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Where can you find sample menus for a diabetic diet?

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The Internet offers many websites that include tempting sample menus for diabetics. A very authoritative option is provided by the American Diabetes Association at http://www.diabetes.org/mfa-recipes/meal-plans/meal-plans.html.

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The American Diabetes Association website provides daily meal plans with sample menus and recipes. It offers suggestions for adjusting the recipes for more or fewer carbohydrates, as well as a grocery list and full nutrition information on each meal plan. A section on food and kitchen tips has articles on how to revamp favorite recipes, as well as topics such as cooking with herbs and healthy ingredients such as nuts and avocados. An interactive calculator helps the user estimate his calorie requirements.

Another approach to menu planning for diabetes is found at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center site: http://www.upmc.com/patients-visitors/education/diabetes/pages/basic-diabetes-meal-plan.aspx. The Basic Diabetes Meal Plan spells out what kinds of exchanges can be made, portion size, which foods can be eaten a few times a week and which should be avoided whenever possible. Patients and their families gain a deeper understanding of the ideas behind menu choices and develop a greater confidence in managing their food-related behavior.

Yet another approach to menu planning comes from the federal government, at http://www.choosemyplate.gov/. This site pays special attention to making healthy food choices on a budget and preparing smart-choice meals for children. Quizzes on "Portion Distortion" help make learning more interactive.

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