Kate Cornell was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in June of 2005. Since then, she has controlled diabetes through dietary changes, exercise, and, more recently, metformin. She shares her experiences and lessons learned here and on her blog, kates-sweet-success.blogspot.com, which was named as one of the top diabetes blogs for 2015 by Healthline.com.

Carbohydrates are the one thing that people with diabetes should cut back on, and they are the one thing that can be the most difficult to stop eating! When you think of comfort food, it nearly always contains carbohydrates. Let’s talk about some ways to cut back those carbs.

Mashed potatoes: Nothing says comfort like a mound of mashed potatoes covered in butter and gravy. Unfortunately, just 1 cup of mashed potatoes contains 35 grams of carbs. To cut back on the carb content, try substituting half of the potatoes with mashed cauliflower instead. Mashed cauliflower contains only 6 grams of carbs per cup. You might even like the cauliflower without potatoes at all!

White bread is a definite no-no for people with diabetes. Oddly enough, sourdough bread isn’t quite as bad. The lactic acid in sourdough acts to cut the glycemic impact on blood sugar. You might try baking your own or search the stores for a whole wheat option.

Flour and breadcrumbs are the standard for adding crunch to baked chicken. But ¼ cup of breadcrumbs packs a whopping 20 grams of carbs! Instead, try using crushed nuts, seeds or flakes. Almond flour also makes an excellent breading and is low-carb.

Sandwich or burger buns are guaranteed to cause your blood sugar to rise quickly. Have you ever considered substituting mushrooms instead? Portobello mushrooms make an excellent sandwich “bread”. Romaine lettuce also works well in place of a bun.

Check out this slideshow for even more great ideas on how you can cut back on the carbs and still enjoy some of your favorite foods.