Amazed at Carbs

By mojodallas Latest Reply 2010-06-09 11:47:09 -0500
Started 2009-11-30 19:29:56 -0600

I am a newly diagnosed with Type II Diabetes and have just started counting Carbs. I have tried the Atkins diet a few years ago, so, I know the super low carb items.

Now that I am counting carbs not to loose a little weight, but, instead as something I have to do, I am amazed how little I know about the kind of carbs it takes to get in the right range for daily meals.

Looking at foods at restaurants with a new iPhone app I got, it really surprises me to find out how wrong my gut instinct (pardon the pun) is when it comes to carbs. Who would have thought that 2 apple fritters is better from a carb perspective than a low fat blueberry muffin from Dunkin Donuts. I know the fat is bad on the fritters and I would probably opt for neither now.

This has become a real eye opener. I hope it will become second nature to me, until then I will read menus and use applications and websites.

10 replies

rankearl 2009-12-01 10:22:59 -0600 Report

hi the doctors calorie fat and carb counter is my diabetic bible i have one in the car one in the kitchen they update it yearly you get it at krogers around eight dollars it also has alot of good info website is it has areallly good resturant and fast food guide diabetes care has really changed many years ago i use to test my urine for sugar now my meter graphs my blood sugars tomrrow maybe even better things will come to help us all hugs julie

MissGinger 2009-12-01 07:52:38 -0600 Report

I have been a diabetic all of my life, and it still is not second nature to me.

Food, and the ingredients we (manufacturers) use to make them change through the years, something that had low carb or fat/sugar 20 years ago could now have the complete opposite.

Also, what works for one diabetic may not work for another. My grandmother, like me was a Type 1 diabetic, she could eat Rice Krispies all day long and it would barely affect her sugar level, I on the other hand can't eat more than a 1/2 cup without my levels hitting in the high 200's after 2-3 hours. The body processes food differently from person to person, men from women, even your weight and health will affect the way your body processes carbs, sugar and fat, so even if you have been eating the same diet for months or even years, you need to continually check the values of the food and your blood. Because things change, and as you age, as your weight changes or your activity level increases or decreases, if your overall health changes so does the way your body works.

Long story short, never stop reading those labels or checking your intake of carbs /fat/sugar and so forth and never think that you have it down pat, as soon as you do that, things will change. ~smile~

Hinboyz3 2009-12-01 06:46:18 -0600 Report

I understand just what your talking about, I too have been watching what I eat now, and reading labels until I turn blue. LOL!! But it really does help.

Anonymous 2009-11-30 20:16:02 -0600 Report

Reading warning labels on cigarettes got me to quit smoking and reading nutritional information has gotten me to quit eating a lot of different food items. There is a carb tool at the website that seems fairly striaghtforward to use, but no brand name items which is a real down side. No two apple fritters were ever created equal..LOL

Harlen 2009-11-30 20:01:13 -0600 Report

YEP been there done that lol
I have been working on it for 4 years now and I just got it down ti fair still need the book to keep it right on the #s
Theres a lot you can have on atkins that you may not wish to have now
Best wishes

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