I'm getting confused

marysuya
By marysuya Latest Reply 2015-04-18 19:12:33 -0500
Started 2015-03-11 06:30:06 -0500

So I have to learn about counting carbs. This is my first time, and I am getting confused all the time. HELP PLEASE!!!!!


10 replies

RebDee
RebDee 2015-04-18 15:09:01 -0500 Report

Join the club. I seem to be in a state of confusion. But I too am learning. Make friends with all of the members of Diabetes Connect. Try using www.myfitnesspal.com to calculate your calories, carbs, sugars, etc. You will get the hang of it as time passes. Don't worry, it takes time.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2015-03-11 14:29:38 -0500 Report

When I became serious about counting my carbs, I bought a paperback carb guide . "Calorie King" is a good one. Read all of the labels of the foods you buy/eat for serving sizes and carb count. The guide becomes helpful for foods without labels. At first, write down everything you eat (quantity and type of food) and note the total carb grams next to it. I count total grams of carb and don't bother with the system that uses carb exchanges (where one carb exchange = anywhere from 13 to 15 grams of carb…it's too confusing). Tally the carb grams that you are eating per day. I've set a limit of no more than 120 total grams of carbohydrate for me per day. That level works for me but you may need fewer carbs or may be able to eat more…we are all different in that respect. Hope this hasn't added to the confusion. Dealing with diabetes at first can be daunting.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2015-03-11 07:49:25 -0500 Report

Howdy Mary

Take a look at this from DC where Amy Tenderich shares what she's learned about carbs and counnting them ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-infor.... Here's a discussion started by Gabby on carb counting ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-discu...

There are a lot of resources available to learn the ins and outs of this necessary skill set.

Praying success on your learning how to do it
James