Diet Prescription

A diet prescription for diabetes has to be individualized because of the differing food habits of the people. There are some false beliefs about diabetic diet. For example, diabetics cannot eat fruits, should restrict rice but wheat products liberally. Many diabetics are vegetarians taking diary products, fruits and vegetables. Some eat only plant foods and not even dairy products. In naturopathy there is emphasis on vegetarian diet consisting of fruit and milk to prevent stomach acidity, main meals only twice a day to give enough time for digestion, mastication of food to mix well with saliva, bowel purifying enemas and water to drink only at the end of a meal. Diabetes can be controlled if the time of medication is adjusted to the mealtime of the individual.

MEASURE:

  • One teaspoon = 5 gm or ml.
  • One tablespoon = 15 gm or ml.
  • One cup = 150 gm or ml.
  • Tumbler (Glass) = 240 gm or ml.

A simple lacto-vegetarian diet for the diabetic (1500 calories per day)

The following diet gives an interval of 2-3 hours between meals in order to maintain a uniform level of blood sugar. It contains different cereals for slow absorption. It can be modified to suit individual taste and requirement.

6:00am
Coffee with 60 m, Milk (40 cals.) 
8:00am
Bread 2 slices (40 gm = 100 cals,) + 1 teaspoon Butter (5 gm = 35 cals,) Or Plain dose 2 (100 gm = 120 cals.) + coconut Chutney 2 tsp, = 40 cals. Or idly 2 (90 gm = 120 cals.) Or upma 3/4 cups (60 gms = 130 cals.)  Or poories 3 (37 gm = 150 cals.) Or cornflakes (30 gm = 100 cals.) + coffee with 60 ml. Milk = 40 cals.
10:30am
Buttermilk 1 cup (100 gm. curd, dilution 1:3 = 60 cal) or fruit juice (120 ml = 40 cal)
1:00pm
Rice cooked (200 gm = 200 cals.) + ghee (1tsp. = 45 cals.) + Sambar (100 gm = 80 cals.) + Rasam (120 gm = 60 cals.) + Curd (120 gm = 80 cals.) + Green gram or peas or dal (75 gm = 100 cals.) + leafy vegetables (caloric value negligible) 1 cup (ladies finger, brinjal, drumsticks, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, tomato, bitter gourd, lettuce) + root vegetables (beetroot 1/2 cup, carrot 1/2 cup, small onions 3 = 40 cals.) + Butter or cooking oil 1 tsp. = 5 gm = 45 cals.) 
4:30pm
Tea with 60 ml. Milk (40 cals.) + vadai 2 (100 cals.) or small fruit 1 or cashew nuts 6 (17 gm = 100 cals.) Or 2 biscuits = 100 cals.) 
7:30pm
Three wheat 'chappatis' = 75 gm = 100 cals. +peas or dal (75 gm = 100 cals.) + root vegetables = 40 cals. + butter 5 gm = 35 cals. + tea or coffee with 60 ml. Milk = 40 cals. 
10:00pm
Milk 120 ml. = 80 cals. 


In addition to the energy giving food stuff, nutrients like potassium, calcium, phosphorous, sodium, iron.

From Bhagwat Gita

"They Who perform their work offering all results to me, who hold their hearts and minds steadfast in me in whatever they do, who worship their work, to them I offer the platform. Doubt it not that they will inexorably reach the top. "

- Bhagwat Gita 12.6/12.8