Counting Carbs

Cherokeemaiden
By Cherokeemaiden Latest Reply 2015-02-01 12:55:58 -0600
Started 2015-01-25 17:21:18 -0600

I don't know if anyone else has this issue, but I get confused on how many carbs are in a certain food. I have stumbled across a website, and some of you may already know this, that is called Carbs Control and it has helped me a lot in the last couple days. You plug in the foods you have ate, or plan to eat and the amounts and it does the carb counting, and calorie counting, for you. It also keeps a running log for you each day. For those of you that might be interested the website is
carbscontrol.com You have to sign up for it, but it's free. Hope this might help some one.


49 replies

O.B.
O.B. 2015-02-01 12:23:00 -0600 Report

No worries about repeated post! I am new to this group and there are a few features that I have no idea what they are. I am so sorry you're PCP has not advised you that an Endo is the proper specialist to treat and managed your diabetes. I am sure he/she is more than capable of treating you for issues in the scope of his/her field. With diabetes it impacts not only your endocrine system, neurological system but several other parts of your body as well. Part of the endocrine system is your thyroid. Hypothyroidism is common (low thyroid) with diabetics. Managing diabetes is challenging, frustrating, a 24/7 job and requires the patient daily dedication, commitment and consistency. Hypothyroidism is even more so delicate in treating/managing to the Endo. The endocrine system effects more of the body than any other system. If your thyroid is low you will have difficulty loosing weight, (that is putting it mildly) you will have no energy, high cholesterol readings, (cholesterol medicine increases blood sugar) insomnia, low libido, gastrointestinal issues and decreased/impared mental faculties just to name a few. Hormones are very powerful! An Endo is fully aware of the above mentioned, whereas a PCP may not be. One of the stipulations of the Affordable Care Act is: once your PCP is made aware of a condition's/disorder's/illness' side effects, PCP has to treat (Endo is not and I explain later). If PCP is unable to show treatment/management of diagnoses from them they can refuse you any further treatment and you will no longer be a patient at practice. Reason PCP refuses to keep you as their patient is they will not get paid for visit. This stipulation is for all PCP's/GP's/PA's/DO's regardless of health insurance plan/carrier patient has. I have group health insurance through my husband's employer. I do NOT have the insurance that the Affordable Care Act offers. I do have to mention I have always worked in the medical field to some capacity. I was EMT certified, worked for several doctors assisting at practice, OR assistant and health insurance industry. I went to my PCP for the first time since the Affortable Care Act went into effect for a viral infection. She informed me that she is required by law to get my medical records from my Endo to see if he is properly treating me for diabetes and thyroid and if I have any side effects of illnesses and treating me for them as well. If I do not give permission to release medical records she/group will have to sever relations with me. I of course gave her my permission. She received my medical records and my cholesterol was elevated due to my thyroid being low. I received a call from her office advising me I have to make an appointment because my Endo is not treating my high cholesterol and therefore she must. I explained to her nurse that low thyroid and elevated cholesterol levels go hand in hand. Once thyroid is under control, cholesterol is as well. My records do reflect this. My Endo is extremely proactive, runs marathons and every year voted Top Docs in his field. According to nurse my PCP did not feel that my thyroid was low enough to impact my cholesterol levels. I informed her that my thyroid was so low that my Endo increased my thyroid dosage. The nurse then told me my PCP made the comment that my thyroid was hardly low that Endo would not have increased my dosage. I then stated I can appreciate her not being aware of low thyroid and high cholesterol going hand and hand. There is no way she can know all illnesses/disorders/diseases, side effects and treatment plans. This is why there are specialists in the medical field. Regardless I have to make an appointment the nurse said. Needless to say I have to find a PCP now. I can no longer be seen at practice because I am refusing (that is a quote from the letter I received from practice) to follow doctor's orders. As I have mentioned earlier cholesterol medicine raises blood sugars along with several other possible side effects. And high cholesterol goes hand and hand with low thyroid. A person may be managing their diabetes according to their doctor's orders and still having high #'s, not loosing any weight and their cholesterol is not coming down. This leaves the doctor possibly questioning if the patient is truly following the doctor's orders. And the patient left with frustration in knowing they ARE following the doctor's orders but questioning themselves if they are or are not portioning their food correct, reading labels correct, etc. patient and doctor are so to speak "chasing their tail." I apologize for being so long winded but I feel very strong that it is vital the correct doctor stays within the scope of their education. The human body is complex and this is why there are specialists. I am a home owner, there are many materials, appliances and systems under one roof that make up a home. I would not call a plumber to fix my AC. Nor would I call an electrician to install wood floors. The housing market gets it! Rather dis hardening that our government does not! I will not get political. I love the medical field and am completely amazed what doctor's/technology can do. My Endo doctor has changed my life profoundly!!! He was the one who diagnosed me with Hashimoto's Disease and Type 1 diabetes. I went undiagnosed, misdiagnosed and then treated improperly for many years and from many different doctors. The moral to the story is; a person sometimes has to be their own patient advocate. That you have to do the research and educate yourself. You have to insist/disagree when it comes to your treatment. Forums such as this is priceless! We can all learn something from each other because of different experiences, backgrounds, people being able to verbalize or express in such a way that you can say,"That is exactly what I have been trying to say all this time." And of course understanding of the difficulties of diabetes. Good luck and never give up!!!!!!!!!!

Cherokeemaiden
Cherokeemaiden 2015-02-01 12:55:58 -0600 Report

Thank you for all that information. It was really helpful and eye opening. I see my new doctor the end of this month, so will see what happens with him. Thanks again.

O.B.
O.B. 2015-02-01 12:19:32 -0600 Report

No worries about repeated post! I am new to this group and there are a few features that I have no idea what they are. I am so sorry you're PCP has not advised you that an Endo is the proper specialist to treat and managed your diabetes. I am sure he/she is more than capable of treating you for issues in the scope of his/her field. With diabetes it impacts not only your endocrine system, neurological system but several other parts of your body as well. Part of the endocrine system is your thyroid. Hypothyroidism is common (low thyroid) with diabetics. Managing diabetes is challenging, frustrating, a 24/7 job and requires the patient daily dedication, commitment and consistency. Hypothyroidism is even more so delicate in treating/managing to the Endo. The endocrine system effects more of the body than any other system. If your thyroid is low you will have difficulty loosing weight, (that is putting it mildly) you will have no energy, high cholesterol readings, (cholesterol medicine increases blood sugar) insomnia, low libido, gastrointestinal issues and decreased/imparedmental faculties just to name a few. Hormones are very powerful! An Endo is fully aware of the above mentioned, whereas a PCP may not be. One of the stipulations of the Affordable Care Act is: once your PCP is made aware of a condition's/disorder's/illness' side effects, PCP has to treat (Endo is not and I explain later). If PCP is unable to show treatment/management of diagnoses from them they can refuse you any further treatment and you will no longer be a patient at practice. Reason PCP refuses to keep you as their patient is they will not get paid for visit. This stipulation is for all PCP's/GP's/PA's/DO's regardless of health insurance plan/carrier patient has. I have group health insurance through my husband's employer. I do NOT have the insurance that the Affordable Care Act offers. I do have to mention I have always worked in the medical field to some capacity. I was EMT certified, worked for several doctors assisting at practice, OR assistant and health insurance industry. I went to my PCP for the first time since the Affortable Care Act went into effect for a viral infection. She informed me that she is required by law to get my medical records from my Endo to see if he is properly treating me for diabetes and thyroid and if I have any side effects of illnesses and treating me for them as well. If I do not give permission to release medical records she/group will have to sever relations with me. I of course gave her my permission. She received my medical records and my cholesterol was elevated due to my thyroid being low. I received a call from her office advising me I have to make an appointment because my Endo is not treating my high cholesterol and therefore she must. I explained to her nurse that low thyroid and elevated cholesterol levels go hand in hand. Once thyroid is under control, cholesterol is as well. My records do reflect this. My Endo is extremely proactive, runs marathons and every year voted Top Docs in his field. According to nurse my PCP did not feel that my thyroid was low enough to impact my cholesterol levels. I informed her that my thyroid was so low that my Endo increased my thyroid dosage. The nurse then told me my PCP made the comment that my thyroid was hardly low that Endo would not have increased my dosage. I then stated I can appreciate her not being aware of low thyroid and high cholesterol going hand and hand. There is no way she can know all illnesses/disorders/diseases, side effects and treatment plans. This is why there are specialists in the medical field. Regardless I have to make an appointment the nurse said. Needless to say I have to find a PCP now. I can no longer be seen at practice because I am refusing (that is a quote from the letter I received from practice) to follow doctor's orders. As I have mentioned earlier cholesterol medicine raises blood sugars along with several other possible side effects. And high cholesterol goes hand and hand with low thyroid. A person may be managing their diabetes according to their doctor's orders and still having high #'s, not loosing any weight and their cholesterol is not coming down. This leaves the doctor possibly questioning if the patient is truly following the doctor's orders. And the patient left with frustration in knowing they ARE following the doctor's orders but questioning themselves if they are or are not portioning their food correct, reading labels correct, etc. patient and doctor are so to speak "chasing their tail." I apologize for being so long winded but I feel very strong that it is vital the correct doctor stays within the scope of their education. The human body is complex and this is why there are specialists. I am a home owner, there are many materials, appliances and systems under one roof that make up a home. I would not call a plumber to fix my AC. Nor would I call an electrician to install wood floors. The housing market gets it! Rather dis hardening that our government does not! I will not get political. I love the medical field and am completely amazed what doctor's/technology can do. My Endo doctor has changed my life profoundly!!! He was the one who diagnosed me with Hashimoto's Disease and Type 1 diabetes. I went undiagnosed, misdiagnosed and then treated improperly for many years and from many different doctors. The moral to the story is; a person sometimes has to be their own patient advocate. That you have to do the research and educate yourself. You have to insist/disagree when it comes to your treatment. Forums such as this is priceless! We can all learn something from each other because of different experiences, backgrounds, people being able to verbalize or express in such a way that you can say,"That is exactly what I have been trying to say all this time." And of course understanding of the difficulties of diabetes. Good luck and never give up!!!!!!!!!!

Cherokeemaiden
Cherokeemaiden 2015-02-01 08:41:28 -0600 Report

Sorry for so many replies…it wasn't showing on my end that my reply went through and so I kept hitting post. Is there any way to delete all but one of them?

O.B.
O.B. 2015-01-31 23:45:39 -0600 Report

My endocrinologist gave me very good information. He said,"Everbody's body is different. You will find out how your body reacts to certain carbs." He was spot on. I am suppose to be able to eat a 1/4 c of cooked rice and be fine but not true. A 1/2 c of cooked potatoes, which is recommended, I do great with. I was diagnosed with Type1 about 6 years ago. Although my neurologist said I have had for many years due to the extent of my neuropathy. At first it was challenging because I did exactly what my dietician said and still some high #'s here and there. I kept remembering what my Endo told me. From trial and error I pin pointed what foods my body did well with and not so well. After 6 years I know how I will react to most foods. Just because the "experts" say it should be fine for you to eat, "your" body is saying otherwise. When first diagnosed my Endo had me check 8 times a day. I was measuring my portions and testing so it was quite obvious what I could and could not eat. I am great full my Endo gave me a heads up on the fact that not all diabetics react exactly the same. With me taking his advise the highest my A1c has been is 5.7 I admit I am blessed to have him treating me. The first time I saw him was on the TV series Mystery Diagnosis. In your post I believe you are trying to keep your carbs around 20 a day. That is an extremely small amount of total carbs in a day. If you are doing this and your #'s are still high, your body may just be more sensitive to certain carbs. Try keeping a food log along with your #'s. You may be shocked. Good luck!

Cherokeemaiden
Cherokeemaiden 2015-02-01 08:38:52 -0600 Report

Thanks O.B. for your reply. Wow, you are really lucky to be able to get a TV doctor. In the 4 years I've been type 2 I have never seen an Endo. Was never told I needed to by any of my primary care doctors…have had three different doctors since being diagnosed. Should I be seeing an Endo? I have started keeping a log of the foods I eat & the BS readings. I must say it has helped. My ranges were 127-174, and since going low carb about 3 weeks ago they range from 104-136, so they are getting closer to the normal range.

Cherokeemaiden
Cherokeemaiden 2015-02-01 08:31:52 -0600 Report

Thanks O.B. for your reply. Wow, you are really lucky to be able to get a TV doctor. In the 4 years I've been type 2 I have never seen an Endo. Was never told I needed to by any of my primary care doctors…have had three different doctors since being diagnosed. Should I be seeing an Endo? I have started keeping a log of the foods I eat & the BS readings. I must say it has helped. My ranges were 127-174, and since going low carb about 3 weeks ago they range from 104-136, so they are getting closer to the normal range.

Cherokeemaiden
Cherokeemaiden 2015-02-01 08:23:08 -0600 Report

Thanks O.B. for your reply. Wow, you are really lucky to be able to get a TV doctor. In the 4 years I've been type 2 I have never seen an Endo. Was never told I needed to by any of my primary care doctors…have had three different doctors since being diagnosed. Should I be seeing an Endo? I have started keeping a log of the foods I eat & the BS readings. I must say it has helped. My ranges were 127-174, and since going low carb about 3 weeks ago they range from 104-136, so they are getting closer to the normal range.

Cherokeemaiden
Cherokeemaiden 2015-02-01 08:21:45 -0600 Report

Thanks O.B. for your reply. Wow, you are really lucky to be able to get a TV doctor. In the 4 years I've been type 2 I have never seen an Endo. Was never told I needed to by any of my primary care doctors…have had three different doctors since being diagnosed. Should I be seeing an Endo? I have started keeping a log of the foods I eat & the BS readings. I must say it has helped. My ranges were 127-174, and since going low carb about 3 weeks ago they range from 104-136, so they are getting closer to the normal range.

Cherokeemaiden
Cherokeemaiden 2015-02-01 08:20:48 -0600 Report

Thanks O.B. for your reply. Wow, you are really lucky to be able to get a TV doctor. In the 4 years I've been type 2 I have never seen an Endo. Was never told I needed to by any of my primary care doctors…have had three different doctors since being diagnosed. Should I be seeing an Endo? I have started keeping a log of the foods I eat & the BS readings. I must say it has helped. My ranges were 127-174, and since going low carb about 3 weeks ago they range from 104-136, so they are getting closer to the normal range.

Cherokeemaiden
Cherokeemaiden 2015-02-01 08:16:33 -0600 Report

Thanks O.B. for your reply. Wow, you are really lucky to be able to get a TV doctor. In the 4 years I've been type 2 I have never seen an Endo. Was never told I needed to by any of my primary care doctors…have had three different doctors since being diagnosed. Should I be seeing an Endo? I have started keeping a log of the foods I eat & the BS readings. I must say it has helped. My ranges were 127-174, and since going low carb about 3 weeks ago they range from 104-136, so they are getting closer to the normal range.

Cherokeemaiden
Cherokeemaiden 2015-02-01 08:16:30 -0600 Report

Thanks O.B. for your reply. Wow, you are really lucky to be able to get a TV doctor. In the 4 years I've been type 2 I have never seen an Endo. Was never told I needed to by any of my primary care doctors…have had three different doctors since being diagnosed. Should I be seeing an Endo? I have started keeping a log of the foods I eat & the BS readings. I must say it has helped. My ranges were 127-174, and since going low carb about 3 weeks ago they range from 104-136, so they are getting closer to the normal range.

Cherokeemaiden
Cherokeemaiden 2015-02-01 08:16:03 -0600 Report

Thanks O.B. for your reply. Wow, you are really lucky to be able to get a TV doctor. In the 4 years I've been type 2 I have never seen an Endo. Was never told I needed to by any of my primary care doctors…have had three different doctors since being diagnosed. Should I be seeing an Endo? I have started keeping a log of the foods I eat & the BS readings. I must say it has helped. My ranges were 127-174, and since going low carb about 3 weeks ago they range from 104-136, so they are getting closer to the normal range.

Cherokeemaiden
Cherokeemaiden 2015-02-01 08:15:58 -0600 Report

Thanks O.B. for your reply. Wow, you are really lucky to be able to get a TV doctor. In the 4 years I've been type 2 I have never seen an Endo. Was never told I needed to by any of my primary care doctors…have had three different doctors since being diagnosed. Should I be seeing an Endo? I have started keeping a log of the foods I eat & the BS readings. I must say it has helped. My ranges were 127-174, and since going low carb about 3 weeks ago they range from 104-136, so they are getting closer to the normal range.

Erin Michelle
Erin Michelle 2015-01-28 10:45:57 -0600 Report

I use the calorie king book and app. It is great breaks everything down into carbs calories and fats. It also has some restaurant information. I use the book at home and the app when I am out and about. Worth buying!

GeekonBoard
GeekonBoard 2015-01-26 22:59:04 -0600 Report

I just wrapped up on my second diabetes education class & I have been counting carbs mostly because I know they turn into sugar. I was pleased to find out that I was reading labels wrong & that fiber is subtracted from the carb count & that sugar is already factored into the carb number. However, I know that everyone has different ways to do what works best for them & doing what their "people" have told them…doctors, endocrinologists, etc.
I was told that 15 carbs for snacks was where they would like me to stay close to & that 45-50 carb for each meal was a safe place to start. I can't imagine trying to make a 20 carb a day target.
I'm having trouble keeping my sodium numbers down more than my carbs, but that's a different post for a different day.
I have found that google has been a life saver in finding nutrition information. Also, like that I can compare numbers from different websites - because one website might claim a certain number for a cup of blueberries, but another will claim an entirely different number. I have LOTS to learn. Good luck with your journey as well! :)

Cherokeemaiden
Cherokeemaiden 2015-01-27 09:48:19 -0600 Report

I know what you mean about each website tells you something different in regards to carb count on food. I guess you would have to add them all up and then average them out to come up with a true count. lol

BreC
BreC 2015-01-26 11:41:53 -0600 Report

I don't count carbs. I have learned from this site to check my BS before and after I eat and whatever runs my BS up, I either cut it out of my diet or have a smaller portion. I am a Dr Pepperaholic and have started drinking just water after 6pm and if I need a snack (or "think" I need one), I have an apple or nuts. I have finally managed to have a fasting reading below 120. This morning it was 117 where as yesterday morning it was 111. That is a tremendous change from the 200+ and 300+ that I was seeing from May to November 2014.

Cherokeemaiden
Cherokeemaiden 2015-01-26 13:04:11 -0600 Report

I have never had a fasting reading of 120. Usually ranges 136-170. That's why I was thinking I was eating too many carbs. During the day it will drop down into the 110's or 120's, but is always high first thing in the morning, even if I eat some nuts, or cheese, or lunchmeat before I go to bed.

RosalieM
RosalieM 2015-01-26 09:07:04 -0600 Report

Hi,
If you have to count the carbs in a food, the food has too many carbs for you.
A diet of protein (meat, cheese and eggs )fruits and vegetables requires no counting of either carbs or calories. As long as their is no grain, potatoes or rice involved and no processed foods.
It is way easier than all that counting. You get enough carbs from fruits and vegetables to supply your need for carbs. You can eat foods high in fat like cheese cake if you don't add sugar. Cut out all sugar. Use Splenda.

Cherokeemaiden
Cherokeemaiden 2015-01-26 10:31:55 -0600 Report

I am trying to eat around 20 carbs or so a day and I know some fruits and vegetables are quite high in carbs, so that is my reason for using a carb counter. When you don't have a label to go by, this helps a lot…at least for now until I start eating more carbs. I don't use Splenda, I use Stevia. Haven't tried baking any of the Splenda type recipes so don't know how they would be using Stevia…spoonful to spoonful are they equal?

Gabby
GabbyPA 2015-01-26 11:01:43 -0600 Report

20 carbs a day? or 20 carbs per meal? I would be hard pressed to get to 20 carbs a day, even if I ate just lettuce. I have been coming in around 70-80 and am trying to get it down a little more.

Cherokeemaiden
Cherokeemaiden 2015-01-26 12:53:13 -0600 Report

20 carbs a day. I've been trying to do an Atkins type way of eating for a few days to kick start my weight loss…and supposedly bring my BS levels down. Altho they have been fluctuating even with eating this low of carbs. Only once has it been below 100, and usually first thing in AM ranges anywhere from 136 to 170.

RosalieM
RosalieM 2015-01-26 14:58:59 -0600 Report

Your morning readings are high. They should be 100 or less. I suspect there might be something in your diet that is loading your liver during the day. It comes out during the night. Hang in there we will help you sort it out. It wouldn't hurt to get a second meter. Sometimes the meter is off. if you have two even if they use the same strips, you can verify if the meter is correct.
Yesterday I took my fasting blood sugar and it was 55. I doubted it so, I tested again immediately and it was 86. Then I waited 1/2 hour and tested again and it was 56. The meter isn't perfect.

Cherokeemaiden
Cherokeemaiden 2015-01-26 16:44:18 -0600 Report

My meter is a year old, and I don't have another one to compare it to right now. I'm also wondering if I should be taking Metformin 500mg ER twice a day? I have not seen anyone on this site that takes it only once a day.

RosalieM
RosalieM 2015-01-27 07:03:58 -0600 Report

A year old meter isn't all that old. If you are taking 1000 mil of metformin and doing an Atkins type diet, you should be feeling and seeing some low blood sugar. Take the dose your doctor gave you until you feel and see on you meter that you blood sugar is consistently lower. Then call you doctor and tell him about it so he can lower your dose. You don't have enough experience with all this to decide the medication on your own. If you want to get off metformin, make that a goal Your meter will tell you where you are at any particular time.
You can tell your doctor that and he will adjust the medication for you.

Cherokeemaiden
Cherokeemaiden 2015-01-27 09:09:44 -0600 Report

I only take 500mg ER ONCE a day. so I'm only taking 500mg a day. That is why I was wondering if I should be taking it twice a day as everyone else seems to be doing. I haven't seen anyone on here that only takes Metformin once a day like me. I don't see the new doctor for another month, so can't call & ask him about it. And I won't call my last doctor as he's the one who changed me to regular Metformin twice a day(he said you should always take Metformin twice a day…and maybe he's right on that) and told me he didn't have a problem with my weight, even tho I'm at least 100lbs over weight.

GeekonBoard
GeekonBoard 2015-01-26 23:04:37 -0600 Report

I am no doctor & would never advise you to take any medication differently from what was prescribed from your doctor, but I was just put on my first diabetes medications on December 23, 2014. Metformin was one of them. I have heard & read that this is a fairly common med for type 2 diabetics. I was told that they were starting me out at 500mg twice a day because it could upset my stomach, but that we had wiggle room on the Metformin before they had to result to insulin to get my numbers under control. They just started to move me to one in the morning & 2 at night. I was told that 1000mg twice a day is the max (usually) & they hoped that working me up to those numbers coupled with diabetes education classes, endocrinologist, diet, & exercise would help bring my numbers down — hopefully keeping me clear of insulin. You might speak with your PCP or endocrinologist next appointment time. Good questions!

RosalieM
RosalieM 2015-01-27 14:02:08 -0600 Report

Hi
The diabetes education classes you are taking are probably approved by the American Diabetes Association. Their diet is way too high in carbs. If I were in your shoes, I would question what they tell you.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2015-01-26 08:48:29 -0600 Report

Thanks. This sounds like a fantastic site.

Any tool that helps us get those kinds of things in control really is a blessing. I just got an electronic scale that does a nutritional count for me on the food I put on it and I love it. It helps me overcome the guessing game and gets me in a much more accurate place. That is the goal after all.

GeekonBoard
GeekonBoard 2015-01-26 23:05:47 -0600 Report

Do you mind sharing the name/brand of the scale you got? I'm on the hunt for a scale for my kitchen & my new way of eating. Truly need all the help I can get from you guys & kitchen appliances! ;)

Gabby
GabbyPA 2015-01-27 13:10:21 -0600 Report

It is Kitrics and I have posted a picture of what it looks like in my photos. It comes with a book with codes that you punch in and it can even weigh the bowl separate so you only get the weight of the food you put in. My hubby got it for my birthday and I believe he got it from Amazon.com.

I have had a food scale for a long time, but it just weighs things and this is SOOOO much more helpful.

Cherokeemaiden
Cherokeemaiden 2015-01-26 10:36:39 -0600 Report

I like it as I can look back over the past few days and see how my carb count is for certain meals I ate that are my favorite meals. For instance the other night for a snack I was going to have a couple of pear halves, canned in juice, and some peanut butter , and the total carb count was quite a bit over my days allotment. So had to nix the pears.

RosalieM
RosalieM 2015-01-26 11:47:56 -0600 Report

Pears and grapes are high in carbs. Berries, cantalope, and peaches are lower. How about just 1 pear half and no pear juice. That half the carbs. Every week I cut up fruit. I put all kinds of fruit in it. I eat a half a cup a day. I get nutrients from all the fruit as variety is important. However 1/2 cup doesn't provide many carbohydrates from even the high carb fruits as it is mixed with low carb fruits.

Cherokeemaiden
Cherokeemaiden 2015-01-26 12:58:59 -0600 Report

Yes, I know they are higher in carbs, but all I had in the house for now. I had two small pear halves with no juice with low carb meal and bs went up to 154 two hours after eating. When my bs is high, should I eat something low carb or don't eat anything until it drops to within normal range?

RosalieM
RosalieM 2015-01-26 14:52:24 -0600 Report

154 at 2 hours after meals isn't all that high for you. Your meter can be 30 % off too. Once you lose weight, you BS will go down further.
You are insulin resistant, which means your own insulin is not very effective at putting blood sugar where it belongs other than in your blood.
Losing weight will reduce your insulin resistance. Atkins is OK for a few days, but not over the long haul as it is does not have enough fiber or nutrients from fruits and vegetables. I know of two people who did the Atkins a lot and they got colon cancer. Not enough fiber in Atkins.
if you keep tract of everything you eat, if something is high in carbs, I will help you sort it out.

Cherokeemaiden
Cherokeemaiden 2015-01-26 16:50:46 -0600 Report

Thank you so much Rosalie, you have been a big help to me. My other issue with the bathroom seems to have let up. Still have small bouts, but nothing like it was…Thank the good Lord. Will try to weigh tomorrow. I like to weigh first thing in the morning, but sometimes forget and then I've been up for a couple of hours before I remember to do it. I know WW always said to weigh first thing in AM as that is your most accurate weight. Will keep you posted. Thanks again.

RosalieM
RosalieM 2015-01-27 07:12:26 -0600 Report

Weigh yourself only once a week with no clothes. First thing in the morning is good. Weight can change a little from day to day for many reasons. To weigh yourself everyday is too discouraging as the weight loss may be so little as fluid retention and such things masks the true fat loss. Better yet weigh yourself when you feel as you have lost weight.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2015-01-26 11:00:14 -0600 Report

Yep, that helps a lot to make those choices. I have it all down in a journal, so I am not tied to a computer to look at my meals, but the same is true either way. It helps to know what you have done so you don't go over.

lilleyheidi
lilleyheidi 2015-01-26 00:31:29 -0600 Report

OK, I took a quick, and I do mean quick look at the site, for a more full food list you might want to take a look at CalorieKing.com they have a list of almost any food you want, including restarants. They don't however keep track of the foods, you'd have to write them down and do the addition yourself. I entered my brand of yogurt into the carbs control site knowing how many carbs are in a cup of it and how many calories are in it… they did not have my brand which is a pretty common brand and for a normal brand of yogurt they gave me way too few carbs and calories count. I'd check out calorieking. Good luck Heidi

Cherokeemaiden
Cherokeemaiden 2015-01-26 10:43:36 -0600 Report

Thanks for the suggestion and I will check out the CalorieKing website. I have been writing down everything I eat and the carb count, but don't always know what the count is for some foods. I'm trying to keep my carbs around 20 or a little more for each day…at least until I get the weight & bs under control. I love yogurt, the flavored kind. But I have to be honest, I have never tried the plain yogurt with fresh fruit added. Which kind of yogurt is lowest in carbs? The Carbs Control site lets me log everything and gives me a running total that I can look back on when I need to. But I will check out the other site. Thanks again

RosalieM
RosalieM 2015-01-27 07:18:51 -0600 Report

Plain, full fat yogurt is lowest in carbs. Plain fat free will be higher in carbs from milk sugar (lactose). The more fat in your yogurt the lower the carbs. Any small container of flavord yogurt has sugar added. The best isFull fat, plain yogurt (it only comes in large containers). Sweeten with Splenda and frozen or fresh fruit. canned fruit often has sugar added.

lilleyheidi
lilleyheidi 2015-01-26 00:20:03 -0600 Report

I wonder if they have a phone app? I'll have to check it out later this morning when my phone is fully charged. Thanks for the info. Heidi

GeekonBoard
GeekonBoard 2015-01-26 23:09:17 -0600 Report

I was truly liking Calorie King website & loved that they showed an app for it as well. However, the Calorie King app is only available for the iphone at the moment. I have an Android Galaxy. But, if you have an iphone - yes they have an app. :)

Cherokeemaiden
Cherokeemaiden 2015-01-26 10:46:24 -0600 Report

I'm going to have to check my phone and see what apps I can get for it. I've been use to the old basic type cell phone and now have a Galaxy S4 so I'm still getting used to it, but will see if I can figure it out.