By Hillary Wright, M.Ed, RD
The balanced-plate approach focuses on restructuring how different kinds of foods populate your plate based on their carbohydrate content. This method is similar to those of other organizations, including the USDA’s ChooseMyPlate.gov, which replaced the Food Pyramid with the plate approach; the American Institute for Cancer Research’s New American Plate for cancer prevention; and the Harvard School of Public Health’s Healthy Eating Plate—all of which are designed to promote a healthier weight, better heart health, and a lower risk of diabetes and cancer. The idea is to manage what’s on your plate so you’re visually satisfied and don’t feel deprived, but the net effect of what happens in your bloodstream is conducive to lowering your circulating insulin levels and trimming calories from your diet. Let’s break down the balanced-plate approach into steps (Carb-Distributed Diet Approach 1 (pages 54-59).
Adapted with permission from The Prediabetes Diet Plan: How to Reverse Prediabetes and Prevent Diabetes through Healthy Eating and Exercise by Hillary Wright, M.Ed, RD (Ten Speed Press, © 2013).” http://www.randomhouse.com/book/222668/the-prediabetes-diet-plan-by-hillary-wright
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