Kathleen Williams
By Kathleen Williams Latest Reply 2010-10-24 07:41:33 -0500
Started 2010-10-22 14:37:05 -0500

Can anyone tell how much cars to eat in a day? And what is good carbs and bad carbs?

4 replies

Harlen 2010-10-23 10:46:46 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
Cut the bread ,rice and spuds way down lol O and cut the sweets way back
lol lol lol

Best wishes

RAYT721 2010-10-23 10:04:08 -0500 Report

Hello… and welcome to our family/community. I wish I had a straight "one size fits all" answer to your question but each of us have our own mind, body and souls to work with. This makes us alike but very, very different. What works for me won't work for you. Yes, carbs are very important in diabetes but there's other things to consider… likes and dislikes, blood glucose effects, fat, sodium, calories and much more.

All carbs are good and all carbs are bad. I know that isn't helping much but you need carbohydrates for energy. Most food that contain carbs also contain other nutrients that your body needs so you shouldn't avoid them completely on a carb-free diet. Carbs, in moderation, are good. This doesn't mean you should go run out to buy a snicker's bar and a coke but use those carb allowances for more nutritious foods. Beans are high in carbs but you can deduct the fiber to get "net carbs" and add to it the nutrition from the vitamins. 23 g of carbs in beans is the same as 23 g of carbs in that sugar sweetened cereal … but one is a good carb while the other is bad.

Your mind, body and soul (and meter) is the best way to determine what amount of carbs will keep your blood sugars regulated. You are better off looking at carbs per meal as opposed to per day or week or month. The right ratio will come in time as you try things and test things in your life. You don't have to live on chicken and salads for the rest of your life. There are a lot of awesome recipes for diabetics but be warned that some recipes for diabetics contain, in my opinion, high carbs. I have to question recipes that exceed 50 grams being diabetic friendly when an alternative recipe can half that gram count.

Reading food and recipe labels is a great endeavor but more importantly is looking at serving sizes. Many products will boast low carb, low calorie, low fat, low whatever and that's try because the serving size is not even recognized on a scale. It's great to consume a half cup or ounce of this or that but that's hardly a meal (or even a snack) if you're back in the refrigerator in 10 minutes for another serving.

My advice… eat smaller meals and snack and eat them more frequently. Fill up your system with water each chance you get and that's not only for weight control but for your system. Test frequently. Exercise as often as you can and that's not just about gym exercise. Burn calories. Live life to its fullest. Focus on what you can and should eat over what you can't or shouldn't eat. Experiment. Swap.

Diabetes is not only a disease but a lifestyle. Trust me, we ALL understand the fears, feelings and frustrations of what you have, are and will be going through.

You're in the right place … WELCOME!

kdroberts 2010-10-22 14:48:46 -0500 Report

I wouldn't recommend eating cars! The number of carbs in a day is very personal and something you have to figure out yourself by eating and testing your blood sugar. Too high after eating means you ate too many. It's also better to think of it as carbs per meal since you can't save them up like calories. For instance, if you figure out you can eat 30g per meal you can't eat 15g at lunch and breakfast then eat 60g at dinner.

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