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Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Diabetes Units
Eating Well For Diabetes
A healthy diet and lifestyle can help to lower your blood sugars.
 Eat Regular Meals: try to have a breakfast, lunch and
evening meal
 Eat Starchy Foods at Each Meal: try to have one of the
following foods at each meal e.g. breakfast cereals, bread,
potatoes, pasta, rice, pasta, chapatti, yam. Try wholegrain or
high fibre varieties.
 Eat More Fruit and Vegetables: try to have 5 portions a
day. A portion can be
3 heaped tablespoons of vegetables
small bowl of salad
a banana or apple or orange
Try to space your fruit out evenly across the day rather than
eating all at once.
 Cut Down on Sugar and Sugary Foods and drinks
Try products containing an artificial sweeteners e.g. diet or
no added sugar drinks, low sugar jams, sugar free whips and
mousses. If you need to use a sweetener try Canderel,
Splenda, Sweetex or a supermarket own brand
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Diabetes Units
The small amount of sugar in savoury foods such as baked
beans and sauces will not affect your blood glucose level.
Avoid Diabetic foods as they are often expensive, high in
calories and may have a laxative effect.
 Alcohol: if you want to have a drink, try to drink in
moderation and don’t drink on an empty stomach. Don’t
choose special “diabetic “ beers and always use a sugar
free/diet mixer.
 Activity: try to be as active every day as this will help lower
your blood sugar level.
 Aim to be a healthy weight for your height.
You will have the opportunity to see a dietitian who will help
you with your food and diabetes. If you do not have an
appointment to see the dietitian and would like one, please
ask at reception.