How do you cut the carbs?

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette Terry Latest Reply 2013-04-23 19:37:33 -0500
Started 2013-04-16 21:32:08 -0500

Everyone has their own way of cutting out the extra carbs in their diet in order to help their diabetes control. Some cut out dessert, some cut out the bun on their burger or the pasta, and some cut out all of these plus some. And then there are those like me that aren't so good at cutting out the things I love so I try to cut some here and some there trying to stay on track. No matter how you do it, I think we all could benefit from the ideas and experiences of others. So please do share with us how you cut the carbs down in your diet.

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Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-23 10:26:47 -0500 Report

I can't always cut out the extra carbs because I need them based on my activity for the day. If I am going to be at home I cut out extra carbs. If I am doing a community walk, shopping or vending, I need every extra carb I can get because I burn them off. I usually eat more carbs in the mornings than I do in the evenings.

I also use common sense when eating a meal. I rarely eat pasta, rice or potatoes. When I do eat then I use a fork or spoon, with pasta I stick my fork in. What comes out on the fork, I eat. I use a tablespoon for rice and potatoes or other starchy veggies. I don't eat bread with any starchy veggie. I still eat a regular cookie, a pastry or cake but that also depends on my numbers and my activity.

KittyKristi 2013-04-17 08:36:50 -0500 Report

Cheryl you crack me up every time!!! <3
I find it very hard to watch my carbs! I've switched to 100% whole wheat bread, the only cracker I will eat is a wheat thin but I try to avoid those too. I've elementated potatoes, white rice… Switched to whole wheat pasta if I eat pasta. Good substitute for pasta is spaghetti squash!

Type1Lou 2013-04-17 08:10:50 -0500 Report

I replace the spaghetti pasta on MY plate with french style green beans and put the sauce and cheese on top of the beans. My husband can still have his pasta while my plate is much lower in carbs. A low carb lasagna can be made substituting the pasta with either eggplant, cabbage or spinach. I've eliminated most starchy veggies, rice, cakes, cookies, pies, crackers, breads, chips and those types of snacks. I do have two slices of Wasa Rye Crisp bread for breakfast along with sugar-free jam or fresh fruit and Fage Greek yogurt. With the milk in my coffee, it adds up to 30 grams of carb. For snacks, I eat nuts…peanuts and almonds, mostly. Emerald brand has some Cocoa-Roasted or Cinnamon-Roasted Almonds sweetened with Sucralose. I haven't yet tried substituting Almond Flour for wheat flour in some baked goods but do want to experiment with that since I used to love to bake…don't do much baking anymore since it's too tempting to eat the stuff!

Armourer 2013-04-17 00:41:01 -0500 Report

I'm different from Scarlet, I have a baseline insulin then add 1 unit for every five carbs. First is to remember about portion control (this is my biggest problem), and although I've cut my portion's by half, I'm finding I can still slice that in half again. I can't process carbs well at all. I will not eat potatos, peas, carrotts (cooked), corn, pasta of any kind, beards of any kind, rice of any kind, all desserts, cakes, cookies, pies. I drink only water. It is hard, really hard, but carbs are just no good. I was adding insulin if I wanted any of these, all I did was gain weight and have high BG.

sNerTs1 2013-04-17 07:13:44 -0500 Report

I'm with Harlen, I use a knife. At least we think alike! Ok so I giggled, but that's just me. Armourer cut BEARDS of any kind and I certainly would too! I love typos, especially when they are just like the ones I make … Ty for that giggle too Armourer :)

SERIOUSLY … Though, I was a huge white eater! I was brought up as a meat and tater girl, more whites than meat as my parents were not wealthy and there were a lot of mouths to feed. So as you can imagine, I had whites shock when I learned that those are basically feeding me pure sugar. It's then that I said ~ do I want to lose my eyesight, have amputations, have heart problems? Mine was more of a mental cut than a food cut. I would ask myself if eating this potato was worth a shortened future … more than less likely the answer was no.

I eat mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes, i always loved cauliflower so that wasn't a hard decision. I use spaghetti squash for my pasta (even my husband loves that). Breads (beards too) are still harder for me :).

What a good question, I cannot wait for more comments to learn. *Hugs* Cheryl

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-23 10:42:48 -0500 Report

LOL Cheryl there is nothing like humor to start the day. I think our eating habits are based on what and how we ate as kids. With just my sister and I to feed, we never knew the struggles of others because we always had more than enough food in the house. My father was meat and potatoes with veggies thrown in. He never gained weight until he retired. I think it was the gallon of ice cream per week with his cookies and candy. I could look at cookies, candy and cake and the weight would jump onto my body if I walked past it.

I suffered abuse from a family friend as a child and with the threats he made, I felt I was the most miserable, loneliest person on the planet. Candy, cookies and cake became my comfort food. I would sneak these things to take to bed at night because when I woke up from a nightmare I needed something to make me feel good.

Today, I think like you do, is this potato worth losing a limb, vision or the added weight. I did cut out all whites at first and that helped get my blood sugar under control.

I tried the whole grain, multi-grain and whole wheat breads and found them to be high in carbs so I switched to sourdough which works fine for me. I learned that in order to stay healthy, I have to eat healthy. I have incorporated yogurt. I tried the greek yogurt but it was way too tart for me. I am going to try cauliflower again. I never liked that or squash as a kid but my parents and my sister love it. Never too old to try or learn something new.

Scarlet03 2013-04-16 21:37:06 -0500 Report

If I do carbs…I go by the units of insulin…1 unit for 10 carbs..and at the most I do 5…but in some meals I do 30 to 40… so I know what I can eat ahead of time. And usually its a simple sandwich or a salad…breakfast is more protien so it lasts longer during the day

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