what to eat

Shelly 7209
By Shelly 7209 Latest Reply 2012-05-24 17:08:35 -0500
Started 2012-05-22 23:13:53 -0500

Hi. I need to know HOW to figure out how many grams of carbs, fat, protein to each at each meal/snack. My Dr sent me to her diabetes specialist, who directed me to the ADA website, and STILL I can' find any help with determining how many grams of each macronutrient to consume, and when, each day. Any ideas? Any good web sites that will help me do this?

8 replies

Type1Lou 2012-05-24 11:17:49 -0500 Report

Shelly, I limit myself to 120 carbs per day: 30 for breakfast and 45 each for lunch and dinner. Many here have found that they need to set a lower carb level to achieve their goals and others can also consume more. It all depends on your size and activity level and weight and your goals. I'm 5'3" and weigh 119 lbs and am on an insulin pump where I average 16 units of Novolog per day. This is just a guideline and you will need to determine if what works for me works for you. You're on the right track by asking these questions. Don't be shy about raising any concerns with your health team. The more knowledge you have, the better prepared you'll be to make the correct decisions. A word of caution: many of the so-called "Diabetic-friendly" recipes have WAY too many carbs for me, even in books promo'd by the ADA.

cograndma 2012-05-24 17:08:35 -0500 Report

I have found that some of the older ADA diets are from the age of the dinosaurs… they are way too limiting and you can get very bored with their limited selections. One of the bloggers said that they try different things and then check their blood sugars, which I subscribe to.
This will let you know what foods work for you.
I have also found that, when I was diagnosed,( same as some of my friends) the doctor just said that I had diabetes and that I had to watch my sugars. There was no mention of using a gleucometer, thus no teaching what the numbers meant. there was not diet guidelines, just to limit your sugars. No one was telling you that carbs will turn into sugars ( which I knew)…
How can the dr be confident that you will lower your weight, sugars etc if they are not making sure that they are teaching their patients correctly??? Thanks for listening to my "soapbox" speach.

Shelly 7209
Shelly 7209 2012-05-23 15:30:31 -0500 Report

Thank you everyone. It's the number of carbs, etc at each meal that I need to know. I guess I'll try my Dr again. It just seems like she doesn't want to be responsible for telling me, "Eat this many carbs for lunch, and this many for supper." And that's the info I need.

jayabee52 2012-05-23 15:37:23 -0500 Report

the general suggestion for how many carbs to eat per meal is 60 per meal for men and 45 per meal for women. If you want to break it down further multiply the per meal total and get a daily total. Then you could portion out the remainder of the total daily intake by dividing up how many meals you would like to eat and using that as as your per meal figure.

Of course it is something which should be set by you and your Dr or by a Registered Dietician.

ShellyLargent 2012-05-23 13:45:49 -0500 Report

I use two methods to figure out the carb counts. One: I use My Fitness Pal (both the website and iPhone app). It has a pretty good extensive fooddata base. You can also add your own recipes and it will calculate carb, calorie, fat, sodium, etc. per serving. Two: I carry a copy of The Calorie King Calorie, Fat & Carb Counter paperback book. It's widely available at a lot of stores or online and it costs about $10. The book is small enough to easily fit in your pocket or purse.

As far as how many carbs per meal and snack, that you should work with a dietician or diabetes educator. For me, I try to stay at no more than 30g of carbs per meal and only 15g per snack. This works for me to keep my insulin intake to a bare minimum and better weight control, but what works for you may be different. Just depends on what your needs and goals are.

MOMMY_OF_AN_ANGEL 2012-05-23 10:03:56 -0500 Report

Ask your Diabetes Specialist if they can refer you to a Dietician. They will calculate EXACTLY how much you should have at every meal, and also help with carb counting. Its a great way to manage your bloodsugars. For instance, for every 15 grams of carbs I consume, I take 1 unit of insulin.

Type1Lou 2012-05-23 09:41:39 -0500 Report

Ah…that is truly an ongoing challenge. Besides the on-line resources noted by James below, there are many books available. I keep a paperback handy as a reference: "Dana Carpender's New Carb and Calorie Counter." There are also many others available. Many will also list the items from popular restaurants. For example, my favorite fast food is Taco Bell's Mexican Pizza. It has 45 grams of carb, so I don't get it very often. A friend also gave me a Chefmate Digital Nutrition Scale that weighs your food and gives you the nutritional facts based on food weight and a food code that you enter (It comes with a book listing foods and their code.) I'll frequently use it for apples since they can vary so much in size and weight. She bought the scale at Target. Hope this helps!

jayabee52 2012-05-23 03:43:53 -0500 Report

There are several websites of which I am aware:

Perhaps the best one I have found, since it is geared to People with Diabetes, is found here ~ http://foodpicker.org/

Another good site may be found here ~ http://nutritiondata.self.com/

I am guessing there are many more sites which give this kind of information but these are the ones to which I go frequently.

Praying this is helpful for you!