Eating right, controlling weight and getting regular exercise will help manage diabetes successfully. The following guidelines are important for diabetes control. Whole Grains, Breads, Cereals, Rice and Pasta: These foods provide complex carbohydrates (starches), which are an excellent source of energy, and good sources of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Fiber may help lower cholesterol levels and control appetite. These foods are naturally low in fat and cholesterol. Just remember not to add extra fat.