Diabetes: Rationing My “Carb-Bucks”

“Let’s talk about what we consume. And that which we do not eat. Some believe a diet is important in diabetes control, while some believe carbs are fine as long as they are counted and bolused for. Which side of the fence do you fall on?”

Nothing Appears to ruffle feathers.   I hate that I am supposed to pick sides.   So I am not likely to. Instead, share my conflicted feelings on the topic, and I am going to be blunt:

First off, who doesn’t love carbs? Pretty much all of the food items which fit the descriptions “yummy” and “comfort foods” are carbohydrate-rich. Let’s face it, people crave carbs. And for good reason. They do provide most of the instant fuel which our bodies run on.   One of the things about getting diabetes is the guilt associated with eating carbs.

Guilt? Why yes, since I do recognize that the more steady my blood sugar, the fewer carbs I eat will remain.   Carbs spike your blood sugar, some more rapidly than other people, which is of course what the Glycemic Index intends to explain.

However, I’ve attempted to live, and I find it hard. I believe my food choices are unacceptably limited; do not forget, I am allergic to wheat along with the diabetes. This really helps me keep my carbohydrate intake naturally, because I can’t indulge in “real” bread, baked goods, or pasta. I take my carbs mostly in assorted types of rice and granola bars, the shape of tortilla chips, and some fruit and wheat-free crackers. I enjoy my yogurt. So shoot me. At least I’ve got the insulin dosing down fairly well today.

I describe my approach as ingesting “carb-consciously.” I think of it. Usually I try to keep it down to 45g or not as of carbohydrate per meal, I have to choose how to “spend” which stipend: will I go to get a huge scoop of pinto beans with that skirt beef? Or bypass the beans and eat the berries instead? I think that this is a good way to start it, as you have only got so much carbohydrate to go around, and you do not wish to squander it on something not-yummy-enough to become bolus-worthy!

Besides struggling to ration my “carb bucks,” that which I find hard is the hard-line some folks take on the low carb issue. You will find it satisfying to stick together with Dr. Bernstein’s recommendation of 12g carbohydrate per meal (like what? six blueberries? ), but I don’t. Please do not judge me, or try to push your self. Eating carbs does not make me an patient. It just makes me human.   Have some regard for fellow PWD’s lifestyle choices, please.

Food choices are a issue.   And I am not trying to lose weight!  

I had been more than a bit surprised when specialist CDE Gary Scheiner really recommended eating carbs for snacks (I’d been gravitating towards low-carb choices like cheese, salami and nuts, which are rather high-fat).   Gary claims that carbs are easier to forecast and easier to dose to get, and that all snacks will effect your blood sugar. What should you know?

Do I carbohydrate? Yes, I really do. Without spending too many of those carb bucks — but I’m always on the lookout for some new low-carb foods that are fantastic I can enjoy.

Editor’s Note: For all my ideas and some great Guest Posts on carbohydrates and diabetes, please read the Food Section of the site.

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