Figure 3. The other side of the Diabetes Place Mat illustrates the “Plate Method” of managing a diet for proper nutrition and control of blood sugar and weight. It shows the proportions of each food category that are appropriate for a healthy, balanced diet. The food groups shown on the top half of the Plate Method side are carbohydrates, which affect blood sugar the most – fruit, milk, and starch & bread. These are colored in yellow to distinguish them from the other food groups that don’t significantly affect blood sugar (meat, vegetables, fat and free foods). The food categories are shown in proportion to how much of each might be eaten in a healthy, balanced diet. The plate method is a great plan for patients who have poor math or reading skills, or are non-English speaking.