By ssmile Latest Reply 2008-09-26 07:32:59 -0500
Started 2008-08-12 10:06:37 -0500

Hi ya, it's me again with more ?'s Ok so I don't really get the whole carb thing. I know what they are and the difference between simple and complex but I'm not sure how to count them, can somebody help? Like how many carbs per meal? Also I find it hard to have an appetite sometimes I don't feel hungry until the bottom drops out. It's hard to remind yourself to eat every 2-3 hours until you feel sick as a sudden reminder. Any suggestions?

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Suzie-Q 350
Suzie-Q 350 2008-09-26 07:32:59 -0500 Report

anI have been strugling as well as everybody to but I found a way to check if I had problem's too. I have lowe thyroid problem due to weight and I have been struggling to lose weight with carb. So I get a meacuring cup or a meascuring spoon to know how much I have on my plate. I have used wheat bread and small vegtabeal's. know my husband has taken a toll in the eating habit he lost weight and he see's that there is not worth having to keep on going with your goal to lose the weight. I lost 14 blds for a three week period time my husband has diabeties and is 42yr's old and he use to be 400blds heavey. know he is 266blds and very active in bike riding for 8yr's know. I hope this will help .

junior dudley
junior dudley 2008-08-21 00:31:51 -0500 Report

I am the care giver for Junior, I heard about a product called, 'SooooSweet,' and I looked it up on com. Has anyone else read or used this product. Junior has been restricted from sweets, & now he wants some. Any help would be appricated. He has been a dietabetic for over 30 years. As times change so does techniques & medication.

kvctj3 2008-08-17 10:49:41 -0500 Report

i went to a nutritionist a couple of years ago and she told me 50 total carbs per meal was ideal

henny 2008-08-17 04:19:12 -0500 Report

hello ,adding carbs is very simple.remember portion control,reading and simple adding.You can have all the white things like bread as long as you follow the amount of carbs allowed per meal.Not over doing your portions and carb amounts set by your doctor and you will be a carb counting pro in no time.

junior dudley
junior dudley 2008-08-17 02:12:29 -0500 Report

I am a care giver. The client is on a diabetic, low carb, low salt, low cholest diet. It keep me busy trying to care for him. His A1c has decrease from 8.1 to 6.7 in 6 months. A biabetic for over 30 years, with cardio vasculiar
problems. I have a problem trying to keep his morning BS down below 150 at7:00. Need help!!

DonnaAnn 2008-08-12 22:27:37 -0500 Report

to figure out how many carbs. per meal, I went to my doctor and asked to see a diabetic nurse who helped me figure it out. Many hospitals has diabetes clinics you can go to where you can talk to a specialist like a nutritionist tohelp you figure it out and go over meal planning with you. Soemtimes insurance pays, some times it does not. You will have to ask your insurnace and the clinic you go to and see if they accept your insurance.
If the # of carbs seems to high, call them back and tell them if you can lower your carbs. I had gone to two clinics. one told me 35 carbs per meal. another 45. the 45 for me was to high, so I like to keep mine at about 35/40 carbs per meal. they will give you a little pamphlet that tells you how many carbs are in each food group: veggies have 5 carbs per item etc. they will also tell you how many per snack you are allowed.

ssmile 2008-08-13 08:17:47 -0500 Report

Steph ;)

uncgrad80 2008-08-16 07:38:57 -0500 Report

Our nutritionist said every 15 grams of carbs =1 carb unit. You can have 4-5 carb unites per meal. This includes 1 cup of cereal for breakfast and 1 cup of starchy veggies, rice or pasta with the other meals. Under 15 grams can count as a free food. This does not include non-starchy vegetables. So read lables for carbs and sugar contents.

GabbyPA 2008-08-12 11:58:11 -0500 Report

The best thing you can do is get with a nutritionist and have them work out a program for you. That way you are getting what you need, as we all seem to have different needs.
Here are some tips until you can do that.

If it's white, try not to eat it. Rice, bread, pasta, potatoes, sugar....these things tend to spike most people's sugars. But we are all differnt.

Whole grains are always best. Don't be fooled by "whole wheat"...check the carb counts in the lables. You want whole unprocessed grains as much as you can. Bean are also a good fiber source that have carbs for energy, but fiber counters some of the high numbers.

Invest in a cookbook that is based on a low carb (but also low fat). This can guide you in your cooking and take some of the guess work out of things.

Usually a good rule of thumb is to keep your carb intake in a meal to 30-50grams. If you eat several smaller meals, try to spread it out for a daily total of 120-150 carbs a day.

Fruit is high in carbs usually, but it is a whole food, and is a better choice than say a cookie or a slice of bread.

Toma has a great site called and there you can see his book that is loaded with great information.

There is also a glycemic index that has a little different way of looking at how foods affect your blood sugars. JP on the site is very versed in that, and I would add her to your friends and ask her about that. She is one of the most helpful people on the site.

You have to do some homework, and you have to test things to see what makes you spike or not. Like I can't eat white potatoes or spikes me. But vanilla icecream with nuts doesn't. The most important thing is to make sure you stick to portion recommendations. Carbs can sneak up on you if you're not careful.

I hope that helps. There is much more to it, but this can get you started.

butterfly_8 2008-08-12 14:54:23 -0500 Report

No matter what you do also watch your portions. Size does count. On line you can get information on exactly what carbs are and the amount each food contains.

CharlesP 2008-08-16 08:58:51 -0500 Report

I agree with the 30/45 mg carbs per meal. That is what my doctor prescribed for me and I followed it religiously and lost 50 pounds. Watch your portions. If you have to snack choose nuts. Walnuts and Pecans are loaded with the good fats (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated) It helped me to track my food by keeping a chart in Excel and listing all the foods in mg by meal and totalling the sugars, proteins, carbs and fats. I hope this helps.