• Be consistent. Eat the same amounts and types of food and snacks at approximately the same times each day.
  • Eat a balanced, varied diet. A harmonious blend of the major food groups creates a more positive glucose balance and provides the nutrients your body needs.
  • Control your weight. If you are overweight, get going on a gradual weight loss plan now.
  • Reduce fat intake. By choosing trans-fat-free and low-saturated-fat foods, you reduce calories and heart-disease risk.
  • Eat sugar infrequently. Fit a sweet treat into your meal plan by modifying the recipe to contain less sugar, exchanging it for another carbohydrate source, or eating a smaller portion.
  • Read nutrition labels. Keep an eye out for total fat, saturated fat, and carbohydrates.
  • Boost fiber intake. Research shows that a high-fiber diet may positively affect glucose control. Try to get at least 20 to 35 grams of fiber daily.
  • Shake the salt habit. Reduce your sodium intake to decrease hypertension risk.

—S.P.