What Is The Plate Method?

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    A white plate with chicken, carrots, broccoli and rice with a piece of orangeA doctor-approved meal plan will provide you with a great variety of food choices, and will control the distribution of calories, carbohydrates, protein and fat throughout the day, so that your food and your insulin will balance.

    The balance is what gives you “good” blood glucose control.

    What is the Plate Method?

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    Many dieticians recommend the use of the plate method to help people with diabetes control their portion sizes while being able to chose the foods that you like. It’s simple and effective for both managing diabetes and losing weight.

    There are six simple steps to the plate method:

    An illustration of a plate split into healthy food groups

    Step 1. Take one of your smaller dinner plates and draw a line down the middle of the plate

    Step 2. Fill the largest section of the plate with non-starchy vegetables like spinach, carrots, lettuce, cabbage, green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, turnips, etc.

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