Carbs: How many do you eat per meal or day?

Debe Pendice
By Debe Pendice Latest Reply 2009-02-26 06:45:56 -0600
Started 2009-02-05 07:14:12 -0600

I am trying to set a new base for my carb in take. My dietitian thinks I should eat 45 carbs per meal, thats 135 per day. I actually think that is way overboard. I like to know what everyone else is doing?

27 replies

tira 2009-02-26 06:45:56 -0600 Report

breakfast : 2 black bread, 1 fruit
snack : 1 carb
lunch : 2 carb
dinner : 1 carb
supper : 2 carb

=8 carbs! A LOT! but i feel satisfied, if i eat only fruits, i'll stil go to the shop n buy a choc or sumting sweet, like cookies =)

rbergman 2009-02-08 09:14:21 -0600 Report

Laura's carb intake was just changed to 30-45 @ breakfast, 45-50 @ lunch and 50-60 @ dinner. For a total of 125-150 per day not counting snacks which they wanted no more than 5-10 per snack and only 2 a day if possible. She was also given a more structured exercise plan and we need to weigh her once per week and journal everything from meds to diet to exercise to emotions etc. At her visit she was 107lbs, in the beginning they want a slowing weight gain (she's gaining about a pound a week now) to no weight gain at all, then a loss of 1-2 lbs minimum per month. I really hope this new plan will work its no fun for a 7yr old girl to be that heavy and other kids don't understand its medical all they see is a fat little girl to tease…

SkipT 2009-02-07 18:47:16 -0600 Report

I am on the low end of the low carb lifestyle. I follow 6-12-12. That is 6 for breakfast, 12 for lunch or dinner.

2009-02-07 18:49:34 -0600 Report

Hi Skip! I wanted to thank you for the info on the free meter. I got mine and it's great! Hope you've been doing okay! Take care, Angie

roger 2009-02-06 08:29:43 -0600 Report

go check the cereal in the kitchen it will shock you on the carbs what cereal has more carbs toasted oats or apple express amd how far apart are they?

roger 2009-02-06 08:32:53 -0600 Report

toasted has 23g per cup and apple express has29gper cup . look in at your cereal the kids cereal is lower than you think. i dont eat it offten but it is not as bad as you mite think

Alex's mom
Alex's mom 2009-02-05 22:05:31 -0600 Report

I have been counting my son's carbs, but think it is unfair to be 11 and growing and be told you can't have anymore food. Isn't that what kids do when they grow? Eat. I just want him to be honest about what he eats. My husband thinks cereal is the sin of all sins. the kid loves it. It is full of vitamins, etc… Most people don't want to admit that. If life is miserable and you can't eat- will you control your diabetes?

dj7110 2009-02-06 08:23:06 -0600 Report

I too don't understand how cereal can be a sin.. It mainly depends on the kind you eat. And different foods effect different people differently. Of course, I could never eat something like sugar smacks or frosted flakes, but can tolerate rice crispies, or corn flakes. My main cereal when I have it is oatmeal though (which is also good at lowering chlesterol. When having cereal I also add fruit on top to sweeten with such as berries, bannanna. I just have to make sure I keep track of total carbs from cereal, fruit & milk all togeather to stay within my diet, and avoid the high sugar cereals.

rbergman 2009-02-08 15:29:38 -0600 Report

We are lucky there I guess, neither of our youngest kids that are still at home care much for the sugary cereals, they like things like the honey nut cheerios but that's about as far as it goes for the sweetened ones, its more rice crispies, crispix, regualr cheerios and regular corn flakes, they even choose to eat their pancakes with no syrup, but of course they like me to put the marg. on them while they are hot and let it soak in, then they wait till the pancake is cold and roll them up and eat them by hand lmao…I don't know where they got that from but they like it that way.

GabbyPA 2009-02-06 09:52:38 -0600 Report

There are a lot of things that you can add to his diet that will keep him full and healthy. Berries, veggies with peanutbutter or cream cheese, nuts...ther are tons of things he can have that are not carb laden. It does take time to adjust the thinking and sometimes it is not as convenient, but it is better than cutting years off his life because he is not in control of his levles. If you look at it that way, it might help you help him make better food choices.

DbbieM 2009-02-07 08:58:46 -0600 Report

Hey Special K Chocolaty delight is really good and I have not had a problem with the sugar spiking. And the chocolate chunks are a special treat! Just track him afterwards to se how he does! Cereal can be a great source of fiber!

gma 2009-02-05 18:37:10 -0600 Report

Iam type 2 and am on no meds. They have me eating 30grams for Breakfast 15 for snack 60 for lunch 15 snack 45 for dinner 15 for snack I hope this helps alittle

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-02-05 18:40:57 -0600 Report

I am a type 1 and I don't know if there is a difference? I am learning more and more everyday here. I never took pills for diabetes always shots so, I don't know if type 1's and type 2's are alike. I am curious about knowing…Debe

dj7110 2009-02-05 16:26:57 -0600 Report

according to my local diabetic center, they told me to follow the following in regards to my carb intake.. Breakfast 60-75 grams; snack 15 grams; Lunch 60-75 grams; snack 15 grams; Dinner 60-75 grams;(bedtime)snack 30 grams. However I'm a type 2 and take Humalog with Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner on an average of between 10-20 units with each meal. And also take 50 units of Lantis every night at bedtime.. David

GabbyPA 2009-02-05 14:14:18 -0600 Report

My goal for carbs is about 120-140 per day. I try hard not to exceed that, and I also try to get most of them from veggies and beans...things with more fiber in there to help slow the absorbtion. I stay away from breads, cereals, and things like that. They are too high for me usually. I do eat them sometimes, but I try not to.
The other thing is to make sure that you are getting carbs, proteins and fats in each meal. I used to load up in one meal and skip them in other meals, but that just makes me roller coaster.

rbergman 2009-02-05 07:25:26 -0600 Report

Our daughter (age 7) was put on 300g per day, 80g per meal @ 3 meals a day and 20g per snack @ 3 snacks per day, but she rarely hits 300g and usually only has 2 snacks per day, 1 at school in the afternoon and maybe one after dinner (snack or dessert). However our PCP told us she has a feeling that Laura's new Ped Endo that we are going to see tomorrow (Friday) will cut that down to maybe half for 150g total per day. The diabetic diet the school uses follows the 80g per meal but all of the other children there have type 1 diabetes whereas Laura has type 2. The school nurse said something about the Type 1 kids adjust their pumps bolis for their meals but of course a type 2 doesn't have that option so if she has to have a meal "make over" they have to adjust what she eats at school as well unless we send her meals with her then of course its our job. Our school implements what they call a 504 program, its for children with special needs that are not mental ability related but health related, I don't know if all schools have such a program as this is the first time we have had a chid with health issues that affect her daily routine, including school.

rbergman 2009-02-05 07:34:59 -0600 Report

I forgot to mention I myself was always on the sugar intake thing, I was never taught to carb count for myself so I too follow the same diet she does on my own, our new PCP since we moved said that would be a good start and once we have Laura all figured out I need to get my own appt and get on a better diet too.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-02-05 07:52:06 -0600 Report

When I was in my childhood days( many moons ago, the only thing we did was unlimit sugar. Thats all the MDs told my Mother . Don't let her eat sweets or drink pop. How the days have changed. I was very skinny at that time. I was a string bean, could never put on a pound, but could lose it fast. 46 years later and I am abot 30#s overweight. I did limit my carbs real low, and felt OK but the dietitian says to stick to 45 carbs a meal and I feel it is too much. With elimanating carbs I notice a little weight change, but eating more carbs I seem to being staying the same with no weight loss. I just want to lose these last 30#s…Debe

roger 2009-02-05 11:27:44 -0600 Report

i am on 60carbs each meal and two 15 carb snaks each day . do i do that? no !not on my job but that is what my md has put me on

DbbieM 2009-02-05 11:29:23 -0600 Report

If you stop and think about it 45 carbs is 2 slices of bread and an apple I don't think that is too much at all! My dietician set me up on 8 "slices of bread" per day which includes breads, pasta, potatoes corn, peas
4 fruits
3 milks
and free vegis
I have lost a lot of weight! If you drop your calories too much your body will go into starvation mode which is what mine had done. My sugar was high in the mornings because my liver put out too much sugar cause I didn't eat enough. Dieticians know what they are doing-I hope lol anyway PS my sugar is normal now!

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-02-05 11:56:04 -0600 Report

My BS are in good control too. That is my main goal, but I can see putting all those carbs in my body and she insist. I amy try it for a month and see where it gets me. Thats for reminding me to follow instruction. I sometime try to do it on my own. I need to listen or at least give it a try…debe

DbbieM 2009-02-05 12:31:14 -0600 Report

hey I totally understand! After having my 7th child- yes 7
for years I lived off of coffee and 1 meal a day what did I get? acid reflux, a depleted immune system, hypertension and now diabetes. It doesn't pay to starve yourself.