I believe in KISS, so I try to keep it simple with easy to follow rules for my way of eating. As I have to eat this way for the rest of my life I do not want an excessively complicated food selection system.
My definition of a balanced diet for a type 2 diabetic (me) is pretty basic and not in terms of percentages of anything. The basic description is simple, although the personal investigation creating the way of eating I follow today was fairly complex. The links at the foot of this post describe the journey to this point.
The simple version:
- I let my meter show me my carbohydrate limits for the time of day and the meal.
- I let common sense and satiety limit my protein and fat portions.
- I include a reasonably wide variety of vegetables in my menu, favouring fresh and seasonal vegetables where possible.
- I also include fruits but those are limited to minimise blood glucose spikes.
In applying those basic rules for myself I also take these factors into account:
- Variety in choices of meats, fish, seafood, dairy, vegetables and fruits makes the menu interesting and also improves the chances of getting all needed vitamins and micronutrients.
- Excess of any macronutrient is not wise.
- Excessive restriction of any macronutrient is just as unwise.
Everything in Moderation - Except Laughter
There Is Nothing I Could Eat I like More Than my Eyes