Personnally, I found that using the Diabetic exchange system an easier way to keep control of the amounts of carbs, protien and fats because I am choosing foods from specific categories. For example, a veg is from a veg category, not from the carb category which is starchy.
Not very many people like that system, but hey, it's whatever works for each of us, right?
However, when you lump all carbs together you much be dilligent that you get enough but not too much of those macro nutrients. Most diabetics usually get way too many "carbs"
My best suggestion would be for you to see a Diabetes Nutritionist. By that I mean someone who is experienced with diabetes patients. Many nutritionists, although very good generally, so not have the experience that diabetics need to help them build a balanced meal plan.
And remember that every diabetic is unique so the progam must be customized as to what works for the individual. That means, test, Test, TEST. It takes a lot of hard work, diligence and experimentation to find what will work for you.
hi linda welcome to the team that is a hard one sometimes and i will tell you six small meals a day you can eat more..i have chronic kidney disease and on the kidney diet the no no were so many that i could barely get in 800 a day if that.. and i tell you i felt awful ideas for for more calories dring the day tablespoon of peanut butter licked from a tablespoon little kid style there are a few carbs there but it is mostly protein from the nuts raw walnuts lots of fiber and eat them out of hand 1/4 cup 400 calories right there and more protein..i am not real great on rabiit food it's ok but it doesn't stay with you like the peanut butter does..my maintenace calorie range is 1200 to 1600 calories a day i maintain a 273 pound loss on those expanded calories..the peanut butter is also got some great fats in it of the right kind..look around and find those little blessings just get the calories in and don't worry about eating before bedtime the body does not store those calories but uses them the same way it does during the day try a few spoons of cottage cheese and some oranges or apple slices..sometimes it takes practice but you can do it and we are here for you 24/7 the lady mary
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Hi Linda, I have the opposite problem..I eat TOO MANY Calories and Carbs!
But I know what you mean..it's a bit of a juggling act to get enough nutrients, protein and sometimes even fiber.
You really have to THINK about every meal, and ask do I have this balanced, enough protein..if I add a dairy, will it help? Can I sneak in another vegetable? Can I cut some fat if I cook it another way? It requires planning. I need to think ahead..if we are going to an Italian Restaurant for dinner...then at lunch I don't want a sandwich with bread, so I'll have a Salad. and try to go low carb that day. . One of the things I struggle with is calcium..I rarely get enough. Same with some other nutrients.
So, Sorry, I don't have any easy simple answers for you . But Good Luck!
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