My doctor says no carbs, which is particularly impossible. Why does he say this? All of the recipes I see have carbs in them — some of them a lot! My doctor says only meat and vegetables. I am on a pump. My A1C is good to excellent. I take medications for blood pressure and thyroid.
It’s generally quite difficult to follow a “no carb” diet. Plus, avoiding carbohydrate foods altogether is not recommended, as many carb foods – fruits, whole grains, lowfat milk, beans – provide important nutrients and fiber that are needed for good health. Eating just meat and vegetables will not give you a balanced diet. People with diabetes can certainly eat carbohydrate, but the key is controlling the amount and, in your case, knowing how to properly “cover” your carbohydrate intake with the right amount of insulin. Many people who use the pump do an “advanced” form of carb counting, which involves using an insulin-to-carbohydrate ratio and a sensitivity factor. Both of these need to be determined for you and are based on an algorithm that helps you properly cover your carbohydrate intake and correct for high blood glucose. A dietitian or diabetes educator can help you with advanced carb-counting; you might also talk with your doctor and let him or her know that this is an approach that you’d like to try so that you can still eat healthy carbohydrate foods.