Free diabetic diet plans are available on the website for the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences and on EatingWell.com. Plans on the UPMC website are more about principles than about providing a daily schedule, while EatingWell offers a 28-day diabetic plan broken down by caloric allowance.
Diabetic diet plans focus on limiting high-sugar foods, particularly ones from processed sources, notes UPMC. These include cakes, candy, jellies, table sweetener, full-fat dairy desserts, sugary sodas and cereals coated in sugar. Fruit is permitted, but not those that are canned with syrup. Packaged baked goods such as donuts and iced pastries are on the list of foods to avoid as well.
Understanding how servings work is crucial for managing blood sugar, explains UPMC. When a serving is defined as 15 grams of carbohydrates, a serving of starch could be a slice of bread, 1/2 English muffin, a cup of soup, 3 cups of popcorn or three graham cracker squares. With fruits, 1/2 cup of fruit juice, 1 cup of fresh fruit and 1/2 medium banana all qualify. Following this sort of plan is crucial for managing blood sugar and avoiding complications of diabetes. Talking to a physician and a nutritionist is helpful when determining one's individual nutrition plan.