Counting Carbs,

By Coopie19 Latest Reply 2015-02-03 21:39:59 -0600
Started 2015-02-03 08:57:20 -0600

I have another question for all of you.My doctor put me on a 1800 calorie diet and then the Diabetic class I went to did a profile on us and said that each day I should have 12 carbohydrates with choices including 2 dairy, 2= fruit and 7-8 starch choice. She also said 5 or more serving of non-starchy veggies, 9 oz. of meat choices and 6 fat choices. So where I am lost at is how to figure out the carbs. Can anyone help please?

Thanks asnd have a great day everyone.

6 replies

Type1Lou 2015-02-03 18:06:39 -0600 Report

I think when they advised "12 carbohydrates", they probably meant 12 carbohydrate exchanges. A carb exchange usually comprises 15 grams of carbohydrate or a total of 180 carbohydrate grams per day. I don't bother with the "exchange" way of calculating carbs. I count the total carbohydrate grams that I eat each day. (I limit myself to 120 grams of carbohydrate per day.) Read all of the food labels on the packaged food you buy, both for serving size and for carbohydrate content per serving. For foods without labels (like produce, fresh meat, poultry and fish) consult one of the many books/apps that are available with that information. (Calorie King is a good one.) Rather than count calories, I would advise that you to count your carbohydrate gramss. Determine how many grams per day you are currently consuming. If you need to lose weight and gain better control of your blood sugars, reduce your daily carbohydrate intake until you reach where you want to be. We all have different levels that will work for us.

Refined Ruffian
Refined Ruffian 2015-02-03 09:35:13 -0600 Report

Honestly I find the "choices" and "exchanges" methods of meal planning cumbersome. My nutritionist gave me goals for nutritional values for calories, carbohydrates (in grams), fat, and protein. Her figures were based upon my age, size, fitness level and that I am diabetic. Setting myself up to track these took a bit of preparation but has become simple for me. I created a list with my favorite foods and their values that I keep in my journal, and I refer to the book she gave me when including foods not on that list.

Interestingly, I started to follow the Clean Eating principles when first diagnosed four weeks ago and my daily intake is almost spot on to what she recommended. I just spend alot of time in the kitchen now.

mslaird 2015-02-03 09:08:42 -0600 Report

I'm on a 1200 calorie I have the my fitness app on my phone and IPad it will help you keep track of your food intake. You go in and put what you ate or going to eat, there you will see all the carbs, calories, fats, and sugars that the food are meal have. I like the app a lot, try that app. Oh yes the app is myfitnesspal..