Speciaized Diets for Special Conditions?

What would you suggest for me to eat? I have low potassium, soy allergies and am prediabetic and taking medication. Melons upset my stomach and I’m not real crazy about most fruits.

I would recommend avoiding those foods that cause you stomach upset and to which you are allergic. With regard to a prediabetic diet, I suggest that you eat 3 balanced meals per day, spread out about 4 to 5 hours apart. Use the healthy plate method in which half the plate is non-starchy veggies, one-quarter of the plate is protein and one-quarter of the plate is starch. You can include low fat/nonfat dairy and any fruit that you do like at these meals as well. Limit/avoid concentrated sweets and don’t drink sugary beverages like regular soda and juice. Lose weight if you are overweight and engage in at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week.

Since you don’t like many fruits, you can get potassium from other food sources. Many vegetables are good sources of potassium. These include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Chinese cabbage, artichokes, acorn squash, greens (but not kale), lentils, legumes, okra, potatoes, tomatoes and more. Milk has potassium, as do bran products. For a complete list of food that are high in potassium, check out the National Kidney Foundation web site at www.kidney.org/atoz/content/potassium.cfm

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