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Ever wonder what you can eat with diabetes? Diabetic eating is the same as healthful eating: plenty of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and low-fat protein. Although there is no specific diabetic diet to follow when you have diabetes, counting carbs, watching portions, including a variety of healthful foods, and eating on a consistent schedule can help control blood sugar and keep your diabetes on track. The best news: You can eat what you love -- and we show you how!

What to Eat with Diabetes

When sugary, fatty, or salty treats seem to be calling your name...
When sugary, fatty, or salty treats seem to be calling your name, it can be tough to resist them. With a little creativity, you can satisfy your cravings with healthy snacks for diabetes. Here we show you how to bypass some of the most tempting snacks while still treating your taste buds and boosting your daily nutrition.
Using a journal can help you keep track of portions, calories,...
Using a journal can help you keep track of portions, calories, and carbs. But more importantly, it can help you keep track of exercise, your moods, and your blood sugar. Here's how to use a journal to capture and change the way you think about managing diabetes.
Good Fats, Bad Fats
In the past, eating low-fat seemed the way to go. Now experts...
In the past, eating low-fat seemed the way to go. Now experts say it’s fine to eat a bit more fat, but be sure to eat more good fats and less bad fats. We explain which fats fall into each category and why.

Diabetes Nutrition Stories

Diabetic Living® magazine makes it easier for you to eat...
Diabetic Living® magazine makes it easier for you to eat healthfully with step-by-step instructions on healthier cooking methods; suggested ingredient swaps to lower fat, carbs, and calories in your favorite recipes; and tips for stress-free cooking.
Take the guesswork out of choosing the most healthful foods at...
Take the guesswork out of choosing the most healthful foods at the supermarket. We put together helpful tips to make the trip as painless as possible, from writing an efficient grocery shopping list to knowing which meat and dairy products to buy.
Have you heard the buzz about food label updates? Find out more...
Have you heard the buzz about food label updates? Find out more about the FDA’s proposed label changes, and see how they might help you better manage your diabetes.
While research shows you can successfully prevent or manage...
While research shows you can successfully prevent or manage diabetes following a variety of eating plans, some researchers and health care providers slant toward plants. We give you the rundown of what different eating plans, such as raw, vegan, lacto-vegetarian, ovo-vegetarian, lacto-ovo-vegetarian, pescatarian, and flexitarian, include and exclude and how they can reduce risk of disease and promote better health. 
Eating a handful of nuts every day could add years to your life...
Eating a handful of nuts every day could add years to your life, according to a large, well-done study. Find out how to get the benefits, plus learn tips for enjoying nuts more often. 
What does the term "added sugars" mean? Find out the...
What does the term "added sugars" mean? Find out the top added sugars in our foods and drinks and why they're used.

Diabetic Cookbooks

No time to make a dessert from scratch? We have delicious...
No time to make a dessert from scratch? We have delicious diabetes-friendly dessert recipes that start with a mix. Don't settle for boring desserts! Bake outside the box with our brownie-, cake-, and pudding-inspired recipes.
Who has time to cook? You do! These six recipes prove it takes...
Who has time to cook? You do! These six recipes prove it takes only minutes to make a delicious, healthy meal. Find easy recipes for 10-minute breakfasts, 15-minute lunches, and 20-minute dinners!
Enjoy our 14 fantastic plate method menu options! Use the plate...
Enjoy our 14 fantastic plate method menu options! Use the plate method formula for simple and delicious diabetes meal planning. Dinner has never been so easy!
Use your slow cooker to cook a roast or a batch of chicken...
Use your slow cooker to cook a roast or a batch of chicken thighs to shred, then use the meat to make three deliciously different recipes for a total of nine convenient diabetes-friendly meals!

Popular Diabetic Recipes

If you crave Mexican food but don’t want to derail your eating...
If you crave Mexican food but don’t want to derail your eating plan, let Diabetic Living’s Mexican-inspired recipes save the day. Enjoy fajitas, chili, salad, and even desserts that are light, fresh, and full of flavor.
Eating a salad shouldn’t feel like punishment. Our diabetic...
Eating a salad shouldn’t feel like punishment. Our diabetic salads are tasty, filling, and feature a variety of healthy ingredients that keep you feeling full and satisfied. Piled high with sources of lean protein and vegetables, our salads are so good your body will thank you.
If you love Mexican-style and ethnic food, then don’t miss this...
If you love Mexican-style and ethnic food, then don’t miss this delicious collection of dinner, appetizer, and dessert recipes that will delight your taste buds and keep your blood sugar in check.
When you think of your favorite comfort foods, what comes to...
When you think of your favorite comfort foods, what comes to mind? Casseroles, pizza, chicken, meat loaf, and potatoes? You can eat all of these home-style foods and more even while managing a diabetes meal plan and maintaining a healthy weight.
Kick-start your day with diabetes-friendly breakfast recipes...
Kick-start your day with diabetes-friendly breakfast recipes that are packed with nutrition and satisfaction. Enjoy healthy breakfast sandwiches, superfood smoothies, omelets, yogurt parfaits, and more.
Slow cookers are the closest thing to culinary magic. Simply...
Slow cookers are the closest thing to culinary magic. Simply throw in your ingredients, simmer all day, and come home to a miraculous dinner with little cleanup. Plus, we’ve lightened the carbs and calories, so there’s no limit to what your slow cooker can do!

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