Have your health plan refer you to a registered dietitian or certified diabetes educator (CDE). Talk about what changes you can make to your diet. Tips: 1. Prepare and write down your food preferences and healthy foods you like. 2. Think about your daily schedule: how much time will you have to eat? How often? 3. Budget and distribute carbohydrate-containing foods (starches, fruit, fruit juice, milk, yogurt, sweets) to achieve target after-meal blood glucose levels. 4. Choose healthful fats to achieve target blood cholesterol and triglyceride (lipid) levels. 5. Determine appropriate portion sizes for weight loss and maintenance. 6. Determine a sodium budget to help you achieve target blood pressure. 7. Keeping a written record of the foods you eat may help you monitor your intake.