The dLife Healthy Eating Plate
Use this handy image to help you eat for better blood sugar and head-to-toe health.
A plate is an easy, visual cue to show what foods you should eat and in what proportions. Many organizations, including the U.S. government, have used a plate image to convey their own healthy eating guidelines. But not all experts agree on what constitutes the healthiest diet, so the various plates out there are all a little different.
We created the plate below with diabetes in mind — both preventing it and managing it. But this plate also depicts the healthiest approach to eating for everyone. It's based on the current body of scientific evidence on diet and health. Remember, these are guidelines, not a precise prescription or diet. Your individual health situation may mean that this way of eating won't work for you. Before making any changes to your diet, please consult with your healthcare practitioner.
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