit, milk, some vegetables, starchy foods and sugar. To control your blood glucose (sugar), you will need to eat healthy foods, be active and you may need to take pills and/or insulin. In the following table, you will find some tips to help you until you see a registered dietitian. Tips for Healthy Eating, Diabetes Prevention and Management Tips Reasons Eat three meals per day at regular times and space meals no more than six hours apart. You may benefit from a healthy snack. Eating at regular times helps your body control blood glucose (sugar) levels. Limit sugars and sweets such as sugar, regular pop, desserts, candies, jam and honey. The more sugar you eat, the higher your blood glucose will be. Artificial sweeteners can be useful. Limit the amount of high-fat food you eat such as fried foods, chips and pastries. High-fat foods may cause you to gain weight. A healthy weight helps with blood glucose (sugar) control and is healthier for your heart. Eat more high-fibre foods such as whole grain breads and cereals, lentils, dried beans and peas, brown rice, vegetables and fruits. Foods high in fibre may help you feel full and may lower blood glucose (sugar) and cholesterol levels. If you are thirsty, drink water. Drinking regular pop and fruit juice will raise your blood glucose (sugar). Add physical activity to your life. Regular physical activity will improve your blood glucose (sugar) control. Plan for healthy eating Using a standard dinner plate, follow the Plate Method in the image below to control your portion sizes. Alcohol can affect blood glucose (sugar) levels and cause you Continue reading >>

The Diabetes Food Pyramid

The Diabetes Food Pyramid

The Diabetes food pyramid is a tool to help you create a nutritious diabetes diet plan to help control your blood sugar levels and reduce your body fat. We have selected the Mediterranean food pyramid as a healthier suggestion. Grains, Beans, and Starchy Vegetables (6 or more servings daily) Choose whole-grain foods such as whole-grain bread or crackers, tortillas, bran cereal, brown rice, or bulgar. They're nutritious and high in fiber. Use whole-wheat or other whole-grain flours in cooking and baking. Choose breads prepared without fat such as bagels, tortillas, English muffins, and pita bread. For snacks, try pretzels or low-fat crackers. 1/2 small bagel, English muffin, or pita bread 1/2 cup cooked beans, lentils, peas, or corn Choose fresh or frozen vegetables without added sauces, fats, or salt. Choose more dark green and deep yellow vegetables, such as spinach, broccoli, romaine, carrots, chillies, and pepers. 1/2 cup canned fruit in it's own unsweetened juice Yogurt has natural sugar in it. It can also have added sugar or artificial sweeteners. Yogurt with artificial sweeteners has fewer calories than yogurt with added sugar. Meat and Other Protein(2-3 servings daily) Choose fish and poultry more often. Remove the skin from chicken and turkey Select lean cuts of beef, veal, pork or wild game. Bake, roast, broil, grill, or boil instead of frying or adding fat. 2 to 3 oz. cooked lean meat, poultry, or fish Eat monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat found in plant and fish. Eat less saturated fat. It is found in meat and animal products such as hamburger, cheese, bacon, and butter. Saturated fat is usually solid at room temperature. Unsaturated fat is liquid at room temperature. Eat as little trans fat as possible; found in processed foods like pastry and margari Continue reading >>

Diabetes Food Pyramid: Lower Blood Sugar & A1c

Diabetes Food Pyramid: Lower Blood Sugar & A1c

non-starchy vegetables should make up the largest proportion of your diet. Vegetables like: asparagus, bell pepper (capsicum), bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, and the list goes on. Most scientific evidence (and most nutrition experts) agree that vegetables are a super healthy food. Even Dr. Splaver (cardiologist) revealed that in terms of heart health, veggies are right up there! Overall they provide fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, flavonoids, and they are relatively low in carbohydrates, which makes them great for blood sugar and A1c control and for boosting overall health. Fresh or dried herbs and spices also offer excellent health-boosting properties, not to mention adding natural flavor to all your low carb dishes! A higher fat content in your diet is a natural consequence of lowering carbs. For instance, if you take away high carb foods like bread, pasta, rice and potatoes, you suddenly have a calorie deficit. You can increase the amount of vegetables you eat but they are relatively low in overall calories. And you dont want to eat excessive amounts of protein. So the natural consequence is that you eat more healthy fat sources. That doesn't mean load up with bacon and pork rinds as you might see on other low carb recipe sites, we certainly do not suggest you do that. But increase your intake of healthy fats like nuts, seeds, olives, avocado, coconut oil and olive oil fats with proven health benefits. Protein helps keep us full and satisfied for longer. You can eat all types of meats, poultry, fish, and seafood. Many experts still agree though, that choosing lean meats is best. And you can select from a large range of dairy products (both a protein and fat) like cheese, feta, and ricotta, along with eggs all of which Continue reading >>

Diabetes Food Pyramid

Diabetes Food Pyramid

Understanding the Diabetes Food Pyramid is a key component in buildingyour diabetic meal plan. The American Diabetes Association has created the this food pyramid fordiabetics to make it easier for you to choose the right foods and buildyour diabetic diet. This food pyramid is divided into 6 food groupswith each group varyingin size. The bottom of the pyramid (largest group) representsthe foods that you can have the most servings. The top of thepyramid (smallest group) represents the foods that you should limitservings. This is the largest group and where most of your calories should comefrom for your diabetic diet. These foods contain mostlycarbohydrates and includebread, rice, cereal and pasta. Also included in this groupare the starchy vegetables like potatoes, peas and corn. Inthis group also are dry beans like black eyed peas and pintobeans. The reason these foods are in this group is theycontain about the same amount of carbs per serving. You should aim for 6 11 servings a day from this group aiming for thelower end of the number of servings. A typical serving sizeis 1 slice of bread, bagel, cup dried cereal, 1/3 cup rice or pastaand a cup of potato, peas, corn or cooked beans. This group of the diabetes food pyramid includes broccoli, spinach,cabbage, bok choy, brusselsprouts, cauliflower, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc. Remember the starchy veggies are included in the breads and grains foodgroup. For the most part, all vegetables are fine choices for a diabetic dietand offer dietaryfiber, vitamins and nutrients. Most veggies are low GI foods,however, some are a bit higher like carrots, potatoes, corn andbeets. You should aim for 3 5 servings a day from this foodgroup with half of this coming from leafy green veggies. Fruits like vegetables offer lots of nutr Continue reading >>

Eating According To The Food Guide Pyramid

Eating According To The Food Guide Pyramid

Eating According to the Food Guide Pyramid The Food Guide Pyramid does not prescribe a universal diet, but needs to be interpreted differently according to individual needs. Here are two people of very different backgrounds, and a sample menu of what they might consume to stay within the boundaries of the Pyramid. In all cases, the need for snacks should be dictated by blood glucose levels and physical activity: Daily Requirements for May, an 80-year-old type 2 Asian woman: About 1,500 total calories; six servings of bread, cereal, rice or pasta; three servings of vegetables; two servings of fruit; two to three servings of dairy; two servings of meat. Breakfast: 2/3 cup steamed rice; 6 cashews; 4 oz tofu Lunch: 1/2 cup pea soup; 1/2 cup chow mein noodles (1B, 1F); Egg Fu-Yung made with 2 eggs or 1/4 cup egg substitute; 1 ounce lean meat; 1 cup raw bean sprouts & scallions (Small amounts of non-starchy vegetables are considered Free Foods); 1/2 cup steamed mushrooms, 1 tsp. peanut oil; 1 cup 1% milk. Dinner: 3 oz lean top round Thai Style Beef with 1 cup noodles; 1 Tbsp. sesame seeds; 1 cup steamed broccoli & pea pods; 1-cup papaya. Snack: 1/2 cup sugar-free pudding; made with low-fat milk Daily requirements for Rick, a 21 year-old Caucasian type 1, active male: About 2,800 total calories, 11 servings of the bread, cereal, rice, or pasta group, 5 servings of the vegetable group, 4 fruit servings, 2-3 milk group servings, and 3 servings of the meat group for a total of 7 ounces. *Note: More calories will be required for strenuous activity, for example a 170 pound male burns about 460 calories during one-hour of basketball Breakfast: 1 cup cooked oatmeal; 3/4 cup blueberries; 1 slice whole-grain toast with 2 tsp. Peanut butter (also is a good source of protein); 1-cup ski Continue reading >>

Diabetes Food Pyramid

Diabetes Food Pyramid

Although diabetes dietary recommendations in the UK vary somewhat, the American Diabetes Association focus on something called the Diabetes Food Pyramid. The ADA Diabetes Food Pyramid clearly groups foods depending their protein and carbohydrate content. They then advise which foods to focus on at which concentration, with the most regularly eaten food forming the wide base of the pyramid and those foods that should be eaten less regularly forming to top. According to the ADA website, the following servings per day should be eaten by people with diabetes. Grains and starches - RDA 6 to 11 servings per day. Including bread, cereal, rice, and pasta. Vegetables - RDA 3 to 5 servings per day. Including spinach, chicory, sorrel, Swiss chard, broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, kale, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce. Fruit - RDA 2 to 4 servings per day. Including blackberries, cantaloupe, strawberries, oranges, apples, bananas, peaches, pears, apricots, and grapes. Milk - RDA 2 to 3 servings per day. Low- or non-fat milk or dairy alternatives. Meat and meat substitutes - 4 to 6 ounces per day, divided between meals. Meat replacements include tofu, eggs, dried beans, cheese, cottage cheese, and nut butters. Fats, sweets, and alcohol - Rare/Never/Special treats - Potato chips, candy, cookies, cakes, crackers, and fried foods belong to this group. Continue reading >>

Diabetes Food Pyramid

Diabetes Food Pyramid

For people with diabetes, a special food pyramid is used to describe what and how much to eat each day. Consisting of six food groups, this pyramid is no substitute for a diet created by a dietician or doctor. The number of servings needed every day is not the same for everyone, so this food pyramid offers a range of servings. The Diabetes Food Pyramid is a general guide of what and how much to eat each day as part of your diabetic diet . It is similar to the Food Pyramid you see on many food packages. The Diabetes Food Pyramid is divided into six groups. You should eat more foods from the largest group at the base of the pyramid and less from the smaller groups at the top of the pyramid. The number of servings needed every day is not the same for everyone, so for a diabetic diet, a range of servings is given to ensure you get the foods you need for good health. The food groups and suggested servings per day as part of the Diabetes Food Pyramid include: Grains, beans, and starchy vegetables: These foods at the base of the pyramid are a good source of B vitamins and fiber -- 6 or more servings/day. Continue reading >>

Eat Well!

Eat Well!

When you have diabetes, deciding what, when, and how much to eat may seem challenging. So, what can you eat, and how can you fit the foods you love into your meal plan? Eating healthy food at home and choosing healthy food when eating out are important in managing your diabetes. The first step is to work with your doctor or dietitian to make a meal plan just for you. As soon as you find out you have diabetes, ask for a meeting with your doctor or dietitian to discuss how to make and follow a meal plan. During this meeting, you will learn how to choose healthier foods—a variety of vegetables and fruits, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy foods, lean meats, and other proteins. You will also learn to watch your portion sizes and what to drink while staying within your calorie, fat, and carbohydrate (carbs) limits. You can still enjoy food while eating healthy. But how do you do that? Here are a few tips to help you when eating at home and away from home. Eating Healthy Portions An easy way to know portion sizes is to use the “plate method.” Looking at your basic 9-inch dinner plate[PDF – 14 MB], draw an imaginary line down the middle of the plate, and divide one side in half. Fill the largest section with non-starchy vegetables, like salad, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and carrots. In one of the smaller sections, put a grain or starchy food such as bread, noodles, rice, corn or potatoes. In the other smaller section, put your protein, like fish, chicken, lean beef, tofu, or cooked dried beans. Learn more at Create Your Plate, an interactive resource from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) that shows how a healthy plate should look. This tool allows you to select different foods and see the portion sizes you should use in planning your meal Continue reading >>

Diabetic Food Pyramid

Diabetic Food Pyramid

Living with Diabetes does not have to be difficult. The American Diabetes Association has created the Diabetes Food Pyramid to help people with diabetes better understand the food they can eat. The Diabetes Food Pyramid is different from the typical food pyramid. It groups different foods together and focuses on how certain foods affect blood glucose levels. The good news is that no food is off-limits; it's just a matter of understanding how much you eat, when you eat it, and what it will do to your blood sugar levels. Choosing a healthy amount of food at every meal will help an individual with diabetes stay healthy and lose weight. Diabetics should have: Fats and Sweets - Avoid or eat less fats and sweets Milk - 2 to 3 servings of milk products per day. Meat - Diabetics should have 2 to 3 servings of meat products per day. Fruits - 2 to 4 servings of fruits per day. Vegetables - 3 to 5 servings of vegetables per day. Grains, beans and starchy vegetables - 6 or more servings per day. The goal is to consume more from the groups at the bottom of the pyramid, and less from the groups at the top. According to the pyramid, 60 to 70 percent of your total daily calories should come from grains, beans, and starchy vegetables, with the rest being meat, cheese, fish and other proteins. Fats, oils, and sweets should be avoided or rarely consumed. Eating right is just one of the ways to manage your diabetes. Exercise and regular diabetic testing are important to live a healthy lifestyle. If you are diabetic check out the Catered fit meal plans. Find the one that fits the way you eat, your daily routine, and your diabetic medications. Then start your own plan today. Continue reading >>

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