Thursday, May 13, 2010

To Carb Or Not To Carb

 I hope you all are enjoying Diabetes Blog Week as much as I am! The topics have really gotten me thinking, which is a good thing.  Here's today's topic: To carb or not to carb.

Thursday 5/13 - 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?

I've talked a little bit here about my "food philosophy" but today's topic is a chance to expand on that.

I'm a carb lover. There are not a lot of carby foods that I don't love.

The thing about my love of carbs is that it makes maintaining my blood sugar levels difficult. I've never been a believer in a "diabetes diet"  but I do believe in moderation. I can eat anything I want as long as I bolus but not at every single meal. Lucky for my diabetes is that Steve isn't a fan of bread or pastas. I know, who doesn't like pasta?! On occasion I eat a carb-heavy meal but I always pay for it with blood sugars that are harder to control. That and it goes straight to my hips and but.

While I am trying to cut down on my carbs there is no way I would go no-carb. Our bodies need carbs and if you already have kidney damage too much protein is not healthy for you. Luckily, *knock on wood* I don't have kidney damage. Of course this is my opinion and there are people out there who completely disagree with me. That's ok. So I guess I should rephrase my previous statement and say that no-carb isn't for everyone. (Please don't leave mean comments!)

Fruits and veggies are probably my favorite food groups. I could probably be a vegetarian if there weren't so many meat dishes I liked.  

To carb or not to carb? Well, is say carb but in moderation. I try to choose whole grain carbs but on occasion a grilled cheese on white bread tastes so damn good. If I want a treat like a cupcake I have it but I make sure to not eat it every day. Moderation, people, moderation.


  1. YUMMMM, grilled cheese!
    Kelly K

  2. I think in moderation carbs are quite fine.T^here are also differentiation between good and bad carbs...unlikely of all the sweet potato is a good carb I read the other day.