Healthy Diet Resources

Main Message from ADA – Individualize approach and focus on eating nutrient dense foods

The ADA Standards of Care, states that there is no ideal percentage of calories from carbs, protein and fat. The key is to individualize nutrition recommendations using a patient centered approach.  Emphasis is on healthy eating patterns which include nutrient dense foods and consumption of less added sugar and processed foods.

The ADA recommends a variety of eating plans based on available research.

Examples of Healthful Choices include:

  • Mediterranean Diet
  • DASH Diet
  • Plant-based Diets
  • Diabetes Plate Method

Common theme for the best diets includes more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, fish and less processed foods and added sugars.


Best Diets for 2018 – Great NPR article that ranks diets from best to worse.

Joy of Six – Sugar Pledge Resource Page – Great tools and information to support eating less foods with added sugar.

Mediterranean Diet Info – from Oldways Website

Plant based eating resource page – Full of recipes, getting started resources and articles supporting the benefits of plant based eating.

DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stopping Hypertension). Here the NIH DASH Website provides research and links to patient and professional resources.

DASH Diet Info from US News

Oldways Website “inspiring good health through cultural food traditions”.  Oldways is a nonprofit food and nutrition education organization, with a mission to inspire healthy eating through cultural food traditions and lifestyles.  Includes cultural food info on plant based diets, Mediterranean Diet, Asian Diets and more. Lots of handouts and resources for patients and professionals.

Diabetes Plate Method – a nice summary of using this method from Diabetes Forecast

Want more info?

Visit our Diabetes Education Online University

Download our FREE CDE Coach App

Sign up for Diabetes Blog Bytes – we post one daily Blog Byte from Monday to Friday. And of course, Tuesday is our Question of the Week. It’s Informative and FREE!  Sign up below!

Diabetes Blog Bytes

Sign up now to receive the latest Blog Bytes in your inbox.

Upcoming Courses & Events

View Full Calendar