Diabetic Meal Plans Customized for You

Living with diabetes can be complicated on many levels. PlateJoy can support your diet and guide you through the meal planning process. Learn more about diabetic meal plans.

Diabetic Meal Plans Customized for You

Living with diabetes can be complicated on many levels. PlateJoy can support your diet and guide you through the meal planning process. Learn more about diabetic meal plans.

Finding out you have diabetes can be overwhelming news. Diabetes is a complex disease requiring some big lifestyle changes, and it needs to be managed every single day. Whether you or someone you love have diabetes, one of the first questions that often comes up is “what can I eat?” Fortunately, there are several flexible diabetic meal plans to help support people with diabetes during their health journey.

Meal Planning with Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus, or diabetes, is a disease affecting the body’s ability to create insulin. Insulin is a hormone that allows blood glucose, or blood sugar, to enter the body’s cells to provide energy. Without enough insulin, sugar is left to build up in the bloodstream without the ability to feed the body’s cells. Having high blood sugar is dangerous and can cause several complications if left untreated.

Diabetes comes in two “types”, type 1 and type 2. Type 2 diabetes predominantly affects older individuals above the age of 45, and it is becoming more well-known as the prevalence of diagnosed type 2 diabetes included 9% of U.S. adults in 2016, representing more than 21 million people. Type 1 diabetes, also known as “juvenile diabetes,” is far less common and mostly presents in adolescence.

Managing diabetes with diet is a very valuable tool, but people with diabetes should always check with their healthcare provider before deciding to make any major diet changes to help manage their condition.

Everyone has their own personal reasons for making lifestyle changes. Some people may decide to make a diet change to support weight loss, which can help improve blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity. Other people may not have a goal of weight loss, but want to experiment with how their diet affects their blood sugar levels. Eating with diabetes isn’t a one-size-fits-all, so it’s important to remember that what works for one person won’t necessarily work for another.

Eating is a highly individualized experience, as we all have our own preferences. The good news is that a healthy diabetic meal plan is possible for all of these different preferences and restrictions. There are several meal plans to choose from while also supporting the goal of managing one’s diabetes, and several of them can be combined to tailor to people’s individual health needs. Some relevant meal plans available through PlateJoy include:

Low carbohydrate (carb) and diabetic/prediabetic: These plans have a set limit for carbohydrates, which have the greatest impact on blood sugar levels. The goal with managing diabetes isn’t to avoid carbohydrates, but to spread them out evenly throughout the day and avoid eating a large amount of carbs at once, which can spike blood sugar. PlateJoy has low-carb plans with meals consisting of either 30, 40 or 50 grams of carbohydrates per meal.

Ketogenic: This high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carb meal plan consists of 20-40 grams of net carbohydrates per day, with each meal being 60% of calories from fat or higher. This diet is strict and should be discussed with your healthcare provider before trying.

Mediterranean: This style of eating has been found to improve outcomes in those with diabetes. The Mediterrenean meal plan minimizes saturated fats and emphasizes heart-healthy fats like olive oil and nuts, as well as promoting whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

Other modifications that are available to add to a customized diabetic meal plan include low-sodium, vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian (fish only, no other meat), kosher, and more.

Benefits of a Diabetic Meal Plan

One of the major benefits of following a customized diabetic meal plan is that you’re more likely to stick with it. Maintaining a healthy diet in a sustainable way is one of the best approaches to managing diabetes. Being overly-restrictive, following fad diets and other harmful behaviors don’t tend to work well in the long-run, and can even be harmful to your health. Diabetes is a life-long disease, so think of your lifestyle changes as a marathon, not a sprint.

Maintaining a healthy, individualized meal plan can have great health benefits. Potential benefits of following a diabetic meal plan include more controlled blood sugar, improved blood pressure and even reduced cholesterol levels. It also comes with financial benefits, since preparing meals at home is much more affordable than eating out or purchasing meal delivery kits. An added bonus is that PlateJoy will estimate the cost of the ingredients in your weekly menu, as well as account for ingredients you already have on hand to avoid ingredient waste.

Having a flexible diabetic meal plan even has the power to benefit people socially. Instead of feeling like they have to follow a special diet and eat alone, or make separate meals, people with diabetes can discover the wide range of delicious foods they can enjoy (along with friends and family!) while taking care of their health.

Diabetic Meal Plans for You

No matter what your health concerns or dietary preferences are, there is a meal plan available to suit your needs. Living with diabetes doesn’t mean you’re destined to a life of monotony and restriction by any means - it should be full of variety and enjoyment! People with diabetes don’t have to completely cut out food groups. The more important thing to consider is the overall balance of eating foods in a way to help manage diabetes without sacrificing quality of life and optimizing enjoyment of eating.

PlateJoy offers customized meal plans based on your individual health goals and needs. Recipes can be tailored to avoid allergens, honor food preferences, support weight loss, and even reduce food waste. Users can decide how many meals and snacks they want recipes for during a given week - PlateJoy will even generate a shopping list for the entire week’s menu, with the option for ingredient delivery via InstaCart for ultimate convenience.

PlateJoy’s meal plans aren’t diets - instead, they consist of thousands of unique recipes to choose from, ensuring you won’t get bored of eating the same thing over and over again. The meal plans aren’t restrictive, either; you can search for recipes including some of your favorite ingredients and choose to have them included in your meal plan whenever you’d like.


Suggested Diabetic Meal Plan Recipes

Having go-to snacks and desserts that fit within a healthy diabetic meal plan is important to consider, too! PlateJoy provides snack and dessert recipes as well as regular meals, and these preferences can be modified based on the individual’s preferences when creating their customized weekly menu.

Diabetes doesn’t mean deprivation. Some examples of diabetes-friendly snacks and desserts available in our diabetic meal plans include this cinnamon vanilla cashew butter with apple, or this creamy spinach-artichoke dip with pita chips.

For those who are low on time and don’t have time to prepare dinner every night, batch cooking comes to the rescue! Batch meals are recipes that provide several servings of a dish, meaning you can grab a portion to reheat and eat throughout the week. This type of cooking saves time, money and prevents food waste. Some delicious batch meals available in our diabetic meal plan include a slow cooker Mexican chicken posole and this chipotle meatloaf with roasted root vegetables.

PlateJoy offers other resources for those wanting to learn more about how to optimize their lifestyle to support their health goals. For example, learning about the difference between natural and added sugars is incredibly helpful for those wanting to cut back on unnecessary sugars in order to help improve blood sugars.

You can also learn how to be a sugar detective and spot added sugars in foods, allowing you to make healthier choices when grocery shopping. Other helpful resources available include: