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I've always had trouble using lettuce as a wrap. Too brittle? Tends to break and drop filling all over.

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1/18/16 10:41 A

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PINKLACEHAT (Cher),

I've also eaten fewer carbs by getting Fajitas at a restaraunt, but asking for lettuce to wrap the ingredients rather than soft tortilla shells. "Bib" lettuce works very well, if they have it.

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1/5/16 2:32 A

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I agree, healthy fats are really good for you and have essential nutrients.

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1/5/16 2:30 A

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TennisGMA,

I had a buffalo burger also wrapped in lettuce, and it was really really good which also surprised me.

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I'm with FOXSTAR, nothing wrong with healthy fats.

Decades ago fat got bad press because it had the most calories per gram. You could eat almost double the weight in carbs, even sugar, for the same calories, and more is better.

Well, no, it isn't.

Secondly some fats are unhealthy, but certainly not all fats. A second bit of bad publicity fir fats. But eating fat does not make you fat.

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11/9/15 6:36 A

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If you are eating healthy fat (coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil) it is not you enemy. Yes fat has more calories than carbs but keep you feeling full longer. Look up carbs in Wikkipidia you will find your body does not need them no matter what the nutritionist says. Your body can make what it needs from other foods you eat. For carbs stick with non starchy vegetables and leafy greens and you will get enough for your body.

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I have a hard time sticking with the tracking of my food process. I know that it helps, but when I go off, I don't want to see it in writing! I can see though, that I better get used to it. I started a gym and am getting great exercise. The trainer said he wanted me to eat only 50 grams of carbs and 120 grams of protein, and so far, can't get there! I also have the same problem as some one else stated, when I go low carbs, I get too much fat in my diet.



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My goal at this or was to keep my carbs under sparks recomendation on my food log. So far 100%. Avg around 100. Yesterday at in & out burger ate it protein style. Wrapped in lettuce instead of bun. Was pleasantly surprised. Delicious!

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Powerful message. Amen.

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1700 cal. and 191 carb. daily

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8/6/15 9:47 P

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I have been following the American Diabetes Association's diet after talking to my doctor and getting the calories that she wants me to follow. This diet allows me to have 90 - 105 carbs a day. Blood sugars are responding and that I like. Remember that everyone is different and you should be checking with your doctor about their recommendations and tweaking during follow up visits.

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I am having difficulty with the carbs. I don't plan my meals in advance so after I eat I find I have gone over. Also have difficulty with binge eating. I do fine for a while but then it goes crazy. Need help conquering my need to binge. Any suggestions?

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I want to change my carb amount in the daily record. It only changed it in the bottom summary, but not the Carbohydrates section. Why can't I change it?

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This morning I had FBS of 118! I have been successful staying in my carb range. I even ate out 2 times yesterday. I focused on eating vegetable dishes and no rice or bread. I feel so much better.

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3/25/15 9:18 A

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Way to go, Teacher1220! Lower carbs + more exercise = results.

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I lost 2 pounds, I worked out yesterday. My blood sugar is down from what it was, but I need to tweak it as I continue to a healthier life. My FBS was 131. My goal is to get below 100.

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I've been out of control and now I'm working hard to stay around 130 carbs a day or less if I can. I started this week along with no diet pop. I feel better already and my waist size is smaller (I should have measured before I started), I can tell how my pants fit around the waist.

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WTG, Ice! It is great that your hunger level has decreased. Keep up the good work!

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Keep going AMARANTH13. You can do this!

I am struggling too. We both can do it!

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Good luck with the diet Ice. Having very little hunger, as long as you're healthy, is a good thing.

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Just to update you on my previous post about reducing the amount of carbs in my diet -- I am continuing to move the carb consumption down. The last few days have been about 20 grams of carbs -- that's not "net carbs" that's actual grams of carbs. Forget the 5 servings of fruit and veg. Still haven't seen my blood sugar readings move down, In fact, the level of FBG that I reported earlier has moved up into the 6.0/108 + range. I will try to stick at this carb level for a couple of weeks, to see what difference it makes.

I am also having to restrict protein because the liver can use excess protein to manufacture glucose. (I know, sometimes it feels like the deck is stacked against us!) What's left to eat at 20 grams of carbs and 80 grams of protein? Fat! Fatty-fat-fat-fat! Slab of butter with bechamel sauce anyone?

One advantage of eating this way is that I have very little hunger. I still start thinking of food at my previous meal times (3 meals + 2 snacks), but when I ask myself if I am really hungry the answer often comes back "No". This is the first time in many, many years that I haven't been climbing the walls with hunger 2 hours after a meal!


Edited by: ICEWYNDE at: 2/12/2015 (10:20)
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@NyxWolfWalker: I remember from somewhere that you gain 5 lbs for every point of A1C you manage to lower, high sugars are sent into the fat cells as extra weight if they're not circulating in the blood.. So don't be too hard on yourself for gaining it I'd say, since it is to be expected.

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I've been struggling trying to make low carb work. I know I can't do the 30 g of carbs a meal the diabetes class was advising (and saying we'd 'regret' going low carb but could't tell why, I walked out of the class). My big problem is cravings, cravings so strong it's almost impossible to fight them. Taking a siginificant amount of chromium as a supplement is helping some, and secondly if I crave something I need to make the time to make a low-carb alternative. Unfortunately due to having a full time job I need to keep a roof over my head (and my husband's, he's disabled) and a lot of other health issues (fibro and CFIDS) I often have trouble finding the time or energy to invest in myself.

I haven't found the solution yet but I'm getting better at getting right back on the wagon if I fall off, and at realizing that I need to avoid normal candy at all cost!!! It is (barely) doable to say no when my blood sugars are stable, but once I have some and I'm on the rollercoaster no amount of willpower can help me. So I need to just not start having any. Still I wish I felt I could control myself better.

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My diabetic dietician set me carb goals between 150 and 300 grams a day - and it does work for me, SP has my range at 193 - 236 which isn't to bad in general (its within a workable deal).

I've learned that for me 1:10 is my current/new Insulin to Carb ratio though when ill it drops to 1:5 instead - my average reading is 5 (90) when I wake up most mornings and my A1C as of December 2014 was 5 (so my average numbers are decent)

11 years ago though it was 1:5 (when it was thought that I was actually Insulin Resistant) and almost a 1:1 when ill which was most annoying to say the least when it came to the amount of insulin that I was needing to use daily.

The unfortunately side effect of getting my a1c into range and my numbers where they need to is that in the past year I put on 20 pounds instead of lousing that 20 pounds which I was so NOT pleased to find out when I did my year end calculations (its something to bring up when I see my endro in March).

Can't tweak my eating much more I've already cut out Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, and a host of other foods for various health reasons (allergies to intolerances) and its to the point that I really don't look forwards to eating and its no longer a overly enjoyable deal, though I've become a good cook in the process most meals I make look pro quality and according to my family members fast as good or better then eating out (which is nice to hear, but still).

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I guess I need to remember that we are each an experiment of one, and that I need to research what works for me. Have purchased high protein food and quite a few fresh and frozen veggies for this week. Also "splurged" on a 1/2 pint of blueberries, which from past experiences know are lower on the gylcemic index.

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I am just starting to explore the relationship between carbs and blood glucose. Anyone who has read my blog "I am a Diabetic" knows that I found it very difficult to get much information when I was first diagnosed.

Recently I have been reading "The Glycemic Load Diabetes Solution" by Dr. Rob Thompson. His point is that all carbs are not created equal -- some carbs like white bread and fruit juice can be converted very quickly into glucose by our bodies, resulting in a blood glucose surge, while other carbs like vegetables and low GI fruits are much tougher for the body to digest, meaning that the glucose moves into the blood much more slowly with a resulting lesser effect on our blood glucose readings.

I decided to experiment with my carb levels and have been taking regular blood glucose readings. Yesterday for breakfast I had scrambled eggs, a high-fiber bran muffin and strawberries -- total carb grams. = 37. My fasting BG was 4.8/86 and my BG 2 hours after eating was 5.5/99. This morning we went out for breakfast and I had scrambled eggs with cheese, 1 sausage, 1 slice bacon and 1 pancake with syrup. According to the restaurant's web site this meal has 36 grams of carbohydrate. Fasting BG was 5.5/99 and 2 hours post-meal was 9.9/178.

So the low GI carbs raised my BG by 14% and the high GI carbs raised my BG by 80%. emoticon

So, I think I know not to do THAT again. BTW the fasting readings of 4.8 and 5.5 are about 15% lower than before I started lowering carbs. I was told by the dietician to eat 45 grams of carb per meal and 15 grams per snack for a total of 165 grams a day. But, I had sort of gotten off track, because the spark tracker was telling me to eat more carb. Now that I have thought about it, 165 grams of carbs is only 50% of your diet if your total calorie intake is 1320 per day. I was eating 1400-1500 per day and so was eating up to 187.5 grams of carb by following Spark's (and ADA's) 50% guideline. Now I have moved back to about 140 grams per day and my blood glucose readings are much better. I am going to try moving down to about 120 and see what happens there. Also, I am avoiding refined grains (bread, pasta, rice, cereals, PANCAKES), fruit juices and sugar.

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Cold Turkey. It was and continues to be tough!

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For those of you who have gone very low carb (less than 100 g per day,) did you gradually reduce, till you found the level that worked for you, or did you "cold turkey," and drop to a really low level and add back in until you found the "magic" amount that worked for you?

I did Atkins many years ago, and lost a lot of weight, but really missed having fruit, so eventually went back to my old (and bad) eating habits.

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My educator is in the same neighborhood. Basically 30 per meal; 15 per snack; maybe 45 at dinnertime (which I almost never do). I've been losing weight and my bs has been pretty good on 250 mg metformin. I'm hoping to lose enough weight to get rid of the medicine.

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LongLife7 - My diabeties educator says 150 carbs a day is good. If she's right, you could add 5 carbs to each category. I saw her at a major hospital so I'm assuming she's right.

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not that I am doing it now but my dietician said for me to plan like this

Break fast & Snack 45carbs
Lunch & Snack 45carbs
Supper & Snack 45carbs

No carbs carry over to the next time frame. You can eat a lot this way if you are eating veggies and healthy proteins. It does take planning, preparation, and packing. It did work
I did lower all the bad stuff, and I did lose weight. But like always I fell off the wagon.


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I've been keeping to around 100 g carbs per day -- and have lost weight. But best news of all -- I brought my AIC down from a high of 8 down to below 6!

I just couldn't do the 60 carbs my doctor recommended. But 40 lbs in 7 months is nothing to sneeze at!

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For more fiber try whole grains. Choose the right cereal. i.e. 1/2 cup of Fiber One = 14 grams of fiber. Also eat beans. Remember when you increase your fiber intake to drink lots of water. Water is good any time.

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I just posted to another discussion, but I think maybe this is the right place. I'm trying to cut my carbs to under 60 net per day. This really seems to be helping my blood sugar readings, but I'm having trouble getting enough fiber. The veggies don't seem to be doing it. Any suggestions?

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GEORGE815,
I happen to know from other forums that KATTREE is not taking any medication for her type 2 diabetes. She was, but she decided to try managing it by eating low carb.

So her reported results are medication free. I too manage my type 2 diabetes with food choices alone. I don't eat things that are more than 6% net carbs by weight. Yes it is a little restrictive, but needing to take pills with you all the time is also restrictive.

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Belated congrats on the 6 score for your A1C. Are you taking less medicine now?

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thanks for the suggestions, will try them

Congrads on the a1c of 6

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fbs 126 got my a1c back yesterday 6 emoticon

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or shred cauliflower raw and cook dry with small amount of coconut oil and mix half and half with the rice

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Get Basmati rice. Long-grain Basmati is the lowest on the glycemic index.

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I'm craving white rice...any ideas?

I also got some chicken lunchmeat, and wrapping it around celery, and about 15 minutes later, I'm so-ooooo hungry, what gives?

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5/22/14 11:21 A

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I am so glad I found this thread today!! I started the New Atkins Plan on April 1, 2014 and have lost about 13 pounds and my numbers are good but I was having doubts that I was doing the right thing. I am so used to eating regular "diet" food and counting calories or points that when I looked at carbs I was horrified. I started questioning if I was doing the plan right. But like yall are saying it's the blood sugar numbers first then the weight loss!

I'm still confused but I will continue and see what happens! I'm doing about 30-35 gr. of net carbs a day or at least trying to!

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James, i guess humans can get used anything
, even rabbit food. I just hope my ears don't grow long and floppy and get bushy tail cos that'd just be weird. This morning i ditched my usual ham and cheese sandwich for breakfast and had whole honeydew melon, one whole grape fruit, a banana and more supplements than you can shake a stick at.

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Subject: Rabbit food

Hi Jeff,
Yes I used to think of various vegetables as rabbit food. I only ate them to soothe my conscience, and even then not very much.

Since cutting out carbs, except for those in low carb vegetables, I can honestly say that my taste preferences changed. Unbelievable really. I now love zucchini and many other vegetables. Even ones that I downright disliked, cucumbers for example, are now OK, not great but OK.

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5/14/14 5:39 P

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Jeff,

Hang in there, it will all come together. A quick note, you can enter in food that is not already listed. If you take the information from the label. On your food tracker it will say "enter food not listed". Then it will be there for the next time. Your making an effort. It's about small steps. Good Luck.

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5/14/14 5:32 P

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Hi Juniorssister and James. The nutrition labels are labeled in grams for carbs here if they are labeled for carbs at all. And the school lunches have nothing in the way of nutritional labeling. So i can only second guess on my carb intake. I am on insulin and yes I check my glucose levels like 4 to 8 times a day.
I've been using the spark food tracker but half of the things i eat aren't on the food list.
So i havent been counting carbs i'm still semi newly diabetic. I've been muddling along trying to eat more rabbit food and avoiding alcohol and chocolate...except i'll use low bs levels as an excuse to have chocolate.

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Hi Juniorssister and James. The nutrition labels are labeled in grams for carbs here if they are labeled for carbs at all. And the school lunches have nothing in the way of nutritional labeling. So i can only second guess on my carb intake. I am on insulin and yes I check my glucose levels like 4 to 8 times a day.
I've been using the spark food tracker but half of the things i eat aren't on the food list.
So i havent been counting carbs i'm still semi newly diabetic. I've been muddling along trying to eat more rabbit food and avoiding alcohol and chocolate...except i'll use low bs levels as an excuse to have chocolate.

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5/14/14 11:15 A

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Exactly, what the carb amount that is listed for the product. For example one cup of fresh strawberries might be 12 Carbs, for me I might only take a half a cup. My food tracker is shared, feel free to take a look for an examples. I am by no means an expert, but I'm willing to share what I know, and I'm willing to learn. The amount of carbs that are effective in both good blood sugar control and weight loss is very individual.

If you aren't already I would encourage you to track your food. Do you currently test your sugar? Or are you just trying to make better choices? If you test your sugar, it is a lot of trial and error. Test your sugar before a meal, wait at least two hours and test again. Something that is referred to as testing in pairs. Keep careful track of what you eat. You can note your numbers on your spark food tracking page. Then you will be able to determine what works well for you. After awhile, you will know what works for you and what does not.

I agree with James fully, the amount carbs recommended is to high for me personally to maintain control without shots.

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5/14/14 9:07 A

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JEFFJAPAN,
The diabetes association has "one carb choice" defined as something with about 15 grams of carbs. They do suggest 2 or 3 choices per meal, so about 30 to 45 grams of carbs per meal.

So at 3 meals a day that comes to something like 90 to 135 grams a day. My type 2 diabetes is NOT under control at 90 grams a day. I've measured. But this is about 1/3 of the North American average of 330 grams a day. So it is lower, but in my mind not low enough.

However they are not aiming for drug free management as I am. The problem is that it is hard to sell such a radical approach, so the Diabetes Association takes the middle road on this. Too bad.

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5/14/14 3:08 A

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I understand one carb choice is one selection it's used for carb substitution. But what exactly is one Carb count? Is it measured by the gram ? So
Carbs 40 would be 40 grams of carbs?

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5/13/14 8:35 P

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When I refer to 40 Carbs I mean actual Carb Count.

What I think you might be referring to, is something my Diabetic Educator used as an example, and they would say, pick 1 Choice, 1 Selection meaning One Choice equals 15 Carbs. Atleast that has been my experience

For me, good blood sugar control comes first, and weight loss comes second. Right now that amount of carbs helps to keep me shot free.

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5/13/14 3:31 A

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Hi Juniorssister. When you say that you stay at 40 carbs do you mean 40g grams of carbs or 40 units where one unit is 15grams of carbs?

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Following those Diabetic Guidelines of 45 per meal, will make a Diabetic go crazy. Or atleast for this diabetic it did.I am not, nor do I profess to be any type of medical professional. This is my experience and what worked for me. I started on 4 shots a day, oral meds twice a day. Following what that guideline said I should follow. If your not finding the success you want, start tweaking. What I can say for sure, is that our bodies are all different, what works for one, may not work for another. I have now eliminated my meal time shots, and my sugar has been steadily hoovering around 95. At 49, its the first time in a long time I'm losing weight, slowly, but it's coming off.. I keep my carbs no higher than 50 a day. Mostly staying around 40. I'm sure to get my carbs from veggies. Keeping my protein low, and my fat alittle higher. There is a wealth of information here and people are so supportive. I'd encourage you not to be afraid to try different things. If it doesn't work for you, try something different. Keep your doctors and nutrionist as part of the plan, but keeping exploring to see what does and doesn't work for you.

I also recommend tracking. For a long time I tested in pairs, meaning before I ate, and then 2 hours afterward, you need that much time for your body to process properly. Then see what spiked you, and what didn't. In beginning it's alot, but it will give you the best information possible, what works for you.

Be your own investigator, you are worth it. Over time, things might change, and you have different results or reactions. Record, Journal, Read and Investigate.

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In my opinion the Glycemic Index is only slightly useful. It helps you pick foods with less of a blood sugar spike, more of a spread. However even better is to avoid carbs in the first place rather than just smooth their effect out.

You can be eating a lot of things with a low GI and the effect is a long term spread of more carbs. Not all that helpful.

It is very easy to avoid high carb things with few adjustments in what you eat. For example eating mashed cauliflower rather than mashed potatoes. After you don't eat the high carb things it is easier to go further and make choices on other things that lower your carb intake even more. Your blood sugar measurements will show the impact.

James

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I've tracked my carbs for years, and tried to stay within the Diabetic Educator/Dietitian's goal of 45/meal 15/snack....my A1C continues to stay at 7 or below (126) but I have highs especially in the morning around 9 (162) which I know is normal and up & down during the day. Which I understand is not the way Diabetic should be. We should try to stay consistent, rather than up & down significantly. Last week, I start eating by the Glycemic index, still using the 45/meal goal and for the 1st time, since I started on meds(metformin(4)/diamicron(1) my morning BS is 6.9 (124). emoticon so I think I continue with watching carbs & using Glycemic Index. By the way I work in front of the computer so sit all day, but walk most days for +/- 1 hour.

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