3 Days of Eating for Type 1 Diabetes Gretchen Otte


After I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 23, it took me some time to figure out what my body likes and dislikes. Constantly playing around with food choices and determining how it affects my blood sugar (and thus how much insulin each meal requires) is a challenging experiment on its own. However, after identifying patterns and really listening to my own body throughout this period of trial and error, I was able to find the kinds of diabetic-friendly foods that my body can tolerate and that I actually enjoy eating!


With this incurable disease, a Paleo-like lifestyle is a way for me to control my blood sugar and be more aware of what I was putting into my body. Here is a sample three day meal plan that is diabetic-friendly, low carb, and low sugar! Even with diabetes, eating doesn’t have to mean being in a food rut– you can still live a healthy lifestyle while at the same time enjoying exciting meals!




BREAKFAST: Egg Asparagus Toast


LUNCH: Organic mixed greens salad with balsamic vinaigrette, topped with feta cheese, slices of grilled chicken


DINNER: Spaghetti Squash Casserole


SNACK: Sweet Potato Shoestring Curly Fries





BREAKFAST: Egg Omelette


LUNCH: Avocado Tuna


DINNER: Cilantro Lime Chicken & Zucchini Noodles


SNACK: Sliced apples dipped with peanut butter or almond butter and a handful of almonds





BREAKFAST: Paleo Strawberry Muffins


LUNCH: Zucchini Noodles & Avocado Basil Sauce


DINNER: Salmon with a side mixed green salad with balsamic vinaigrette


SNACK: Paleo Peach Coconut Protein Smoothie


I used to be a ‘creature of habit’ in the sense that I liked eating the same kinds of foods every day because I knew those foods worked for me. But as time went by, I started to branch out and use more varied ingredients that actually worked just as well with my body, still in keeping within my own diet and lifestyle goals. Now I create all kinds of different extravagant meals that my body tolerates, and I feel better for it!



Note: PLEASE consult with  your doctor before making any changes to your diet or medications. The material on this site is provided for educational purposes only, and is not to be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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