How many carbs should people with diabetes eat?
Recently here on Diabetes- What To Know, I have seen readers asking: “How many carbohydrates should I eat?”
I remember nine years ago when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, my doctor handed me a few pamphlets and set up an appointment for me at the diabetes clinic attached to a local hospital. The pamphlets showed pictures of how to “guess” at the size for portions and gave me a suggested amount of carbohydrates to eat for each meal.
Label reading and checking nutritional information became the new normal for me. Nine years later, I am still doing both. I do a little less checking on nutritional information simply because after all this time I know the carbohydrate values for most of the fresh foods I use for my meals. I still do a fair amount of label reading, but since I use less and less packaged foods, even that has decreased. What is still part of my life is my carbohydrate budget. In my opinion, all of us with diabetes (type 2 especially) should have a carbohydrate budget.
Those original pamphlets suggested having 45 grams for breakfast, 60 grams each for lunch and dinner and two snacks of 15 grams each. I decided immediately that those suggestions were too high. Back then I had NO reason other than if that was the suggestion, I would do better with less. I can be very competitive. As it turned out, for my size, weight, and level of exercise, I was right. But that made me right, ONLY FOR ME.
For some people with diabetes the amounts I choose to eat are too little, for others, they are too much. I must have written this phrase a gazillion times over the yea Continue reading