I met with a dietitian on Monday to discuss ways to tighten up my control of my diabetes (particularly with plans to become pregnant in the near future, but that's not a necessary component to this discussion). I already have pretty good control, but it can always be better and I thought reviewing carb counting and such would be helpful.
It's been at least 9 years since I last met with a dietitian… probably more than that, (maybe as long back as it was when I was diagnosed) but we'll pretend that I met with them when I was a youngster. This dietitian told me that they had changed their mind about protein since I last met with someone. Then, protein was not something they really accounted for. Now, its a major factor.
The biggest thing she talked about was creating a 2:1 ratio between carbohydrates and protein. Carbs are still a necessary part of anyone's diet, since they fuel the body — but for a diabetic, protein is needed to keep the blood sugars taking big swings. The dietitian said that by keeping 1 gram of protein for every 2 grams of carbohydrate in my diet, it would keep the swings much smaller.
As much as I've been able to do it, I have noticed that my blood sugars are less swingy. The problem for me is creating that balance.
I'm not a carb hoarding sugar monster. This isn't an issue of me loving my sweets too much. It's just that I'm not fond of lots of high protein foods… nor do I want to expand my waste line with foods that while high in protein, are also high in fat. I've looked into beans, I'm switching my diet to foods created from whole wheat (high in fiber and protein — both good things), but few of them have the 2:1 balance naturally (or better still, high in protein, low in carbs and fat). If I eat beans, the protein is good — but the carbs in it make it impossible to eat… something else.
So here's the discussion: Do any of you maintain a 2:1 balance? If so, how do you manage it? Am I looking at a future of protein powder (yuck in my mind) or snacking on lunch meats? Even if you don't maintain a 2:1, what do you do for protein aside from the regular items of meat, cheese and eggs? Since a lot of diabetics die of heart disease, its important to keep the lower fat, lower cholesterol in mind. How do you handle it?
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