I Have Prediabetes. What Do I Eat?
Use these guidelines to help you control blood sugar.
Published September 16, 2019
Whether you’ve got prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, it’s important to have a well-balanced diet. WW and the SmartPoints® plan can help with that, but here are the basics:
What to Eat
- Eat a variety of foods, including veggies, whole grains, non-fat dairy, healthy fats, and lean proteins.
- Choose lean protein (skinless chicken or turkey, lean ground beef, fish, shellfish, egg whites, lowfat/nonfat dairy, tofu)
- Grab whole grains (look for items like wild rice, brown rice, quinoa, oats, millet, buckwheat noodles)
- Go for fresh fruit
What To Limit Eating
- Limit your intake of sugary drinks like fruit drinks, and regular soft drinks.
- Limit your intake of carbs and starchy veggies. Not sure what to look for? Here’s a list when you grocery shop:
- Go easy on starchy vegetables (like potatoes, plantains, parsnips, pumpkin, squash, beans, and legumes) and increase non-starchy veggies (like lettuce, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, spinach, mushrooms, onions, peppers and tomatoes)
- Be aware of portion sizes. This is a tough one, but we have great tips and hacks (like using your hand to estimate portions) to help!
- Try not to eat too much of any one type of food.
- Space meals evenly.
- Never skip meals.