In this week's Twitter chat, we discussed a topic that causes a lot of confusion and stress to many a diabetic: carb counting.
Our diabetes advocate and type 1 diabetic herself, Jewels Doskicz (@She_Sugar), returned as our host.
We were lucky to have a distinguished and qualified special guest, Hope Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE, (@HopeWarshaw), to give us her insight on carbohydrate and how to carb count for better diabetes care. You can read this article for more information on her expertise, books, interviews, and other authored sources.
We began with brief introductions and then went right to the first question:
Jewels explained that a carbohydrate budget is a safety zone, or the limit of carbs you let yourself eat each day. Most people have a range they like to stick to.
The American Association of Diabetes Educators, Iowa sector, gave a clear definition of a carbohydrate budget:
Our next question was, "How do you count your carbohydrates at home — accuracy vs. estimating?"
Some people said they rely on years of experience with diabetes for counting carbs:
Hope Warshaw reminded us that accuracy is vital for better diabetes care, and that our accuracy wanes over time.
Others agreed with Hope:
We followed with this question:
Hope told us a surprising statistic that the average American eats out 5 times a week — therefore, learning to carb count restaurant food is essential for diabetics around the nation.
People voiced the challenges they face at restaurants:
Others gave their advice on how to successfully carb count at restaurants:
For the fourth question we asked, "What method do you use to count carbohydrates accurately?"
We had some very helpful responses:
Hope gave another helpful tip about counting carbs when eating Asian food, saying you should "up carb by 5 to 10 gm from corn starch, marinades, and sauces."
With question 5, we moved into the technology realm of diabetes management, asking:
Some people like to keep it simple:
While others embrace the apps and online tools the diabetes world has to offer:
For our last question of the night we asked:
Lots of people wanted to consume more whole foods and fewer processed ones:
We had a few latecomers who asked:
And the answer is yes! Don't miss out on our Twitter chat next week, January 27, at 9pm ET, #DCDE.