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.