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2000 Calorie Diabetic Diet, Basic

What is it? A 2000 calorie diabetic diet means eating no more than 2000 calories of food each day. You may need this diet to control your blood sugar or lose weight. Or lower your risk for heart problems.

  • Blood sugar is the amount of glucose (simple sugar) in your blood. Glucose is the main source of energy for your body. Glucose comes from carbohydrates in your diet.


  • A diabetic diet limits how much carbohydrate (kar-bo-hi-drate), fat, and protein you eat. A 2000 calorie diet is low in calories and fat.


Care:

  • Ask your caregiver for the diabetic exchange diet CareNote to learn more about serving sizes. Your caregiver will tell you when to eat meals and snacks to control your diabetes. Talk with your caregiver if your blood sugar levels are too low or too high.


  • A sample of a 2000 calorie diet is listed below. You can exchange or trade one food for another from the same food group. For example, you can choose 1 slice of bread instead of 3/4 cup of another dry cereal. Or you can choose 1/2 cup fruit juice instead of 1-1/4 cups of melon


Serving Sizes: Use the list below to measure foods and serving sizes. A serving size means the size of food after it is cooked or prepared.

  • 1 pint or 2 cups (16 fluid ounces) of liquid is the size of 1-1/3 soda-pop cans.


  • 1-1/2 cup (12 fluid ounces) of liquid is the size of a soda-pop can.


  • 1 cup of food is the size of a large handful, or 8 fluid ounces of liquid.


  • 1/2 cup of food is about half of a large handful, or 4 fluid ounces of liquid.


  • 2 tablespoons (Tbsp) is about the size of a large walnut.


  • 1 tablespoon (Tbsp) is about the size of the tip of your thumb (from the last crease).


  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) is about the size of the tip of your little finger (from the last crease).


  • 3 ounces of cooked meat, fish, or poultry is about the size of a deck of cards.


  • 1 ounce of cooked meat, fish, or poultry is about 1/4 cup (c).


  • One ounce of hard cheese is about a 1 inch cube.


  • A serving of vegetables is 1/2 cup (1/2 handful) cooked, or 1 cup (1 handful) raw.


SAMPLE 2000 CALORIE MENU:

Breakfast:

  • 2 breads or starches like one English muffin or 1-1/2 cups bran flake cereal


  • 1 milk, like 1 cup skim, 1% milk, or nonfat sugar-free yogurt


  • 1 ounce meat or protein like 1 soft-boiled egg or 1/4 cup scrambled egg substitute. Do not eat more than 3 eggs each week.


  • 1 fruit, like 1/2 large banana or 1-1/4 cup of fresh strawberries


  • 1 fat, like 1 tsp margarine


Morning Snack:

  • 1 bread or starch like 2 fat-free rice cakes or 6 saltine crackers


  • 1 ounce meat or protein, like 2 Tbsp peanut butter or 1/4 cup lowfat cottage cheese


Lunch:

  • The following foods can be combined to make a chicken pasta salad:


    • 2 ounces meat or protein, like 2 ounces cooked chicken breast with 1 ounce grated lowfat cheese


    • 2 vegetables, like 1 cup fresh salad greens and 1 cup chopped fresh vegetables


    • 1 bread or starch, like 1/2 cup cooked pasta


    • 1 fat, like 2 Tbsp lowfat salad dressing


  • Add the following foods for lunch:


    • 1 bread or starch, like 1 small dinner roll (1 ounce)


    • 1 fruit, like 1 small orange or 1/2 large pear


    • 1 free food, like 12 ounces sugar-free soft drink


Afternoon Snack:

  • 1 milk, like 1 cup skim or 1 cup nonfat sugar-free yogurt


  • 1 bread, like three 2-1/2 inch squares graham crackers or 3 cups air-popped popcorn


Dinner:

  • 3 ounces meat or protein, like 3 ounces baked cod or salmon


  • 2 starches, like one 3-inch baked potato and 1/2 cup cooked corn


  • 2 vegetables, like 1 cup steamed asparagus and 1 cup steamed carrots


  • 1 fat, like 1 tsp margarine or 1 tsp olive oil


  • 1 fruit, like 3/4 cup fresh pineapple or 1/2 cup fruit cocktail


  • 1 milk, like 1 cup skim milk


Evening Snack:

  • 1 bread, like 1 slice of toast or 3/4 ounce pretzels


  • 1 ounce meat or protein, like 1/4 cup lowfat cottage cheese or 1 ounce turkey breast


CALL YOUR CAREGIVER IF:

  • You have questions about the serving sizes on this diet.


  • You have questions about how to prepare or cook foods on this diet.


  • You have questions about how or where to buy foods on this diet.


  • You have questions or concerns about your illness, medicine, or this diet.


Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. To help with this plan you must learn about your diet or illness and how it is treated. You can then discuss your treatment options with your caregiver. You can work with your caregiver to decide what care will be used to treat your injury or illness. You always have the right to refuse treatment.

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