It’s day four of Diabetes Blog Week. Today we’re talking about carbs – if we eat them or not. Counting carbs has been one of the biggest adjustments for me. I had always eaten a pretty healthy diet, focusing on fresh, whole foods and staying away from processed junk, but I never spent much time paying attention to carbs. I thought it was silly when people got so caught up on things like that (hello, Atkins diet). Of course, now I’m caught up on things like that.
The nurse at my endocrinologist’s office gave me a carb counting book the first time I visited. As I flipped through it later at home, my heart sank. A banana has 28 grams of carbs? A half a cup of ice cream (and who really has half a cup?) has 22? How in the world would I keep my blood sugar down?
I still have a lot to learn when it comes to counting carbs, but I’m slowly getting better at thinking about the number I’m consuming at each meal and snack. I’m also trying to pay attention to which specific foods spike my blood sugar. Unfortunately, ice cream seems to be one that does, so I’m trying to stick to that ridiculously small half a cup serving size.