Using the Plate Plan to help your Diabetic Parent

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Home Care Lexington OH: Using the Plate Plan to help your Diabetic Parent

Creating a diabetic meal plan can be confusing. Between the carbohydrate counting approach, the low glycemic index model or the plate plan—it can be difficult to know which direction and what plan to incorporate. For those seeking an easy to follow plan that does not require constant counting of carbohydrates, the plate plan may be the ideal model. It will be important, however, to ensure that your loved one keep a close eye on their blood sugar levels in order to determine if it is working for them.

The Basics of the Plate Plan

This plan, as with most diabetic models, revolves around whole foods. Prepackaged and prepared foods should be kept to a minimum as most contain simple carbohydrates, unhealthy fats and an abundance of sodium.

  • The size of the plate matters. Make sure your parent’s plate is not bigger than 9” in diameter. In addition, portion control means that food is not overflowing and contained within each of the following areas of the plate.
  • Fill half of their plate with non-starchy vegetables. Leafy greens are a great addition to their diet. Most grocery stores now carry containers of a variety of mixed greens. Other vegetables to include are broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, zucchini, celery, cucumber, peppers, asparagus and tomatoes.
  • Fill one-quarter of their plate with starchy vegetables or whole grains. This can include sweet potatoes, peas, corn, winter squash, beans, brown and wild rice, quinoa, whole grain bread, corn tortillas and whole grain cereals.
  • Fill the other quarter with a lean protein. This can include fish, chicken, beef that is low in fat, eggs, pork, turkey and tofu. Turkey and chicken should be skin-free. Salmon is a good choice in the seafood department as it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids—an important nutrient that contributes to the health of your eyes, brain, and heart.
  • Add one to three servings of fruit per day. Check with your parent’s primary health care provider to determine the recommended dose. Fruits that are low in carbohydrates include strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, and raspberries.
  • One serving of dairy at each meal is also allowed. Low or fat-free varieties are recommended.
  • Healthy fats should take the place of saturated fats and used sparingly. These include olive oil, nuts and natural nut butters as well as avocados.


Home Care Provider

Making lifestyle changes can feel overwhelming, particularly when one has spent most of their life eating a certain way. If your loved one needs help incorporating this plan and assistance with the other everyday activities of living, consider obtaining the services of a home care provider. They can do the grocery shopping, prepare diabetic-friendly meals and accompany your parent on daily walks. Sometimes a little support and encouragement makes all the difference when undertaking lifestyle changes.

If you are considering hiring professional home care in Lexington, Ohio, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.


About the author: Tracy Clark
Tracy began working for Star Multi Care as the Administrator of the Mansfield, Ohio office in March, 2012. In January, 2014 she was relocated to Florida to assume the role as Branch Administrator of the Pembroke Pines and subsequently the Home Health Liaison until coming back to Ohio in June, 2015. Prior to working at Star Multi Care, Tracy attended Marion Technical School for Business Administration and served as a United States Army Medic during Desert Shield. However, her true life’s work was awakened while spending 12 years in the long term care and assisted living arena. She quickly learned that assisting older adults was a passion that could not be denied. Tracy takes pride in being able to meet with each of her clients upon admission. Getting to know each of them enables her to personalize the care they receive and to direct her staff to ensure they receive the highest quality of care. In addition to her role as Home Health Liaison, Tracy has always been active in her community. She has served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board as Secretary, is a Certified Salvation Army National Disaster Responder, one of 1500 Specialists in 50 states to complete Mather LifeWays “PREPARE” training which trains professionals to address the medical and psychosocial needs of elderly residents affected by emergency situations, a member of the Advisory Committee for the Clinical Care Specialist Program at Madison Adult Career Center and is a member of various professional organizations throughout southeast Florida.