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Understanding How Food Affects Your Blood Sugar

Carbohydrates Blood glucose is affected most by carbohydrates. And insulin dosing is typically based on food intake, especially carbohydrates. Knowing what foods contain carbohydrates and the amount of carbohydrates in a meal is helpful for blood glucose control. You should aim to include carbohydrates in each meal. Carbohydrate sources like vegetables, fruits and whole grains (high fiber) are preferred over carbohydrate sources with added fats, sugars and salt. Proteins are a necessary part of a balanced diet and can keep you from feeling hungry. They also do not raise your blood glucose like carbohydrates. However, to prevent weight gain, use portion control with proteins. In people with Type 2 diabetes, protein makes insulin work faster, so it may not be a good idea to treat low blood sugar with protein shakes or mixes. Fats Fats are a necessary part of a balanced diet, especially healthy fats like olive oil and fatty fish. The five food groups Some people believe that a diabetes diagnosis means “goodbye” to good food. Not so. Having diabetes does not mean that you can no longer enjoy good food, or that you have to give up your favorite foods. Living with diabetes means eati Continue reading >>

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  1. Bwisneski

    I've been keto for 1 month now and have only lost 6 pounds. I have gained about 3 pounds over that last 2weeks. So technically I've only lost 3pounds. I haven't measured my inches again yet but I'm not feeling like my clothes are fitting loser at all. I haven't been counting macros just keeping my carbs down to 20 per day. I have no idea how to figure the macros so I just keep trying to keep the carbs low is that why I'm not moving much in the direction I want? I do cardio at least 3x a week for 30 min or more. I do feel more energy but seem to not be losing. Ugh!

  2. Fiorella

    Glad to know you are feeling more energy!
    When doing keto for the first time, there are a few common traps/mistakes. From your post, you mention that you track carbs (which is great!). I didn't see a statement about tracking protein, though. There is a common mistake of eating too much protein, and not enough fat. A good target is 1 gram protein per kg lean body mass. Perhaps, this may be something that needs to be looked at?
    Here's a good compilation of advice for keto newbies. Maybe there is something else in here that may trigger more investigation:
    10 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Going Keto
    Tips from the Oldies
    1. The first month or two can be expensive As you change from a diet that is predominantly carbohydrate based to one that is 95% protein and good fats combined, it can be expensive. The cost of flour, rice, cereal and vegetable oil is significantly less than the cost of beef, pork, chicken, avocados and coconut oil. As you farewell the chips, margarine, crackers, bread and potatoes from the depths of your pantry and welcome in those gorgeous fatty cuts of meat, butter and cream your grocery b…

  3. Bwisneski

    Thank you so I guess it looks like I should be adhering to 42g of protein a day as well. What are the best healthy fats to get through the day?

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