I'm type 2, been keeping my carbs low by only having one piece of toast, with coffee, and creamer which is 5grm. Then I'm stuck on what to eat for the rest of the day. hard time with raw veggies anymore. Hubby made a rice, burger dish one night, I added vegs, ate a little,he brought home pizza another, I had 1slice,& carrot. Tonight, salmon, cauliflower with cheese sauce. BG 133 10 pm tho feel awful. Been weak alot. Take 1500 Metformin a day, Cymbalta, pain pills, Dexilant..others. Need help.

Amy Campbell


I’m curious as to why you’re eating so little carbohydrate. Were you advised to do so? People with diabetes can eat carbs, but the key is to watch the amount. In general, aiming for between 30 and 60 grams of carb per meal is a reasonable goal for most people. Carbohydrate is the nutrient that gives your body energy, so not getting enough can certainly leave you feeling weak and tired. Checking your blood glucose before and after meals periodically can tell you how your food intake is affecting your blood glucose, and also help you and your provider decide if your diabetes medicine is working for you. I’d advise two things for you: first, meet with a dietitian to work out a meal plan that gives you adequate carbohydrate for overall energy and health, and second, if your blood glucose levels are not within your target range, talk to your provider about how you might tweak your diabetes medicine (for example, increasing the dose of metformin, or possibly adding another diabetes medicine).

August 10, 2013 at 12:12 am

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Grandmama16 2013-09-20 00:17:17 -0500 Report

Why avoid meat and dairy? I only eat cheeses…very little carbs..but no milk, maybe some ice cream in my coffee for a treat. Believe it or not…yogurt gives me acid reflux. As for meat…it's no carb…what's wrong with that? We can't afford a lot but it sure tastes good. I've been eating a little bit of potato…one med/lg red one between husband and me. Then sliced cooked zucchini with meatloaf in bell pepper. i'd have liked more bread in it tho. Wouldn't mind having a nice baked russet too. Dessert was lite cool whip, sprinkled with no sugar jello with a few raspberries sprinkled in, then all folded together. I also added 4oz cream cheese, whipped smooth. I think the cool whip should be folded in at the last. Oh well, it tasted good.

carolynrm52 2013-09-08 11:12:35 -0500 Report

Read The Starch Solution by Dr. John McDougall. The reason you miss potatoes, rice, and other healthy carbs is because that is what you should be centering your diet around, along with fruits, vegetables, and legumes (while avoiding dairy, meat, and oils). be careful, though, because you may need to reduce or eliminate your medications! Another good resource is Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes. I can tell you from personal experience that this works.

Grandmama16 2013-09-01 01:51:18 -0500 Report

Thanks for your answer. The reason I'm eating so little carbs is panic I guess. It didn't seem like Metformin was keeping my BG down enough. Since then we've been to Reno and ate at a Buffet where I mostly had meat, eggs, veggies. So boring. I cheated one eve and had small slice frosted lemon cake. It didn't affect BG too much. I miss bread, potatoes, pasta, and rice the most. Breads vary so much in carbs,so confusing.I don't eat fruit much since grapes pushed BG up a lot. I eat cantalope but it's probably just as bad. And I use spaghetti squash in place of pasta. However, the high meat and cheese I eat seems to have caused constipation which I've rarely had before. I can't seem to balance things out right. I'm beginning to hate salad. Had popcorn tonight. Yes, with butter. I'm angry. Web MD said we should count fats and protein intake to limit them too, even tho they are low carb. I wrap good sliced lunch meats around cheese, with lettuce…I don't really eat lunch, and am allowing natural PNut butter on my toast in the AM now. Fibromyalgia makes it difficult to exercise. Walking around Reno was hard. I felt like a little ol lady trying to keep up with friends and they are the same age! 69 and 70. Hubby did a lot better and he has Parkinson's.