Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Rethinking Food

Okay, so my last post was a bit of a downer. Sorry about that people. Illness + Diabetes don't play well.

The good news is that I'm starting to feel like my self again. Yay! Oddly, the past 36 hours I've had to lower my basal rate by 30% and yet the highest I've been is around 125 mg/dL and no lower than 80 mg/dL. Pretty awesome! A big part of that could be diet. You see, since I'm dealing with the oh so gross thrush (symptoms are 95% gone!) I've stopped eating anything with sugar: bread, rice, fruits, ect. Basically any carb except for veggies have been banish from my diet at least for another day or two. Staying away from anything that turns into sugar and keeping tight control on my blood sugar is going to help stop thrush. What a yucky and gross side of diabetes, huh?

Anyway, this decrease in basal rate has me thinking. If the reason my insulin needs have come down is a result of diet then maybe I should reconsider my diet. I am so close to my goal a1c and at this point it is little things that are going to make a difference. I'm already doing all the big things.

As I talked about during Diabetes Blog Week, I believe in moderation when it comes to diet. Maybe there is something to a low-carb diet. I love me some carbs, but maybe I should make carb-centric meals on occasion. Not only would this be good for my diabetes but also for my weight loss journey. There are a ton of different schools of thoughts on carbs and diabetes and I want YOUR thoughts. I don't think I can keep up this absolutely no carb diet I'm currently doing but I don't want to go carb crazy once I'm able to eat them.

How do you mange the amount of carbs you eat each day? Do you have a maximum amount of carbs per meal/snack?


  1. I have been having the same thoughts lately! (fitting since we are A1C buddies??). I am trying out low carb for at least two meals a day (leaving wiggle room) to see how it goes with my A1c in Aug. Unfortunately I failed tonight and turned into a monster that ate half a box of granola bars and a bunch of doritos.

    Oh well, tomorrow is another day. I will try again.

    Good luck, and let us know what you decide and if it works or not!

  2. I try to stick to around 50g CHO max per meal. The exception being if it's a pasta meal, where it may be more like 80g. Pasta doesn't hit me the way that other carbs do, so my insulin to carb ratio is about half of my normal level. In saying that, in the past when I've gone super low carb, my BG has been outstanding. I just can't seem to break the mental/emotional attachment to carbs. Hope it all works out for you.