Reasons Why I Do This (YDMV)
-My body is very insulin resistant (I:C 1:5). To eat 50 carbs in one meal would require I take 10 units of insulin (assuming no additional correction dose needed) and I don't like having that much IOB.
-Less insulin working in your body, less BG risk
-Smaller meals = less aggressive post-meal spike
-After following this type of meal plan for 1 year I lost 10 pounds without doing any exercise (yes, it's bad that I didn't exercise for a year)
-I found that I wasn't hungry, even though I was slashing my daily carb intake
-It forces me to try new forms of proteins and vegetables, which in turn makes me healthier
How I Do This
-Like most diabetics, I eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch almost every day. Dinner varies, but is almost always a protein paired with a veggie (never a starch).
-I typically don't eat more than 25 carbs per meal or snack. Most of my snacks are 10-15 carbs.
-I prefer to not have any IOB when I start my next meal. Therefore, I eat around 7:30 a.m., Noon and 6:30 p.m. Snacks sometimes happen around 10:30 and 3:30, if I am hungry.
-I don't eat: fast food, take out, sweets, pasta, rice, potatoes, pizza.
-When I eat out I order the most carb friendly dish I can find (i.e. protein, salad, swap out starch for greens, etc.).
-I have been known to bring my own food to gatherings, no one cares.
Monday, August 26
|Breakfast: 1/2 English muffin w/PB, turkey sausage = 15 carbs (not pictured: cup of black tea)|
|Lunch: Ham, cheese, lettuce, tomato, avocado, mustard wrap and sugar free Jello = 20 carbs|
|Mid-Afternoon Snack: baby apple w/PB = 15 carbs|
|Dinner: Chicken breast w/mushroom sauce = 10 carbs|
Tuesday, August 27
|Morning coffee. I never bolus for coffee.|
|Wrap in the wild (a.k.a. my desk)|
|Dinner: 3 hard shell tacos w/fixin's = 21 carbs|
8/21 = 56
8/22 = 61
8/23 = 25
8/24 = 39
8/25 = 27
8/26 = 50
8/27 = 56
What do you do if you're still hungry?
-Nature Valley high protein granola bars
-Spoonful(s) of peanut butter
What do you drink?
-Red or white wine
-Clear alcohol (vodka or gin) with diet tonic or club soda
Some may read this and find it extremely limiting. For me, it has actually helped reduce the anxiety and stress I was feeling toward managing my diabetes. I know what I will eat, how many carbs it is and how it will effect my body. I've dramatically reduced the variability I used to see in a day. This brings me peace.
Some may read this and say, "my God, how do you have the willpower/motivation to do this day in, day out". To that I would say a) welcome to diabetes and b) I have reached a point in my life where I want better BG control MORE than I want to eat high carb foods.
If nothing else, you now have a better understanding of my obsession with peanut butter.