I need low impact carb foods to stop my BS Spikes...

By 1FLYCHIK Latest Reply 2013-03-07 03:06:52 -0600
Started 2013-02-20 16:43:35 -0600

Hello All,

I am looking for some information, recomendations and guidance with this. I am EXTREMELY sensitive to carbohydrates and a simple 20g of carbs will cause my blood sugars to increase dramatically. For example… BEfore lunch my blood sugar was 96, AFTER lunch (also using a meal bolus) my levels went to 243. I am looking for some low impact carb foods to help stabalize my levels from the spikes. I have even gone to the extremes of not even using Dream Fields low impact pasta, I use zucchini for pasta. Any information anyone has would be VERY HELPFUL!

Thank You :)

15 replies

locarb 2013-03-06 15:49:46 -0600 Report

When first diagnosed, I used to obsess about Glycemic Index. There's a difference between GI and Glycemic Load. All the information is useful to test what works for each of us individually. This may sound absurd, but I eat a lot of Indian Food. I avoid the carbs (Naan bread, etc.) and since the vast majority of it is vegetarian anyway, it has strong tastes, extremely low carb and as a result you can eat more. I used to have a hard time always being hungry. I'm not anymore and can eat until I'm full when I have mainly vegetables and spices.

Your tastes change over time, actually it's only a matter of days, and I no longer have cravings for things. I occasionally eat low carb fruit, take lots of supplements and exercise a lot. Exercise can be as little as walking (which is greatly underestimated) and helps keep BG lower.

1FLYCHIK 2013-03-06 17:42:51 -0600 Report

Wow! I honestly dont know anything about Indian food, is there certain meals or types that you eat that I can research?

locarb 2013-03-06 18:48:52 -0600 Report

I think the most fun way to learn is to simply look up any local Indian Restaurant and visit their lunch buffet. You will see lots of new food and they will explain and show you everything. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

RebC 2013-03-06 13:19:07 -0600 Report

Okay, so I am probably not the best person to take advice from on this. I don't really care where my carbs come from…they all affect me the same. BUT! I do have a little sister with T1 as well, who has very brittle diabetes. Her A1C was over 12 at one point, but she has been able to get it down quite a bit by just changing how she eats carbs.

She told me that if she ate 40 carbs of cold cereal/milk in the morning, giving the correct dose to cover that, she would be 300 by lunch. But if she ate 40 carbs of toast with peanut butter on top, giving the same dose, she would be 100 at lunch. The difference is only protein. She tries to eat protein whenever she eats carbs to make sure she doesn't spike…maybe that might help you?

MrsCDogg 2013-03-06 12:41:13 -0600 Report

I find that certain fruits and vegetables impact my blood sugars differently than other. For example, I can eat small amounts of fresh tomatoes and it doesn't do much in the way of raising my sugar. If I should have a binge on cherry or grape tomatoes my sugar will be through the roof! Small amounts of the same vegetable doesn't do much damage either.
If you are craving some pasta try the Dreamfields but don't cooke it past al dentae. What most people consider a bit underdone. Also the same thing with grains like brown rice.
Then again you may be one of those who is just very sensative to starchy carbs.

1FLYCHIK 2013-02-21 02:13:17 -0600 Report

Thanks Nick! I read your post… wow… I can see how you were a little freaked out… I am definitely going to try changing to a pesto as opposed to homemade sauce… even try the dreamfields pasta again… I will update you when I do :)

Nick1962 2013-02-21 14:03:56 -0600 Report

Thanks, please do. I found there are a lot of ways to keep one on a reasonably comfortable diet without resorting to bad, tasteless, hard to find or hard to prepare foods.

Nick1962 2013-02-20 17:58:29 -0600 Report

I’ve done a lot of experiments with food since being diagnosed, and the theory of “low impact” carbs really hasn’t borne out with what works for me. Basically it’s said that anything high in fiber (whole grains, barley, unprocessed oats), or non-starchy green vegetables (green beans, spinach, kale, asparagus and celery) are considered low-impact carbs. It may not be solely the carbs that spike you either, but the sugar content as well.
In theory, a low GI food should be a “low impact” carb, but I found out that most often, what is paired with your carb makes more difference than the carb itself.
For example, pasta for me boosts my levels, but in moderation I can use it. However, pasta with tomato sauce makes my levels soar almost immediately. We’ve discussed it here a while back and it seems the concentrated sugars in the tomato sauce literally pull the carbs from the pasta into the bloodstream faster. I now use pesto with my pasta (the few times I eat it) and am not limited to Dreamfield’s. Shrimp scampi with a small amount of angel hair & pesto, fresh green beans (with toasted almonds of course) is a meal that will raise me, but very “smoothly” if that makes any sense.

Another factor is what your body needs. If you haven’t eaten for a while, you’re going to pull in anything you consume quicker for energy. We need carbs, but in the absence of expected nutrients, the bloodstream (at least in me) seems to take what it can get and try to use it. Example, a single whole grain english muffin will spike me 40 points and drop me within 90 minutes. Adding an egg and piece of roast beef will only spike me 20-30 and maintain it for about 2 hours with a very slow decrease over that time. My bloodstream is busy processing the protein so it tends to wave off the carbs.

That said, I try to match every 1-2 grams of carb with at least a gram of protein where possible, and reduce sugar intake as much as I can. At my extreme I followed the 777 rule: no single food item should contain more than 7g carbs, 7g sugars, and should be at least 7g protein. This is nearly impossible, and I’d only recommend it for someone who needs to lose weight, but offsetting the carbs with beneficial protein and fiber seems to have helped me a lot.

Sorry for the length, but I didn’t have a simple answer.

Lentyl 2013-02-21 14:31:12 -0600 Report

I'm trying Miracle noodles which have no carbs and they work well. Any kind of tomato or tomato product sends my BG high. Miracle noodles take on the flavours of what they are in and they are filling which is a bonus.

Liked your comments Nick.

1FLYCHIK 2013-02-20 18:02:14 -0600 Report

Thank you very much for this! IT is so hard to find what works, everyones bodies are different, but what you referenced, I had not heard before, will definately dive a little deeper into the pairing of the foods! :)

Nick1962 2013-02-20 18:31:11 -0600 Report

Sure, just my experiments, might not work for you. It would be interesting to see what happens with, say, your zuchinni and tomato sauce vs regular pasta and pesto. You have to pay closer attention to your numbers, so you can't experiment quite as easily as I did. A few other memebers here (Graylin Bee and Bamburg) did a few experiments, but here's a couple of mine:

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