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Helping Patients Eat Healthy with the Diabetes Cookbook

Many patients may not know where to start when they are told they must change their eating habits to help them reach a healthy weight. They also may not be aware that reaching and maintaining a healthy weight plays a critical role in helping them work towards their diabetes goals.

What Can You Do to Help?

Discuss with your patients the challenges they face in adjusting their diet and set goals that are achievable. Share examples of healthy eating and simple recipes to help get patients started. The Diabetes Cookbook and many other online resources contain healthy recipe ideas.

The more patients know about how good eating habits can help keep their blood glucose within normal range and slow down the progression of diabetes, the more likely they are to be motivated to eat healthy. Direct patients to the Nutrition Know-how brochure to help them learn about the basics of nutrition and healthy eating.

You can also teach patients how maintaining a healthy weight can help them control their blood glucose and provide them with simple ways to start incorporating daily physical activity into their lives.

Encourage your patients to make incremental changes in their eating habits and set reachable goals to eat healthier.

Traditional recipes can be modified to make them healthier. See the Healthy Food Swaps suggested by the American Diabetes Association. Ingredient substitutions can be made one at a time instead of all at once, making the transition easier for patients.

The Diabetes Cookbook contains several easy recipes that you can download and print for your patients to take home and try. The Cookbook is available in both English and Spanish.

Recipes contained in Diabetes Cookbook:

Spanish Omelet

Bacon and Cheddar Quiche

Autumn Salad

Caramelized Onion Dip

Two Cheese Pizza

Black Bean Burger

Macaroni and Cheese

Oven-fried Fish

Beef or Turkey Stew

Curried Chicken

Flank Steak

Baked Pork Chops

Vegetable Stew

Smothered Greens

Cranberry Orange Nut Bread

Tropical Fruits Fantasia

You can find additional information for your patients about nutrition basics and how to read nutrition labels. Patients may also benefit from learning how to build a healthy meal.

The American Diabetes Association has also compiled a list of the “Best Foods for You” that you can share with your patients.