Goals/Objectives: To learn how to practice portion control.
Time Frame: To implement portion control at every meal/snack of every day.
Now that you have established some essential habits for diabetics—essential no matter what dietary lifestyle or approach to diabetes management you take—let’s refine it even more by practicing portion control, also an essential for all diabetics, regardless of what else you do or don’t do for your diabetic health.
If your personal goal is to stay under the ADA-recommended 7% A1C and you are achieving that with an ADA-compliant diet, exercise, and possibly medications, then you are successful! If, however, you’d like to get closer to the non-diabetic normal A1C of 4.0-5.6% and/or if you’d like to get off medications and/or insulin, use portion control to tweak your diabetes management.
NOTE: Portion control is added to the Five Essential Habits you have established: mastering use of your blood glucose meter, drinking an optimum amount of water for you, eliminating all sugar, eating non-starchy whole-food vegetables instead of processed foods, and a having a daily exercise regimen.
What’s the difference between moderation and portion control?
How often should you practice portion control?
How can keeping a detailed food journal help?
Access Practice Portion Control here to find the answers.
Adventist Vegetarian Diabetics™ Recommends:
- Establish your serving size (portion) for every food/drink you consume.
- Keep a detailed food journal that shows calories and macronutrients, your exercise regimen, and your water intake.
- Include other relevant information, such as blood glucose numbers, medications, etc.
Our next blog post will describe in detail how to “eat to your meter” and why you should do it!