Want to count carbohydrate like a pro? The Diabetes Soul Food Pyramid is a great place to start. Take a look at the pyramid graphic below.
I know the picture is a little fuzzy. So, if you’re having problems reading the content just zoom your page about 125%. Doesn’t that help
Carbohydrate affects your blood sugar more than any other nutrient.
Carbohydrate is found in foods like bread, cereal, fruit, vegetables and milk. Eating a lot of these foods at a meal or snack can make your blood sugar go up too high. Many soul foods like cornbread and collard greens have carbohydrate. But, you do not have to give up these foods! Just size up your portions with the Diabetes Soul Food Pyramid and eat smaller meals and snacks everyday.
THE CHOICE IS YOURS!
Foods in the pyramid that have carbohydrate are found in the blue boxes. A carbohydrate choice is a serving of food from the starch, fruit, vegetable or milk group. Each carbohydrate choice gives you 15 grams of carbohydrate.
Choose 3-4 carbohydrate choices at each meal and 1-2 carbohydrate choices at planned snacks. Talk to your registered dietitian (RD) or diabetes educator (CDE) to find out your best choices.
In my book Eating Soulfully and Healthfully with Diabetes you can find an extensive listing of foods from each category of the pyramid. And if you like Caribbean, Cajun or Creole cuisne, you will find your favorites are included. You will also find a two-week soul food menu plan.