Diet Chart For Diabetic Patients

By Dr. Divya Mandial | 28th Feb 2023

Diet Chart For Diabetic Patients

Diabetes is a progressive disease marked by increased thirst, excessive urination, hunger, fatigue, blurred vision, and unusual weight loss. Diabetes is of two types– type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. The former is more prevalent among children, and the pancreas cannot produce any insulin in this condition. While type 2 diabetes is milder, the pancreas produces some insulin that is insufficient to control your blood sugar level.

Dietary habits and a sedentary lifestyle are the major factors contributing to type 2 diabetes. However, a few alterations in lifestyle and adapting eating habits can help you get control over your blood glucose levels.

A healthy diet for diabetes includes a controlled portion and good quality complex carbs, lean proteins, healthy fats, fibres, and vitamins. Besides, it’s recommended to include foods with a low glycemic index (GI), which digest slowly, control the blood sugar spike and keep your appetite in control.

Most often, people with diabetes are recommended a calorie intake of 1500-1800 daily. This calorie count not only manages diabetes but also works to prevent pre-diabetes risk.

Here are the four essential tips to come up with a diabetic diet plan chart:

  1. An appropriate portion of carbs, proteins, and fats to meet daily dietary goals
  2. Dividing these portions in an entire day
  3. Planning your meals for the next day/ week
  4. Tracking your blood glucose levels with glucometers to check the desired result

Here is a diet chart for diabetic patients with Indian food options that you can easily follow for a week:

1. Monday meals

  • Breakfast (8:00 – 8:30 am)

1 bowl of vegetable oats or oats upma

  • Mid-morning snack (11:00 – 11:30 am)

1 apple and four almonds

  • Lunch (1:00 -1:30 pm)

1 cup brown rice with 1 cup daal /chicken curry

  • Evening snack (4:00 – 4:30 pm)

Mixed nuts with tea or coffee without sugar

  • Dinner (7:30 – 8:00 pm)

2 multigrain rotis with any seasonal vegetable and ½ cup mixed salad

  • Snack (optional)

½ glass of Low-fat milk/ lactose-free milk/almond milk

2. Tuesday meals

  • Breakfast (8:00 – 8:30 am)

1 bowl of sprouts and 1 glass of buttermilk

  • Mid-morning snack (11:00 – 11:30 am)

1 cup mixed fruit salad and buttermilk

  • Lunch (1:00 -1:30 pm)

2  Rava idlis with 1 cup of sambar

  • Evening snack (4:00 – 4:30 pm)

Palak patta chaat with tea/coffee without sugar

  • Dinner (7:30 – 8:00 pm)

2 multigrain roti with 1 cup daal /chicken curry

  • Snack (optional)

½ glass of Low-fat milk/ lactose-free milk/almond milk 

3. Wednesday meals

  • Breakfast (8:00 – 8:30 am)

2 dal chilla with green chutney and green tea

  • Mid-morning snack (11:00 – 11:30 am)

Mixed berries 1 small cup

  • Lunch (1:00 -1:30 pm)

2 millet roti with palak/methi, 1 bowl raita and ½ cup cucumber and carrot salad

  • Evening snack (4:00 – 4:30 pm)

Moong chat with tea without sugar

  • Dinner (7:30 – 8:00 pm)

1 cup brown rice with soya gravy and 1 cup salad

  • Snack (optional)

½ glass of Low-fat milk/ lactose-free milk/almond milk 

4. Thursday meals

  • Breakfast (8:00 – 8:30 am)

Veg amaranth with tea without sugar

  • Mid-morning snack (11:00 – 11:30 am)

1 orange with coconut water

  • Lunch (1:00 -1:30 pm)

1 cup brown rice pulao with raita, ½ cup curd and ½ cup cucumber and beetroot salad

  • Evening snack (4:00 – 4:30 pm)

A handful of roasted chana with tea/coffee without sugar

  • Dinner (7:30 – 8:00 pm)

2 millet roti with any seasonal vegetable and mixed salad

  • Snack (optional)

½ glass of low-fat milk/ lactose-free milk/almond milk

5. Friday meals

  • Breakfast (8:00 – 8:30 am)

2 multigrain bread pieces with an omelette or 2 boiled eggs and green tea

  • Mid-morning snack (11:00 – 11:30 am)

1 apple and buttermilk

  • Lunch (1:00 -1:30 pm)

2 paneer paratha with 1 cup raita and cucumber, onion salad

  • Evening snack (4:00 – 4:30 pm)

1 cup sprouted salad and green tea

  • Dinner (7:30 – 8:00 pm)

1 cup brown rice with paneer/chicken curry and mixed salad

  • Snack (optional)

½ glass of Low-fat milk/ lactose-free milk/almond milk

6. Saturday meals

  •  Breakfast (8:00 – 8:30 am)

2 ragi idlis with tomato chutney and 1 glass of buttermilk

  • Mid-morning snack (11:00 – 11:30 am)

1 cup any seasonal fruit

  • Lunch (1:00 -1:30 pm)

2 multigrain roti with ½ cup daal, ½ cup karela ,1/2 cup curd and ½ cucumber salad

  • Evening snack (4:00 – 4:30 pm)

2 pieces of dhokla with green tea

  • Dinner (7:30 – 8:00 pm)

1 cup brown rice with 1 cup rajma and mixed salad

  • Snack (optional)

½ glass Low-fat milk/ lactose-free milk/almond milk

7. Sunday meals

  • Breakfast (8:00 – 8:30 am)

Vegetable quinoa with tea/coffee without sugar

  • Mid-morning snack (11:00 – 11:30 am)

1 pomegranate and lime juice

  • Lunch (1:00 -1:30 pm)

1 cup brown rice vegetable khichdi with ½ cup curd and ½ cucumber and onion salad

  • Evening snack (4:00 – 4:30 pm)

1 small cup upma with green tea

  • Dinner (7:30 – 8:00 pm)

2 multigrain roti with palak/methi/saag and salad

  • Snack (optional)

½ glass Low-fat milk/ lactose-free milk/almond milk

Sticking to a low-carb and high-fibre diet plan can help you reduce the chronic effects of diabetes and help you lose weight. A registered dietician or a nutritionist can guide you better and develop a type 2 diabetes food chart depending on your blood sugar records and preferences. While the above diet chart for diabetic patients will effectively manage your blood glucose levels, you must consult a nutritionist before following any diet plan for yourself.

Disclaimer: The information given in this article is true to our best knowledge. Still, we recommend you consult your registered dietician or a nutritionist before following any diet for diabetes.

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