Diabetes DTOUR Diet

The Diabetes DTOUR Diet: The Revolutionary New Food Cure is written by Barbara Quinn, a clinical dietitian and certified diabetes educator, and the editors of Prevention Magazine.

It is a six-week program targeted specifically to meet the needs of type 2 diabetics.

However, the authors say that this book is not only for diabetics but also for anyone who is struggling with food cravings, excess weight and chronic fatigue, which may also be signs of an increased risk of developing diabetes.

Quinn says, “many people prefer to ignore the fact that they may be at risk because they fear being forced to live a life of deprivation. Not true.

The Diabetes DTOUR diet was not created as a temporary fix-we developed a plan that provides the tools people need to eat and live healthfully-and happily-for the rest of their lives.”

Diabetes DTOUR Diet Basics

The foundation of this program is an eating plan that highlights foods that are high in the “Fat-Fighting Four” – calcium, vitamin D, omega 3 fats and fiber.

All of these components have been demonstrated in scientific studies to provide benefits for diabetes and fat loss.

  • The book includes a detailed six-week plan where you will eat three meals and two snacks each day.
  • The importance of frequent meals is emphasized because this will help to keep your blood sugar levels stable and energy levels high, as well as help to manage your appetite.
  • Dieters are instructed to be aware of portion control for weight management.

Recommended Foods

Low fat milk, light yogurt, cottage cheese, spinach, kale, broccoli, legumes, salmon, mackerel, turkey, chicken breast, flaxseeds, walnuts, peanut butter, tofu, legumes, omega 3 eggs, whole wheat bread, canola oil, olive oil.

Sample Diet Plan


  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • ½ c spinach
  • ½ c mushrooms
  • ¼ c reduced-fat cheese
  • 1 slice whole grain toast
  • 1 tsp canola oil margarine
  • ½ c fat-free milk

  • 2 c green salad vegetables
  • ¾ c low fat cottage cheese
  • ½ c mandarin slices
  • 2 Tbsp light Italian dressing
  • 2 Tbsp chopped almonds
  • 5 whole grain crackers
Afternoon Snack

  • 6 oz light yogurt

  • Grilled fish tacos:
  • 2 oz grilled fish
  • 1 c shredded cabbage
  • 2 corn tortillas
  • 2 T light sour cream
  • 2 c grilled veggies marinated in 2 T light Italian dressing
  • 1 tsp olive oil
Evening Snack

  • 2 Tbsp hummus
  • 2 whole grain rye crispbreads

Exercise Recommendations

The Diabetes DTOUR Diet  includes a fitness plan that is customized to suit your needs. You are encouraged to gradually increase your exercise intensity as your fitness improves.

Walking is the foundation of the exercise plan and this is supplemented by a strength training routine.

Costs and Expenses

The Diabetes DTOUR Diet: The Revolutionary New Food Cure retails at $24.99.

Available from Amazon →


  • Specifically designed to meet the needs of diabetics.
  • Meal plan created by a registered dietitian.
  • May be used for prevention of diabetes for those with a high risk.
  • May also reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • No calorie counting.
  • Educates dieters about portion control.
  • Program is also available online.
  • Prevention magazine has a strong reputation in health and weight loss.


  • Will not appeal to readers who are outside the target audience.
  • Some recipes include artificial sweeteners and processed foods.
  • Role of calcium in fat loss is not supported by all diet experts.
  • Not suitable for those with allergies or intolerances to gluten and dairy.

Reversing Diabetes is Possible

The Diabetes DTOUR Diet can assist those with diabetes and insulin resistance to lose weight and improve their blood sugar regulation.

It involves a calorie and portion controlled diet that highlights the benefits of calcium, vitamin D, fiber and omega 3 fats for the management of diabetes.

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
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  1. Rhonda Bentley

    I am allergic to gluten but you can substitute that with rice flour based products or potato bread. The rice based products should have a low gi load.