how do you keep track of what you eat.

Alexsmom3105
By Alexsmom3105 Latest Reply 2013-04-08 23:31:56 -0500
Started 2012-07-01 01:01:28 -0500

I was just curious how everyone keeps track of their carbs and calories. Do you just count your carbs? Count calories? Count carbs and calories? I have never been good at counting calories but I will work on it if that is what I have to do.

Thanks,
Tracy


23 replies

BellaJ1977
BellaJ1977 2013-04-08 23:31:56 -0500 Report

I count carbs to regulate my sugars. I am having issues with my sugars not regulatin g so hoping to get that checked out soon. I read labels on everything I buy which helps as well. Be careful of any so called lower fat foods as they have a ton of carbs and sugars added for better taste.

Roxannescott
Roxannescott 2013-04-08 21:52:58 -0500 Report

I count carbs because I'm on a pump..which I think for a runner would be great! You can figure out how your sugars run while you're running! I find the pump WAY easier than shots to manage being active…

janet ann
janet ann 2012-07-21 17:37:08 -0500 Report

I count carbs so i can balance my insulin, i have found that a side effect of this is that i eat less calories without thinking about it.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2012-07-09 09:31:55 -0500 Report

I count carbs for each meal and snack so I can bolus appropriately since I'm on insulin. I keep a paperback carb guide with me so I can check the carb values. I also have a scale at home that allows me to enter a food code and then weigh an item; the scale then calculates the carbs in that item. I use it most frequently for apples since they can vary greatly in size and weight. Some lower carb snacks are peanuts and almonds, celery sticks (w/PB), cucumber, berries. I avoid chips, pretzels, cookies, cakes, pastry, candy and high carb fruit. Although, I do permit myself an indulgence now and then…One square of Dove dark chocolate with a spoonful of all natural (just peanuts and salt) Peanut Butter is about 7 grams of carb. I would suggest keeping a notebook handy to write down all that you eat and the carb content of each…it will help familiarize you with the foods you frequently eat and makes you realize how much you are actually eating. You'll get to know the carbs of your favorites too. (Yeah, its a pain but you need not do it forever…just a tool to use.)

Personally, I don't pay attention to calories and just track carbs. There are also several sites that enable you to input recipe ingredients and will give you the nutritional values per serving (you need to specify how many servings the recipe makes). I like the recipenutrition.com site)

IronOre
IronOre 2012-07-07 03:05:10 -0500 Report

Two things I am not very good at is keeping track of my checkbook, and counting carbs.
I do my best at estimating my carbs at each meal, and if I need to make an adjustment I will check my BS later.
I am doing very well by doing things that way.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-07-03 22:09:54 -0500 Report

I use my own sheet I made up count carbs. I also find myself not logging because I tend to eat a lot of the same meals, SAFE meals is whAt i call them. They work and are tasty, and best of all don't raise BG levels!

beachlvr
beachlvr 2012-07-03 19:09:43 -0500 Report

I use the app meals on the go. It allows you to enter what u eat on a plate from their charts and it figures everything for you. It is a great site and fun to do

DeanaG
DeanaG 2012-07-02 09:34:26 -0500 Report

I use a food journal from Calorie King. It tracks calories, carbs, fat, water intake and exercise.

Controlled
Controlled 2012-07-01 14:03:20 -0500 Report

I basically read labels and learned over time. I just make a mental note of what I'm eating and like others have stated, I eat fewer carbs than that. That's what works for me.

Nichole07
Nichole07 2012-07-01 13:25:39 -0500 Report

My doctor told me to have 30 carbs per meal 3 times a day and in between a low carb fruit if I want but of course every body's bodies are different

Kirla
Kirla 2012-07-01 09:15:26 -0500 Report

If using insulin you should be counting the carbs you eat so you know how much insulin to take.

I don’t use insulin or take any meds. So I don’t count anything.

I don’t eat any foods that have more than 5-6 net carbs per serving. Its something I started when my blood sugar was in the 300 plus range. By following my plan I was able to control my blood sugar in about 6 weeks. My A1C went from 14.1 to 5.9 in about 3-4 months. Have been keeping it at 6 or less for over 3 years now.

JSJB
JSJB 2012-07-01 05:02:20 -0500 Report

I use a spread sheet. Nothing fancy. Just what I eat, blood test, weight, carbs, blood pressure etc. You can set it up any way you want but it helps to see what you are doing to keep your condition under control

RAYT721
RAYT721 2012-07-01 01:56:27 -0500 Report

livestrong.com has a "tool" called My Plate D.

JSJB
JSJB 2012-07-01 05:11:25 -0500 Report

Checked out livestrong and it really covers everything. Tooo much info so I'll stick to the spread sheet. Thanks for the link might sign up later

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-07-01 01:30:35 -0500 Report

I just estimate carbs and don't worry about calories, but I'm not on insulin. If I were, I would need to be more precise.

JSJB
JSJB 2012-07-01 05:13:14 -0500 Report

I keep track of carbs, b/s, food, exercise and weight in a spread sheet. The info does come in handy.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-07-01 01:13:59 -0500 Report

I am concerned about carbs primarily.

JSJB
JSJB 2012-07-01 05:15:28 -0500 Report

James I also keep track of carbs been doing it for over 30 years. Since getting or being pre diagnosed with this condition, I find that more carbs keeps my sugar in the normal range. I don't go crazy with eating carbs but stay in the 80 to 110 range for the day.

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