Number of carbs to consume each meal

Grammy Mammy
By Grammy Mammy Latest Reply 2013-08-22 19:12:02 -0500
Started 2013-08-17 17:55:03 -0500

I have been diagnosed with type 2. How do I know how many carbs to consume each meal?

17 replies

Nora3452 2013-08-21 21:55:11 -0500 Report

I had this exact same question and this is what Dr. Harvey on HealthTap told me: "You should eat 80% of each meal in plant and 20% animal. Get protein and good fat like olive oil coconut oil or nuts at each meal. this will "buffer" the effect of any complex carbohydrates or sugars that naturally occur. This balance will negate carb counting." See here for the full answer:

Try asking your question to other doctors on Healthtap. You can ask questions for free to US doctors who work with diabetic patients.

Type1Lou 2013-08-22 13:49:01 -0500 Report

I would be leery of entirely doing away with the carb counting. I think it's a recipe for disaster. Carb awareness and learning how to mitigate the effects that the carbs we eat have on us is essential, IMHO.

Type1Lou 2013-08-20 18:05:25 -0500 Report

Everyone of us is different and what may work for me may not work for you as others have said. I've found that I can maintain my weight at 120 lbs (I'm 5'3" tall) by eating no more than 120 grams of carb per day. My last a1c was 7.0 (lost some ground from the prior 6.7) and I've begun to exercise more and really, really be careful about counting those carbs. I usually have 30 at breakfast and 45 each at lunch and dinner. Make a habit of reading food labels for carb content and serving sizes…it's eye-opening! Wishing you well!

JadeyJ 2013-08-19 20:50:55 -0500 Report

I personally had cut my carbs to 15-20 grams per meal, for me it helps keep my sugars from spiking too high for too long, I dont feel hungry and i dont really snack, i eat at the same time everyday and consume fruit with my meals.
i avoid simple carbs and have 1 slice of bread a day, everyone is different. I tested my bgs up to 6 times a day to see what food amounts did to me, its all about experimenting whats good for you. Check with your doctor though, as what works for some may not work for others TC and GL

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-08-19 12:21:37 -0500 Report

That can vary by person. Contact your doctor and ask him/her how many carbs per meal you can have. I can have 60 and I divide that in half for between meal snacks.

peggy1255 2013-08-19 08:17:18 -0500 Report

Hi ! It's all going to depend on the individual , everyone is different , as you try differant foods and learn what your body can handle it will get easier , your body will adjust and the weak feel you feel now will get better and you will feel much better, my husband is going through the same as you right now being newly diagnosed , I've had yrs to adjust, believe me it will get better and you will find what best suites you:)

joemonzo08 2013-08-18 17:29:07 -0500 Report

Have to ask you doctor. I am 23 and my doctor said 60-75 per meal with 15-25 snacking carbs. It really depends on the person, have to ask.

GabbyPA 2013-08-18 17:09:44 -0500 Report

This is something that is very personal. The guide lines are as the others have stated, but to be honest, if I eat that many carbs, my numbers are horrific. I have to eat less than that. But that's me. My mom could eat breads and pastas and keep below 140 all the time. It takes some experimenting and seeing how your body reacts to the carbs you eat.

Plus, it's not just any carbs. For me, even a small amount of corn makes my numbers spike. I had to basically give it up. And I love corn. Others can eat it fine. So as you eat make sure to test and see what your meals are doing to your levels. That's how you will find what works for you best.

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-18 17:19:51 -0500 Report

Thank you! For instance this morning I decided to experiment and have oatmeal and berries for breakfast 38 carbs. I usually have eggs banana and a piece of low carb toast about 20 - 25 carbs.
Well I spiked up to 194!

GabbyPA 2013-08-22 18:50:49 -0500 Report

Oatmeal is not my friend....I like it, but it doesn't like me. I have put in the same category as corn. bummer...='(

correctionsnurse1 2013-08-20 23:28:30 -0500 Report

In my opinion it sounds like when you went for the oatmeal and berries that there was little to no protein to bind with the carbs to slow the absorption. Eggs have protein, how do your BS's run when you eat that? I run into the same thing and basically have started eating Egg Beaters adding veggies and cheese and toast. Gets old, but thinking on trying a higher protein smoothie and see how that does. Again, everyone is different on how you metabolize. Good luck!

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-22 19:12:02 -0500 Report

Thanks correctionsnurse1! Yeah, I think oatmeal is definitely not something I should not eat much of at all. I tried this morning with a bowl and had walnuts with it. Spiked up to 223, it did go right back down. By lunch I was at 96.
I usually have 2 eggs 1/2 banana, 1pc. of toast and p-nut butter for breakfast and that works well.
The reason I've been trying with oatmeal is because I would like to gain a few pounds. But when ever I try to incorporate more than 25 carbs per meal my sugar spikes. And if I adjust my ratio any lower I end up dropping too low. Oh well, I'm just glad at this point to have tighter control on things than i've had so far. :-)

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-18 10:57:00 -0500 Report

Yeah, that is what they said at the class I took. 3 40 - 60 carb meals and 2 25 carb snacks per day. I must day that is a lit more carbs than I consume daily. My meals are usually between 20 and 30 and i may have a snack or 2 any where between 5 and 20 carbs. I often wonder if i'm getting enough carbs. Hmmm!

Sherelle112 2013-08-17 18:58:32 -0500 Report

Diabetes education classes that I took recommended 45 carbs per meal… INCLUDING snacks.

Grandmama16 2013-08-18 16:47:24 -0500 Report

One site I was on said 150 a day. I'm thinking I'm on too little carbs. I crave my homemade popcorn and am tired of feeling weak, tired and stressed. I'm learning that grandson, diagnosed at 17, goes through…but is on insulin and pretty much eats what he wants, works hard outside at 23, is strong and seems healthy. I fear for his future tho. I'm 69 and a wimp.

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