March, being National Nutrition Month, is a great time to recommit to healthier eating and losing weight, if you need to.
In addition to the age-old question of “What can and can’t I eat?” I am often asked for advice about how Americans can eat better. From there, people want recipe ideas to help bring that knowledge to life in their own kitchens. Better yet, they want entire meal plans, not just one-off recipes.
If you have diabetes, a healthy diet can help manage your blood glucose and stave off serious complications, such as blindness, kidney disease, heart attack and stroke. If you have prediabetes or are known to be at risk for type 2, eating well and losing a small amount of weight can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes.
That’s why I’d like to introduce you to My Food Advisor®: Recipes for Healthy Living, a free nutrition resource from the American Diabetes Association, created to make eating healthy with diabetes easier.
Recipes for Healthy Living puts meal plans, recipes, trusted tips and fresh ideas for the kitchen right at your fingers. When you sign up, you’ll get monthly emails each complete with:
- A new diabetes-friendly meal plan that incorporates a few of our recipes of the month, like Morning Waffles with Vanilla Blackberries, Veggie Chili, and Cajun Shrimp and Pepper Pasta;
- Additional “foodie” and “quick” recipes, many of which are gluten-free;
- A feature article on nutrition or a seasonal health topic;
- Quick tips for eating healthy and living well when time is scarce; and
- Videos showing you how to prepare our recipes and other healthy foods (like how best to store and use fresh basil!).
Plus, the Recipes for Healthy Living website is available whenever you’re in the mood to learn more about nutrition and browse for something new to try.
Does your busy schedule often have you eating on the go? Or are you a total farmers-market-obsessed foodie? We have recipes just for you!
Staying away from gluten? Going lower-carb? Especially worried about calorie counts? Recipes for Healthy Living has tips for customizing the meal plans to meet all these needs.
These recipes are not only diabetes-friendly, but delicious enough that the whole family will enjoy them. When one person embarks on a new way of eating, family members will also reap the benefits.
Here at the Association, we want everyone to eat as healthfully as possible. While no one can be expected to maintain a perfect diet 100 percent of the time, it pays to try your best. This means shrinking your portions and adding more fiber-filled foods and fresh produce, especially non-starchy veggies. It means cutting back on starchy foods and meats and saving desserts for special occasions. And if you have diabetes, it means limiting your carb intake as recommended by your doctor.
But you have heard most of this before, right? You just need the right tools to help make it possible within your own family, within your own lifestyle and tastes. That’s why we developed Recipes for Healthy Living, so I hope you’ll check it out.
Let us know how this resource changes the way you plan your meals—or if you’ve already signed up, please share your feedback by leaving a comment below.
Stephanie A. Dunbar, MPH, RD
Director, Nutrition and Medical Affairs
American Diabetes Association