Since the discontinuation of the Food Pyramid in 2011, the American Diabetes Association has been using the "Choose Your Plate" program to help diabetics stick to a healthy diet. Create Your Plate teaches patients about proper portion sizes of vegetables, protein and grains, in addition to dairy, fruits and fats.
The Mayo Clinic offers detailed dietary guidelines for diabetics as well. It suggests simple meal plans to help patients with diabetes eat right. For example, diabetics should aim for fiber-rich foods, complex carbohydrates, two servings of fish weekly and healthy fats. They should avoid items such as simple carbohydrates, trans fats and sweets.