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Use an 8-inch plate

Words of wisdom from my diabetes educator-"use an 8-inch plate."

Diana Bierman

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“Use an 8-inch plate!”

Patient: Andrea Mujahid-Moore
Diagnosis: Type 2
Residence: Buffalo, NY

Certified diabetes educator:Deborah Richter, RD, CDN, CDE Sisters of Charity Hospital, St. Joseph Campus, Cheektowaga, NY

How it helps me
Like most overweight people, I love to eat. When my doctor told me my blood sugars were up and that I had type 2 diabetes, I knew I had to do something. When I first met with Deborah, I told her how much food I was eating in a day. She told me the best way to cut down on portion sizes is to use an 8-inch plate. That sounded simple enough! It’s amazing how much your eyes have to do with how much you eat. By using a smaller plate, it doesn’t look so empty. This method has helped me better control my portions and be satisfied with a normal amount of food. Now I ask for smaller plates when I dine out and take the rest home for another day!

Why it works
Portion control is always a challenge, especially when you have diabetes. Using a smaller plate is a great way to jump-start control. The recommended portions make a 9- or 10-inch plate look only half full, so you’re more likely to overeat. But the 8-inch plate looks overloaded with the right portion size. Since following a consistent carbohydrate meal plan is essential in controlling blood sugars, a smaller plate makes it easy: Once the plate is full, no more! By eating less food, and therefore, fewer carbs, your blood sugar levels and weight will decrease, reducing your risk of potential complications of poorly controlled diabetes.
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