Mediterranean eating plan

There is not a one-size-fits all approach when it comes to making food choices. It is important that people with diabetes, and those at risk, are supported to choose the right foods.

Any websites and apps we suggest should never replace advice from your doctor, nurse or dietician. You must always get medical help and advice for any medical condition, diagnosis, or treatment.

Tomato and green bean salad

About a Mediterranean eating plan

  • A Mediterranean diet typically includes a good intake of fat from a diverse set of foods including feta and mozzarella cheeses, yoghurt, olive oil, avocado, oily fish and nuts.
  • One of the reasons why Mediterranean diets are healthy is that they include a strong vegetable content.
  • Vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, aubergines, olives, onions, rocket and lettuce are not only great for blood glucose levels but make for very visually appealing meals too.
  • The diet allows a moderate amount of fruit intake.
  • Beans nuts, seeds, eggs, poultry and a moderate amount of red meat provide protein.

Is the diet safe to follow?

  • You should always inform your Diabetes Healthcare team at your GP practice if you are changing your diet plan. They can help you adjust your medication.
  • If you start to lose weight whilst changing your diet your healthcare team may want to adjust your medication or even take you off it

Why is the Mediterranean diet good for your heart?

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