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Do you know about ‘Diabetes diet’?

Do you know about ‘Diabetes diet’?

Diabetes is fast becoming a potential epidemic in India, with more than 62 million suffering from the disease. The number is just growing. While diabetes is not curable, it is treatable and diet is a key element in diabetic control. Mumbai-based women entrepreneur Namita Ambani has launched a healthy Diabetic-friendly meal service, ‘Diabetic Meal Box’ that is dietician and nutritionist certified. Here an exclusive:

What are the common eating mistakes that a diabetic person commits?

Kinjal Shah: Diabetics eat a lot of fruits, thinking they are having more fiber. It is true that fruits have fiber but they have natural sugar as well. So eating excess of fruits will lead to increase in blood sugar levels.

Diabetics know oats are good source of fiber and help in controlling blood sugar. Many of them tend to have oats along with other breakfast items. This increases the overall carbohydrate content of the meal. We serve either roti or rice in our meal and not both unless the customer specifically asks for it.

What are the common diet recommendations for a diabetic person?

Kinjal Shah: They have to include more fiber and protein in their diet. They lead to slow release of glucose in the blood stream. They should limit carbohydrate intake to 50 – 55 per cent. If someone is already consuming 80 per cent carbs, we don’t cut it down immediately but we try to bring the percentage down gradually.

It is also important to eat five to six small meals in a day. And the time gap between meals should not exceed more than four hours. Moreover, fat consumption should be limited. The fat that is used to prepare vegetable and dal is enough for them. Excess fat consumption should be avoided at all costs.

What are the cooking methods you use to make your meals diet friendly?

We use a variety of healthy cooking techniques such as steaming, pressure cooking, grilling and sauteing. These methods help restore nutrients and reduce use of excess oil.


Early morning: Half teaspoon methi seeds soaked overnight with 1 glass of water

Breakfast: 9.00 am: 1 cup cow’s milk + 1 medium katori poha / upma/ 3 – 4 tablespoon of oats

Mid morning – Nuts

Lunch 1.00 pm: Start your meal with a bowl of freshly cut salad. Squeeze few drops of lemon
+ 2 phulka rotis (no ghee/ no oil)
+ 1 medium katori sabji
+ 1 medium katori Dal
+ 1 medium katori curd

Evening 4.30 p.m.: Fruit / Boiled moong / boiled channa

Fruit options: Apple, pear, guava, pineapple and papaya

Dinner 8.00 pm: Salad or soup – 1 bowl
+ 2 phulka rotis (no ghee/ no oil)
+ 1 medium katori sabji
+ 1 medium katori Dal

+ 1 medium katori curd

This diet plan and the portion size will differ from person to person depending on the age, height, weight, ethnicity, geographical conditions, blood parameters etc

Those who manage to keep their sugar levels under control, can have a small bowl of rice but it should not be accompanied with roti.
What led to the inception of diabetes friendly lunch box?
Namita Ambani: Diabetes is one of the leading lifestyle diseases of Mumbai. We are not only a specialty meal box but we also do our best to customize and cater to our customers individually. A Diabetic Meal Box made sense since we were constantly getting queries for a diabetic meal and customers had to go through a harrowing detailed process to explain their requirements. Hence, our in-house nutritionist – Kinjal Shah worked with Dr Snehal Shroff to arrive at the best recommended guidelines for Diabetic Meal Preparation. Of course, these are further customized to individual specs.


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