1) Learn All About ItSome diets are possible to follow with information found online. However, it is absolutely essential to fully understand the underpinnings of Dr. Bernstein's approach. Diabetics should certainly read Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution. It is truly a complete guide. Excerpts can be found on Dr. Bernstein's Web site. Non-diabetics can probably get by with just reading Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Diet. Although "Solution" has a lot more information, it also has a lot that is less relevant such as information about injecting insulin.
Where to Find the Books:
2) Consider Home Blood Glucose Testing, Even if You're Not DiabeticThis may sound crazy, but Dr. Bernstein's approach is rooted in promoting normal blood glucose. So the only real way to know what yours is doing and how you respond to foods is to test your blood glucose. Why I Test My Blood Glucose
3) Learn How to Count CarbsBernstein's plan relies on knowing how much carbohydrate is in everything you eat. Therefore, it's important to learn about carb counting. There are books with carb counts and software you can buy or use online. Find some of these resources here, or plug a food into the box at the bottom of this page or most pages on this site. This will bring up information from the Calorie Count site.
4) Learn What to EatThe rules of carbohydrate eating on Bernstein's plan are summarized as "6-12-12." This means that 6 grams of carb are eaten at breakfast, 12 grams at lunch, and 12 grams at dinner/supper. He has a lot of tips about how he likes to do this in his book.
See also Food Lists for Dr. Bernstein's Diet
As far as how much protein and fat, he advises people to get to know about how much will get them through to the next meal, and eat that same amount at that meal each day.
5) Plan AheadIt's important when starting out on a new way of eating to plan your food ahead of time. This really cannot be emphasized enough. Plan at least a week's worth of menus, and have food on hand a few days ahead of time. Then you won't be caught wondering what to eat.
Resources on This Site:
- Low Carb Breakfast Ideas
- Low Carb Lunch Ideas
- Low Carb Dinner Ideas
- Low Carb Sample Menus (20-50 grams of carb per day - some work for the Bernstein diet, and others can be modified)
- Low Carb Recipes
- Low Carb Super Foods