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Low Carb Vs. High Carb - My Surprising 24-day Diabetes Diet Battle

Twitter summary: What I learned from doubling my carb intake: the same average blood sugar, but four times as much hypoglycemia, more work, stress, & danger. As a teenager, I ate a high carb diet that included lots of Goldfish crackers, white sandwich bread, pasta, and white potatoes. It was tasty, but it put my blood sugars on a wild roller coaster every single day. Things turned around in college when I learned about nutrition, got on CGM, and spent time with health conscious friends. I soon realized that eating less than 30 grams of carbs at one time was a complete gamechanger. I’ve stuck with that approach ever since. But is this lower carb method actually better for my blood sugars, or have I just been fooling myself? To find out, I took on a somewhat terrifying self-tracking experiment: 12 days of my usual, lower-carb diet, which averaged 146 grams of carbs per day (21% of daily calories). My carbs were primarily from nuts, seeds, vegetables, and a bit of fruit. 12 days of a higher-carb, high whole-grain diet, which averaged 313 grams of carbs per day (43% of my daily calories). My sources of carbs were NOT junk food: plain oatmeal, whole wheat bread, quinoa, wild rice, and Continue reading >>

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  1. m

    Stressed Out by Gestational Diabetes

    Hello all!
    So I gave up smoking and alcohol cold turkey as soon as I found out that I was pregnant at about 4 weeks. I am currently 36 weeks pregnant...I had virtually no morning sickness and I've gained about 35 lbs. The doctors always tell us that the baby is in great condition, head down and no signs of complications. OTHER than me failing my glucose testing.... I went to meet with the dietician about 2 weeks ago and I easily got over my fear of needles and i have no problem testing 4 times a day.
    Maybe its just me, BUT THE DIET IS RIDICULOUS! I can no longer have my normal cereal, lowfat milk and orange for breakfast... I am such a fruit fanatic but now restricted to 1 fruit a day. My number is always over 90 but less than 100 when I get up...and I even had to give up my 90% of my rice and bread intake (I'm asian so that was the hardest part). I was ok at first but now I feel that I am getting stressed over this when I've changed my diet so drastically, yet 50% of my numbers are between 120 and 140....when I was told they have to be <= 120.
    and most of the time i feel like i am starving my baby...i have even lost about 5 lbs in my 8th month. I know this is what is best for my baby but i don't think the stress is good either....
    Any thoughts?

  2. michellesusar

    First off, your baby will take what she needs first, so don't worry about starving her. Secondly, I am so there with you! Everything I want to eat is something I shouldn't or just plain can't eat. I am so tired of eating the same things because I know they're safe. We just have to hang on a few more weeks!

  3. peachescobb

    i also have gestational diabetes, had it with last pregnancy also. was tested early 10 weeks along now 35 weeks. the highest levels for morning should be less than 100 and they usually not too worried if 2 hrs after meals less than 140. i have only gained 3-5 lbs with pregnancy but baby is growing fine. when feeling hungry drink a glass of water, i add crystal light to mine and for snacks try string cheese these are usually less than 1 mg carb.

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