Instructed patient to choose a diet that emphasizes eating vegetables, fruits and whole grains.
Instructed patient on how important is to understand that a diabetic diet is not a restrictive diet, on the contrary it is a healthy, nutrient enriched diet, low in calories and fat.
Instructed patient that a diabetic diet doesnt exist by itself, a healthy diet, which can be shared with the other family members,will prevent increases in blood sugar.
Instructed patient about how overeating can affect his/her sugar levels, it does not matter if what he/she ate in excess was healthy or not.
Instructed in the importance of including more fiber in diet if not contraindicate. Instructed to take fresh fruit, cooked or stewed fruits, green vegetables, root vegetables and whole grain food.
Instructed in foods high in cholesterol such as organ meats, red meats, fatty poultry, shrimp, bacon, cold cuts, hot dogs, saturated fats (found in animal fats and coconut oil), palm kernel, cocoa butter, hydrogenated fats, chocolate, margarine, nondairy substitutes, whole milk, egg yolks, fried foods and others.
Instructed in foods low in cholesterol such as fish, low fat diary products, fruits and vegetables, grains, herbs and spices, lean meats, lean poultry, egg substitutes, polyunsaturated oils and others.
Instructed in that not one food is perfect. However, a wide variety of foods from each group assures the desirable intake of nutrients. A well-balanced diet is essential for good health.
Instructed in the importance of restricting sodium intake. Advised to use salt substitutes (if permitted by MD) by seasoning food with condiments such as lemon, parsley, cinnamon, etc.
Instructed in foods low in cholesterol such as fish, fruits, vegetables, egg substitutes, poultry, lean meats, grains, etc.