How It Works

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Thrive365 was developed from the ground up for people with non-insulin dependent type 2 diabetes. Our unique and primary focus is on providing a meal planning system for people with non-insulin-dependent type 2 diabetes that distributes food intake evenly across the day. Our solution is unique because it is based on data collected from diabetes experts about appropriate foods to choose.

Your score is a key to the Thrive365 system and using your score for every meal, and following the Healthy-Eating Guidelines - every day will be your key to staying on track with your diabetes diet. By using this one number and following the Healthy-Eating Guidelines - , you no longer need to count carbohydrates or try to figure out food exchanges. We’ve developed an approach that takes into account not only carbohydrates, but also other key nutrients like saturated fat and sodium. Your target is simple – match your score for each of three meals and one snack during the day while following the Healthy-Eating Guidelines. The system is designed to help you balance the food you eat throughout the day, making confident choices to build a diet that aligns with nutrition recommendations for people with diabetes.

Keep in mind that the Thrive365 is still under development and we plan to add new features to make the website and app even better for you in the future. While Thrive365 is focused primarily on nutrition, we envision a system that will provide additional digital tools to help people with diabetes manage other aspects relating to their well-being.

Before trying any new eating program, always consult with your qualified healthcare professional (such as your physician, a registered dietitian or a certified diabetes educator). Thrive365 may complement, but cannot replace, professional dietary advice. And living well with diabetes is not just about good eating. It is equally important to follow a lifestyle that supports diabetes management, like regular exercise, glucose monitoring and tracking, and healthy social connections. It is also important to remember that no single system can meet the needs of everyone, so look for the best fit for you.

How the T365 system works

  • You have non-insulin dependent type 2 diabetes or are pre-diabetic or you care for someone with diabetes
  • You sign up
  • You provide the system with basic information about yourself
  • This information is used to calculate a personalized food score that is broken down into numbers for 3 meals and a snack
  • Using a reference menu and following the Healthy-eating guidelines, you customize your meals to meet these scores

Follow the Healthy-Eating guidelines to help you build your balanced diet:

  • Aim to include the recommended 4 servings of fresh or frozen vegetables daily.
  • Aim to include the recommended 3 servings of fruit, preferably whole fresh fruits rather than fruit juice.
  • Choose whole grains whenever possible such as, whole wheat bread, bran cereal, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, and whole grain crackers.
  • Choose lean meats and aim for 2 servings of fish per week.
  • Try to include at least 2 reduced-fat dairy products daily, such as skim or 1% milk, reduced-fat cheeses and low-fat yogurt.
  • Choose lower sodium canned products such as reduced sodium soups, and vegetables canned without salt.

Tips for using the system successfully:

  • A good approach would be to print out a weekly view of your meal plan and blood glucose logs to share with your diabetes healthcare professional so that together you can monitor the effect of the system on your health
  • Plan ahead! It is easier to meet your meal and snack scores if you plan your meals in advance
  • Follow the Healthy-Eating Guidelines to assure a balanced diet
  • Pay close attention to serving sizes and the assigned score - The score depends on serving size, but double servings don’t always double the score.
  • Increasing or decreasing serving size can allow you to incorporate the foods you choose into your meal plan to meet your allotted score
  • Remember to plan and count beverages and condiments in your meal plan. Water is free but the score for beverages can vary and should be counted as part of your meal/snack score.
  • If you cannot find a Food Score for a food, you can:
    • Build the food from its components (e.g., raisin bagel = 1 plain bagel and ¼ cup of raisins)
    • Build the score using the ‘custom recipe’ function on the website or app
  • If you have the food package, information from the “Nutrition Facts Panel” can be used to calculate the food’s score on the website or app using the ‘custom item’ feature
  • Update your profile information (especially with changes to weight, activity level, age) to update your daily Personalized Score.