Each month, Recipes for Healthy Living brings you a one-day meal plan with suggestions for adjusting carbohydrates and calories.
We use the American Diabetes Association nutrition guidelines when we write each meal plan. The guidelines were developed using the following sources:
The American Diabetes Association's Clinical Practice Recommendations
The American Diabetes Association's most recent nutrition position statement
Several diabetes and nutrition experts
These sample meal plans are meant to serve as a guide for you. Our meal plans should help you see how to put together balanced meals with our recipes and other foods in your own kitchen.
We follow very general diabetes nutrition guidelines to create a one day meal plan each month. You may need more or less calories or carbohydrates than the standard plan suggests. You may also need more or less of other nutrients depending on your health status and other conditions. (For example, if you have high blood pressure, you may need to restrict sodium more than our meal plan suggests.)
Although the American Diabetes Association has general nutrition guidelines, we still encourage you to work with your health care provider, a registered dietitian (RD), or a certified diabetes educator (CDE) to build a plan that is individualized for you and will help to meet your diabetes and weight loss goals.
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Calculate the number of calories you should eat each day to maintain your present body weight:
This number estimates how many calories you should eat per day to keep your body weight where it is now.
If you want to lose weight, you may need fewer calories. You should talk with your health care team for more personalized recommendations, but this calculator can help to get you started.Calculate My Calories
*Estimates are rounded to the nearest 200 calories. An individual's calorie needs may be higher or lower than these average estimates. Developed from the 2010 US Dietary Guidelines for Americans.