Take the Diabetes Health Pump Survey
See What's Inside
Read this FREE issue now
For healthcare professionals only
  • 12 Tips for Traveling With Diabetes
See the entire table of contents here!

You can view the current or previous issues of Diabetes Health online, in their entirety, anytime you want.
Click Here To View

See if you qualify for our free healthcare professional magazines. Click here to start your application for Pre-Diabetes Health, Diabetes Health Pharmacist and Diabetes Health Professional.

Learn More About the Professional Subscription

Free Diabetes Health e-Newsletter
Latest
Popular
Top Rated
Food Archives
Print | Email | Share | Comments (0)

Eating According to the Food Guide Pyramid

Jul 1, 2000

The Food Guide Pyramid does not prescribe a universal diet, but needs to be interpreted differently according to individual needs. Here are two people of very different backgrounds, and a sample menu of what they might consume to stay within the boundaries of the Pyramid. In all cases, the need for snacks should be dictated by blood glucose levels and physical activity:

Daily Requirements for May, an 80-year-old type 2 Asian woman:

About 1,500 total calories; six servings of bread, cereal, rice or pasta; three servings of vegetables; two servings of fruit; two to three servings of dairy; two servings of meat.

Sample Menu:

  • Breakfast: 2/3 cup steamed rice; 6 cashews; 4 oz tofu
  • Snack: 3/4 cup canned mandarin orange
  • Lunch: 1/2 cup pea soup; 1/2 cup chow mein noodles (1B, 1F); Egg Fu-Yung made with 2 eggs or 1/4 cup egg substitute; 1 ounce lean meat; 1 cup raw bean sprouts & scallions (Small amounts of non-starchy vegetables are considered Free Foods); 1/2 cup steamed mushrooms, 1 tsp. peanut oil; 1 cup 1% milk.
  • Dinner: 3 oz lean top round Thai Style Beef with 1 cup noodles; 1 Tbsp. sesame seeds; 1 cup steamed broccoli & pea pods; 1-cup papaya.
  • Snack: 1/2 cup sugar-free pudding; made with low-fat milk

Daily requirements for Rick, a 21 year-old Caucasian type 1, active male:

About 2,800 total calories, 11 servings of the bread, cereal, rice, or pasta group, 5 servings of the vegetable group, 4 fruit servings, 2-3 milk group servings, and 3 servings of the meat group for a total of 7 ounces.

*Note: More calories will be required for strenuous activity, for example a 170 pound male burns about 460 calories during one-hour of basketball

Sample Meal Plan:

  • Breakfast: 1 cup cooked oatmeal; 3/4 cup blueberries; 1 slice whole-grain toast with 2 tsp. Peanut butter (also is a good source of protein); 1-cup skim or 1% milk.
  • Snack: 1-cup non-fat or low-fat yogurt sweetened with aspartame.
  • Lunch: 3 ounces grilled chicken on a whole-wheat bun; lettuce and tomato; 1 medium corn on the cob; 1 teasp. mayonnaise; 1 cup low-sodium vegetable juice; 1 cup raw vegetable sticks or side salad with greens, cucumbers, celery, carrots, & 1 Tbsp. non-fat dressing; 1 Banana.
  • Dinner: 1 cup skim or 1% milk; 3 ounces broiled salmon (basted in plain, non-fat yogurt); 2/3-cup rice; 1/2 cup black beans; 1/2 cup sweet potato; 1 cup steamed zucchini with garlic and herbs & 1 teasp. olive oil.
  • Snack: 1 cup strawberries and 3 cups low fat or no-fat-added popcorn.

Categories: Blood Glucose, Diets, Food, Type 2 Issues



You May Also Be Interested In...


Click Here To View Or Post Comments

Comments 0 comments - Jul 1, 2000

©1991-2014 Diabetes Health | Home | Privacy | Press | Advertising | Help | Contact Us | Donate | Sitemap

Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.