Individuals at risk for developing diabetes and those already diagnosed are often fearful and discouraged, believing that an overly restrictive, sugar-free, fat-free, pleasure-free way of eating is the only means to stave off or manage disease. This belief can even keep some patients stuck in a cycle of restrictive eating and binge eating. At the same time, many health practitioners are becoming aware of the benefits of a mindful eating or an intuitive eating approach but stop short of recommending their use in patients with diabetes. Is there really a way to maximize blood sugar control while enjoying food? Is there a way to put guidelines into practice without triggering overeating or binge eating? Absolutely! This session will outline the benefits of implementing a “gentle nutrition” perspective to normalize eating, enjoy food, and provide hope to those managing diabetes.