Interestingly, I always though going low carb was a good idea. I did that for over a year back when I was 50 (not diabetic) and lost a lot of weight. I thought that it would something good if you were diabetic. I'm finding out that that assumption is WRONG!
The recommendations given at the clinic is 40-65 carbs per meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) with snacks filling the gap between meals and at bed time...or don't go more than 4-6 hours between eating carbs. They break carbs into units, 15 carbs per unit. You are suppose to have 3-4 units per meal. Snacks are 1-2 units. The whole idea is to keep an even amount going in, to keep the sugar in your blood more ever though out the day.
One thing you shouldn't do is save up your carb count for a big load at one meal. Example...eating fewer carbs for breakfast and lunch so you can blow the daily budget at one sitting for dinner at the all you can eat pancake house, or a six pack of Bud. So keep that in mind. Keep it evened out through the day. That bed time snack is really important and I'm sure it's not what you hear from the regular dieters out there. You need to hit the pillow with 1-2 carb units under your belt. I have a piece of Stoneground Whole grain toast with peanut butter and sometimes a few slices of banana on that. Crackers and a bit of cheese or half an apple work too.
With that...I'm certainly not going hungry and it's an effort for me to keep that many carbs in my daily eating plan and keep it sensible. I'm also needing to shed about 50-60lbs so it will be interesting to see how I'll accomplish that bit. That's where the fat count comes in.
When I get some time I'll look for some good info on the web and post it here. It's really not a diet like we think of diabetic diets. It's just sensible eating habits and testing with your meter.
In Canada, we get the diabetic clinics & education programs etc, for free. We have three, three hour sessions for newbies. There there is the nutritionists etc...(all free). There is a lot of good information on the web too.
So far, I really need to work on two things...and should probably make those my biggest goals at the present time. Drinking enough water, and increasing my exercise level. At the moment, if I can get in a 15 minute walk twice a day, I'm doing good. I'll work up the timings over the next couple of weeks. My hardest time for exercise is the winters as they are miserable here and long. I'll start worrying about that in November.
The are having a sale on big bags of Splenda at Costco. (in Canada at least) Tomorrow is the last day.
Time for that drink of water...
Edited by: MATOKUWAPI at: 3/21/2009 (22:30)
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