Ha — you had no idea that this would become a food-obsessed, diabeties-centric blog, did you. Hopefully, it won’t stay this way.
When I first was diagnosed with diabetes the hardest part was figuring out how to eat. I got the basic idea — balance not too much fat , keep the carbs to the right amount….etc. However, no one would give me a number. Finally in a nutrition class I got some numbers 60 grams of carbohydrates per meal( 4 servings) and maybe 30( 2 servings) for snacks. Then test and see how it goes.
In the end, 45 at a meal and 15 at a snack worked best — With no counting of the veggie carbs unless they made up a major portion of the meal. There was wriggle room, so it wasn’t really too difficult.
Now things are very different. 15 grams of carbohydrates can make a big jump in blood sugar. So I really have to make choices. Sigh.
I am a snacker, a grazer. And ‘they ‘ will tell you it is a good way to eat. And it is , as long as you make the right choices. When I first started grazing more , it was great . That is when I learned to eat 2 cookies and not the entire box. It is also when I learned that snacking counts. Which means think about what food you need. Of course, diabetes complicates things. It takes away the easy snacks of crackers and cookies and bread. So I have started breaking the habit of reaching for the easy carb snacks.
New snack list:
Nuts, cheese , raw veggies, Whole fruit, nut butters on whole grain bread, hard-boiled eggs,fake crab ( I love it ), ricotta cheese – plain, with cinnamon, or fruit, sliced ham or turkey. In all cases of carbs – mix with a protein.
Off the list — or rare anyway:
plain crackers, dried fruit, bagels, french bread, and the obvious — cookies, sweet breads , backed good, sweetened yogurt, pudding, smoothies.
It turns out , that I really don’t like most artificial sweeteners. Even splenda tastes odd, if not truly bad. so some things just have to be rare. But typing out the list is good. See how much more food is on the snack list than on the rare list. Oddly one of the good things about diabetes is that I realized how limited my thinking about food can get. I like food — all kinds of food, but habits, well, they can kill you. And breaking habits can be delicious.
I went to the doctor’s a couple of days ago. General check up. Most of my numbers were good, and I haven’t been sick enough to go into the doctor’s for over a year. However, the one number I thought was going to be bad, was bad. Worse than it has ever been. yes , my blood sugar has been way too high. Happily, my doctor is cool about doing a retest in 3 months to see if I can get a downward trend going on. Unfortunately, this means paying a lot of attention to food and exercise. That is cranky making. And I have to figure out what a new baseline number should be. and be patient. The Numbers had a year to get this high, so who knows how long it will be before they go down. Today: food is hard. thinking about food makes me hungry. Numbers — all over the place and they make no sense to me at all. Exercise – easy.