Today’s prompt for Diabetes Blog Weekis ‘to carb or not to carb’.
Today lets blog about what we eat. And perhaps what we dont 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 don’t pretend to have all the answers or do everything right even close to half the time, but I can tell you about my ‘carb philosophy’.
My mom has been on a diet for pretty much my whole life. Name a weight loss program and she has probably been on it at one point or another. Watching her diet has taught me one thing, if you feel deprived of something you are more likely to binge on it when given the opportunity.
So how do I feel about carbs? I eat them.
Some days are better than others, but I try to eat a balanced diet with everything in moderation. There are certain foods that my body just does not react kindly to, so I am more likely to eat potatoes than pasta and fruit than rice.
I’m not sure I would have the same eating habits if I did not wear an insulin pump. I know it gives me the flexibility to eat small snacks here or there or adjust quickly if I eat more than planned.
One of the features of my insulin pump than I use most often in relation to balancing carbs is the dual wave bolus
. Most fast food is very high in carbs but also very fatty. The dual wave allows me to take insulin for the carbs ‘up front’ but also have insulin delivered over a set period of time following the meal to address the slower digestion of some of the carbs because of the added fat. It took some trial and lots of
error but for the places I eat most often, I have things pretty well figured out.
Someone once told me:
You can control your diabetes or you can let your diabetes control you.