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The Official Pocket Guide to Diabetic Food Choices Paperback – September 15, 2015
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I've read more -- This booklet is a waste of time and money. It's 84 pages in a form similar to a 3x5 card in size. It doesn't explain enough to be usable and often refers to having your RDN (Registered Dietary Nutritionist) advise you on what to eat. The food tables are in servings but you don't know how many servings until you consult your RDN. Possibly it's is written as an ad for RDNs. Skip this booklet and by something usable.
I have learned that to keep my dad's diabetes and my pre-diabetes under control, I need to plan on eating each day:
-6 servings of nonstarchy vegetables and fruits
-6 servings of grains, beans and starchy vegetables
-2 servings of milk/milk substitutes
-6 oz or lower of low-fat proteins
-small amounts of fats and/or sugars
I have been following this very loosely, but now I'm amping it up a bit.
This morning I had a cup of coffee w/stevia and half 'n half, 1/2 cup of granola w/milk, 1 hardboiled egg, and 4 slices of salami (what? I like salami!).
This afternoon I had a 5 oz serving of chicken cordon bleu, 1 1/2 cups of salad w/1,000 isle dressing and 3 pickled okra (don't knock the pickled okra, it's AWESOME).
For dinner, I'm planning on oven-baked breaded fish, steamed broccoli with butter, and ... something else. Maybe wild rice?
In any case, the little booklet breaks it all down for me and tells me that I have/will eat for the day...
-4 servings of non-starchy vegetables (but no fruit)
-4 servings of grains, starchy vegetables
-1 serving of milk products
-10 servings of protein
-more than a small amount of fats
That is still a heck of a lot better than what I had been eating.
I won't always be so microscopic on every one of my meals, but this little booklet is a great guide. I suggest it for anyone who is diabetic or pre-diabetic.
I give this four stars. I docked one only because there is so much flipping back and forth that it really needs tabs or something to make it easier to use.