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Dr. Porsche Beetham led a round table discussion on “Diabetes and Your Diet” ,Thursday, November 3rd, at the Harrison Community Hospital Cafeteria.
Dr. Beetham opened the discussion explaining everybody is different and what works for one person may notwork for another, but ultimately what each person needs to focus on is portion size. She described the easiest way to measure your portions is to use your dinner plate. Half of your plate should be fruit and/or vegetables, a quarter should be protein and the final quarter should be carbohydrates.
Fruits and vegetables don’t necessarily have to be fresh. You get almost the same nutritional value from canned, frozen, or dried as fresh as long there is no sugar added.
Protein consist of not only meats like fish, chicken and beef; but also all beans like green beans, navy beans or refried beans. You should try to focus more on te low fat meats like chicken and fish and try to limit fatty meats like red meat and processed meats.
Carbohydrates include breads, pasta, and potatoes. You should try to make high fiber choices.
Dr. Beetham also wanted to make sure everyone understood that just because you have diabetes doesn’t mean you have to give anything up. You can still have chocolate cake, cookies or your favorite fried foods as long as it is in moderation and you make sensible adjustments throughout the rest of the day.
The Diabetes Workshop meets the first Thursday of each month in the Cafeteria at Harrison Community Hospital, the next being December 1st from 6:30pm-7:30pm. They will be “Baking with Splenda” and providing samples. The workshop is free to the public and everyone is welcome. For more information call (740) 942-4631.
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