Day 4 - To carb or not to carb. Today let’s blog about what we eat. And perhaps what we don’t eat. Some believe a low carb diet is important in diabetes management, while others believe carbs are fine as long as they are counted and bolused for. Which side of the fence do you fall on? What kind of things do you eat for meals and snacks? What foods do you deem bolus-worthy? What other foodie wisdom would you like to share?
before i had diabetes, carbs freaked me out a little. the last few years of atkins/south beach hype have left the idea of "carbs" with somewhat of a bad aftertaste, and i've always tried to avoid/skimp on breads and starches wherever possible. however, diabetes takes that to a whole new level.
the truth it is, it is much easier to eat as a diabetic if you keep things low carb, especially when eating out of your home. when i'm in my kitchen and can weigh all of my food on a food scale, measure it, and plop it on my plate, i can be more confident in my carb measurements/bolusing (which still doesn't always work anyway) but when i'm out and about trying to gauge if there is 1/4 cup or 1/2 a cup of rice, things get difficult. this is where the "bolusworthy" term really applies. if i'm going to be bolusing for carbs, they better be damn good ones. i almost never eat sandwiches because they just don't do it for me, but you better believe that a yogurt and granola parfait will be eaten and bolused for at least once a week.
my breakfast, oatmeal, is obviously overwhelmingly carb'd, but i measure and eat it at home so there's no real guessing involved. when i'm out, i try to stick to salads, veggies, and seafood to keep the carbs low and the calorie gain low as well. eggs and peanut butter have earned a whole new category in my life as low/no-carb godsends.
of course, sometimes i'll be out to dinner, and the dangerous/sinful/regrettable/whatever the hell chocolate cake will be calling my name, and i will give myself some obscene amount of insulin in order to eat said dessert. sometimes i will be spot on with this calculation, and sometimes i won't, but i've already come to terms with the possible highs/lows when i decided to eat the cake. it must be bolusworthy - a word with an ever-changing definition.