Beverley

Diabetes

I have type 1 diabetes which is very strong in my family. I take Novorapid 3 times a day and Levemir at night.
What food can you suggest I can eat for meal times please?

Elizabeth Cooper


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Hi Beverley, thanks for your question. I have worked with a number of people with type 1 diabetes and have always recommended very similar foods to those with type 2 diabetes. So reduce the amount of carbohydrates you're on to no more than 25% of your plate, have protein with every meal and also some beneficial fat such as avocado or olive oil. Both protein and fat are slowly absorbed so ordinarily would reduce the amount of insulin being produced by the pancreas, but in your case means that you're having to use less insulin. So for breakfast, try something like poached egg and avocado on rye toast or homemade granola using oats, nuts and seeds mixed together with coconut oil and apple juice, so you're avoiding sugar or honey. For lunches and dinners try a salad or roasted Mediterranean vegetables with chicken breast or salmon fillet. Or try a stew or curry with cauliflower rice rather than regular rice, as most rice is quite high GI so is quickly absorbed and requires more insulin. Try to avoid high carbohydrate meals and try to fill half your plate with non-starchy vegetables so you're getting plenty of nutrients. I hope this helps.