Diet Weight Loss
Healthy eating is a fundamental part of the treatment for Diabetes, it is also vital to a healthy life!
This section discusses the day to day issues of eating healthily. There is helpful advice about a variety of issues; food labelling, alcohol, sweeteners, weight reduction to mention a few. Remember that meal times should be enjoyable. Eating and enjoying a wide variety of foods is important.
Information in this section should not replace a consultation with a registered Dietitian who will be able to address your specific dietary requirements.
Many parents wonder what they can give their child to eat now they have Diabetes
Young children need to drink a pint of milk a day or the equivalent amount of calcium. This is easier than thought to achieve as one small yogurt or 25g of hard cheese are the equivalent of one third of a pint of milk.
Milk and dairy foods are essential so aim for your children to have 3 servings a day. Teenagers have a high calcium intake because their bones are growing fast and for children aged 2 and under, full fat products provide the energy.
Children's calorie requirements are much larger than adults (per kg body weight) since they are growing. Consequently it may not be appropriate for them to have low fat diets. However when fats and oils are given, offer the healthy varieties which are vegetable based.
Treat foods such as crisps, biscuits, cakes, ice cream and pastries can be eaten in moderation.
Your Dietetic Appointment
How to get the best from your appointment:
• Expect the dietitian to ask you questions about your eating habits ... but we also need to understand your social and family commitments, current health, shopping habits and food portions too.
• This helps us to work with you to establish realistic goals which you can work towards, and these will be set out on an information sheet for your reference at home. We can also provide you with meal ideas, recipes and portion guides.
• Measurements such as your weight, height, body fat levels and waist may be taken. These can then be used to assess your ongoing progress.
• You may find it helpful to keep a food and drink record a few days before your appointment which we can look through together.
• Write down any specific questions that you would like to ask the dietitian at your appointment - that way you do not forget.
• Bring a friend or relative along to your appointment if you find this helpful, especially if they do the shopping or cooking.
Check out the British Dietetic Association website.